Cold Hard Truth

Cold Hard Truth

On Business, Money & Life

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2011.
ISBN: 9780385671743
Characteristics: 247 p. :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.


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fschmidkonz Feb 15, 2013

I liked Kevin from his time at BNN. I wanted to learn more about this person. He is definitively a sales guy -always exagerating the qualities of the product to get the sale done. This book is sales himself and his products: lately O'Leary Funds....One key question comes if he was not that great for Finance (his time at SoftKey) how could he be given financial advice?
Having said that - I still like him.

Jan 22, 2013

Some great ideas and advice, but some of it is overexaggerated (ie. what it takes to be an entrepreneur questionnaire). Regardless, I think most of us can learn some things from this book.

Jan 07, 2013

Great stuff by a successful canadian...

Nov 03, 2012

An interesting read that is fast paced but still manages to offer some good advice. Actually has me reconsidering my stance on growth investments. Kevin's history offered up here cast him in a different light from what he projects on TV as well. I'd recommend this book.

Jul 06, 2012

I liked this mainly for Kevin's backstory. He had an interesting, international upbringing and a very good education. Maybe not quite the rough tough guy he likes to project. As always, Kevin says it like it is.
A quick, good, read.

Mar 21, 2012

Kevin O'eary "redeemed"himself (in my eyes) a little after watching the show "Redemption", as far as I am concerned a showed some heart to the people involved. They were not an easy group but it gave me a new perspective of Mr. Wonderful.

Jan 16, 2012

I think that for people who hate O'Leary based only on his TV persona, this book will give them a new appreciation for his (somewhat sophistic) philosophy of life and money, which are one and the same. There is method behind his apparent mad obsession with wealth, and although he doesn't necessarily reveal anything very groundbreaking, his advice rings true.

I found the story of building Softkey into TLC and then later, Mattel, was somewhat thrilling, if maybe a little oversimplified, and surely, some of his own failings were omitted.

Nov 20, 2011

Just finished reading Kevin O'Leary's Cold Hard Truth. Good and quick read. Some interesting rules of thumb but as I read it I couldn't help thinking about the adage - "there is only one golden rule, there are no golden rules". O'Leary seems to think there are a few.

debwalker Sep 22, 2011

From the Dragon's Den.
"The fire-breathing dragon. Known for his ego, steely gaze and scorching verbal lashings."
Courtney Shea

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