12/19/2012 11:20 AM
Kevin O’Leary, Cold Hard Truth, on Business, Money & Life
Short Book Review by Dar Schwanbeck, CMC, Managing Director, NABI
Once (or if) you can get past O’Leary’s hard-assed, unflinching love of money, he does offer valuable insight into entrepreneurship, business and life in general. Perhaps what’s most interesting is that Kevin is pushing us to be real in our relationships and business dealings; it just so happens that money is his chosen currency. For some of us our currency might be time, perceived status in the community, etc., but whatever it is, let’s not waste it….nor detract from those who want to accumulate more of it (e.g. money, status).
Because we at NABI work day-to-day with entrepreneurs, I particularly enjoyed some of the later chapters (i.e. 8 through 12). In those sections he talks about dealing with failure, tough times and rejection; the soft and emotional sides of making a pitch to investors; knowing your audience; a list of key questions that every entrepreneur should be able to answer (whether in front of investors or customers), and of course, the need to be on top of your “numbers.” And he’s not talking about the absolute numbers: he’s referring to the underlying assumptions and facts that support your numbers. Throughout these sections he offers many practical tips.
I guess what I liked best is that he gives real, straight feedback and has no time for BS. Somehow I think the world could use more of this. A good guide and inspiration; a recommended read, 247 pages, DoubleDay Canada, 2011.
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4/2/2013 11:47 AM
I'm impressed. You're truly well informed and very intelligent. You wrote something that people could understand and made the subject intriguing for everyone. I'm saving this for future use.