Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life

by Kevin O'leary

Doubleday Canada | May 29, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 7.

Kevin O’Leary shares invaluable secrets on entrepreneurship, business, money and life.
 
Can you make millions just by “visualizing yourself rich” as some business prophets suggest? Don’t buy it, says Kevin O’Leary. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur and amass wealth, you’re going to have to work for it. But the good news is: with the right guidance, focus and perseverance, you can turn entrepreneurial vision into lucrative reality and have the personal freedom that only wealth can buy.  

Kevin O’Leary would know. The much-feared and revered Dragon on the immensely popular show Dragons’ Den (and Shark Tank in the U.S.) started his company in his basement with a $10,000 loan from his financially savvy mother. A few years later, Kevin sold that company for more than four billion dollars. In this compelling, candid and, above all else, brutally honest business memoir, Kevin provides engaging, practical advice and lessons that will give anyone a distinct competitive edge.




From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.73 in

Published: May 29, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385671768

ISBN - 13: 9780385671767

Found in: Business and Finance

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Rated out of 5 by from Hey Guys, Nothing "cold hard" about this book that we don't know. Basically, what he is saying is to be mean with money and relationship. Imagine,if Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln,Martin Luther king and Nelson Mandela were mean like Kevin O'leary? were they not successful ? This book is a must for lazy day dreamers. Only for billionaires, totally cut off from middle class and reality.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!! The best book ever. Go to the store and buy one now, it's amazing:)
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brutal, but it's so true. Love this guy. His words are brutal. But he's not afraid speaking about the truth in the real world. No suger coating. I can't put the book down.
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to read I could not put this book down, also picked up a lot of good tips. Kevin turned out to be a good guy after all.
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read The book does not disappoint and is true to it's title - in fact, right from the inside cover the book stakes it's claim as a no-nonsense slap upside your head read taking a swipe other books and authors asking you to "visualizing yourself rich" - the book takes a brutally honest approach providing the steps, intensity and no B.S. approach necessary to obtaining all goals Mr. O'Leary documents the valuable lessons he learned, sometimes humiliating, that made him take responsibility for his own actions in creating a four billion dollar business out of a $10,000.00 investment, working out of his basement - Mr. O'Leary was able to create his own luck and all success was well earned, surprisingly while suffering from dyslexia Through the many great lessons provided you can easily avoid many of the pitfalls many entrepreneurs encounter - I believe this book is a must read for all students and most importantly those protestors taking part in the current occupy movement on Wall Street and other cities - if these folks had any idea of the amount of hard work and sacrifice, including time away from family, to become the 1% they rally against they would appreciate and perhaps be inspired to follow such a path - they can then make a real difference towards society or the 99% they claim to represent I give this book my highest review - thank you Mr. O'Leary for for an excellent read, a book that that Ayn Rand would thoroughly enjoy In closing, here is a my favorite quote: "Capitalism creates freedom, after all, and I can't think of a loftier, more important calling than that."
Date published: 2011-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Show me the money! Yep, that's what Kevin seems to be doing the best - sniffing where the money are and making sure he gets there first! Interesting story from the person who proudly says that a lot of people call him @$$hole and I think he is really proud of it. Anyway, loved the book, will recommend for sure - makes you smile, makes you think and got a lot of lessons about the money.
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good! My husband had picked up he Dragons' books for his business department at school. I just picked this on up to read over the Thanksgiving weekend. I don't usually go for this type of reading material, since I think it's probably dry. I was surprised that I couldn't put it down! Kevin's personality comes right through in the pages, and it's entirely amusing. The book also inspired me to be a bit more of a chance taker, or at least think about it.
Date published: 2011-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cold Hard Truth I went into this book with a different idea of what it was going to be, I liked it. Not mean I didn't want to read the book or I didn't think it would have good information but the life part was very interesting and told in a way that was witty and a little funny. Most Interesting was to find that the seeming cold hearted dragon had to over come disabilities and family separations in a few very hard ways that help him separate the feelings from business. Thought out the book at the end of each chapter there are summaries of the main points made and what you should have taken from it. So if your really lazy I'm sure you could get the point by read each one of these, but I would recommend the read.
Date published: 2011-09-27

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Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life

by Kevin O'leary

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.73 in

Published: May 29, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385671768

ISBN - 13: 9780385671767

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SPEND THE INTEREST, NEVER THE PRINCIPAL— AND OTHER LESSONS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME   Why A$$holes Get Rich   It was the fall of 2006, and the place was Pearson International Airport in Toronto. I was with my wife, Linda, and our kids, Savannah and Trevor. We had just flown in from our place in Boston to hit the Toronto International Film Festival. I had to use the men’s room, so I asked my family to wait outside for a second. While washing my hands and minding my own business, I could sense next to me a stranger turning and staring at my profile. He was doing it every few seconds.   These were the early days of Dragons’ Den . If you tuned in to the CBC show back then, you’d have seen five well-dressed venture capitalists shifting around uncomfortably in mismatched chairs in some anonymous warehouse in downtown Toronto.   The cast that first season consisted of Jim Treliving, of Boston Pizza fame; Robert Herjavec, who made a fortune in Internet security software; Laurence Lewin, who had an enviable job helming a lingerie empire; and Jennifer Woods, a whip-smart cattle mogul. One after the other, jittery entrepreneurs descended a staircase to present their business proposals, in hopes of scoring much-needed injections of capital to take them to the next level. Much like in the real world, we invested in some, but we dismissed most. I have to admit that on more than one occasion   during the shoot, I thought I had made a mistake align
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Kevin O’Leary shares invaluable secrets on entrepreneurship, business, money and life.
 
Can you make millions just by “visualizing yourself rich” as some business prophets suggest? Don’t buy it, says Kevin O’Leary. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur and amass wealth, you’re going to have to work for it. But the good news is: with the right guidance, focus and perseverance, you can turn entrepreneurial vision into lucrative reality and have the personal freedom that only wealth can buy.  

Kevin O’Leary would know. The much-feared and revered Dragon on the immensely popular show Dragons’ Den (and Shark Tank in the U.S.) started his company in his basement with a $10,000 loan from his financially savvy mother. A few years later, Kevin sold that company for more than four billion dollars. In this compelling, candid and, above all else, brutally honest business memoir, Kevin provides engaging, practical advice and lessons that will give anyone a distinct competitive edge.




From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

KEVIN O’LEARY is one of North America’s most successful business entrepreneurs, as well as a star on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and ABC’s Shark Tank. Kevin founded and built SoftKey (later The Learning Company), the global leader in educational kids’ software, and negotiated its sale to Mattel for $4.2 billion in 1999. Since then, he has successfully co-founded, funded, and sold numerous companies in a range of industries, including storage, entertainment, and finance. Today, Kevin is the Chairman of O’Leary Funds, a $1.7 billion mutual fund company. He is also the co-host of CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange and Discovery Channel’s Project Earth, and the host CBC’s new reality series, Kevin O''Leary’s Redemption Inc.




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Editorial Reviews

 “O’Leary’s book reads exactly like he talks on Dragon’s Den. He’s a consummate marketer, so it’s no surprise he does a masterful job of telling his life story with the right mix of swagger and humility. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for his business acumen, drive and determination. And if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or someone who’s debating whether to pursue your passion, you’ll get some invaluable advice and cold hard truth for the bargain price of just $29.95.”
—Hamilton Spectator

“[Kevin O’Leary] is a master at relaying the cold, hard truth to people, even when it makes them cry and stomp their feet. That''s why the title of his new memoir, Cold Hard Truth, cuts to the heart of his philosophy of life and money, which really boils down to one thing: focus on making cash or get out of business.”
—Chatelaine


From the Hardcover edition.