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In his bestselling business book Driven: How to Succeed in Business and in Life, Robert Herjavec, the former co-star of CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and current co-star of ABC TV’s Shark Tank, urged his readers to take risks, take control of their lives, and stay true to their own visions. Now, in this inspirational follow-up, Herjavec wants to push his readers even further towar In his bestselling business book Driven: How to Succeed in Business and in Life, Robert Herjavec, the former co-star of CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and current co-star of ABC TV’s Shark Tank, urged his readers to take risks, take control of their lives, and stay true to their own visions. Now, in this inspirational follow-up, Herjavec wants to push his readers even further towards greatness. Whether you are seeking to build the next big company in communications technology, to become the most respected teacher in your educational system, or to make a lasting impact as an artist in your field, the most important decision you can make, according to Herjavec, is to reject mediocrity. In the long run, “good enough” is never good enough, whether in our personal lives or in our careers. Drawing on anecdotes from his own life and from the lives of celebrity friends such as Oprah, Georges St-Pierre and Celine Dion, Herjavec delivers valuable life lessons that promise to guide readers to greater happiness and success.


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In his bestselling business book Driven: How to Succeed in Business and in Life, Robert Herjavec, the former co-star of CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and current co-star of ABC TV’s Shark Tank, urged his readers to take risks, take control of their lives, and stay true to their own visions. Now, in this inspirational follow-up, Herjavec wants to push his readers even further towar In his bestselling business book Driven: How to Succeed in Business and in Life, Robert Herjavec, the former co-star of CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and current co-star of ABC TV’s Shark Tank, urged his readers to take risks, take control of their lives, and stay true to their own visions. Now, in this inspirational follow-up, Herjavec wants to push his readers even further towards greatness. Whether you are seeking to build the next big company in communications technology, to become the most respected teacher in your educational system, or to make a lasting impact as an artist in your field, the most important decision you can make, according to Herjavec, is to reject mediocrity. In the long run, “good enough” is never good enough, whether in our personal lives or in our careers. Drawing on anecdotes from his own life and from the lives of celebrity friends such as Oprah, Georges St-Pierre and Celine Dion, Herjavec delivers valuable life lessons that promise to guide readers to greater happiness and success.

30 review for Driven: How To Succeed In Business And In Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex Gregory

    As a business book and general read for anyone looking to become an entrepreneur, Robert Herjavec's "Driven" is a great piece. As a narrative, it's all over the place. Each chapter of the book is devoted to one of Robert's lessons, with various anecdotes being peppered throughout. While the material is great and has some powerful lessons for those starting up there own vision, it's downright impossible to go back to a chapter and find what you want. Not only are there way too many chapters in the As a business book and general read for anyone looking to become an entrepreneur, Robert Herjavec's "Driven" is a great piece. As a narrative, it's all over the place. Each chapter of the book is devoted to one of Robert's lessons, with various anecdotes being peppered throughout. While the material is great and has some powerful lessons for those starting up there own vision, it's downright impossible to go back to a chapter and find what you want. Not only are there way too many chapters in the book (which could have been streamlined), but you can already get the gist of the book's contents by just scanning the chapter listing. If you're looking for interesting material like Herjavec's experiences on Shark Tank or his family history, you won't be able to find it short of re-reading the book. That said, the lessons are generally short and easy to read, with a very conversational style that makes for great reading. If you're looking for a primer on entrepreneurship, you could do a lot worse than this.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    What a fabulous rags to riches story! Robert Herjavec comes from a hard-working immigrant family in Canada to become known as one of the Sharks on America's "Shark Tank." Robert has build businesses in the same industy in which I work, so this book gives a greater understanding of what it takes to start and grow an IT reseller business in today's world. However, he does not forget from whence he came, how he learned to read people and become a supers salesperson and a hugely successful business What a fabulous rags to riches story! Robert Herjavec comes from a hard-working immigrant family in Canada to become known as one of the Sharks on America's "Shark Tank." Robert has build businesses in the same industy in which I work, so this book gives a greater understanding of what it takes to start and grow an IT reseller business in today's world. However, he does not forget from whence he came, how he learned to read people and become a supers salesperson and a hugely successful business owner, the importance of great employees, and how he manages to keep his family first in his very busy life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who works in IT Sales, Marketing, or distribution as there are many, many business life and business lessons included here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert Real

    Looking for something to read on my daily ttc commute, I picked this up last weekend. I'm a regular Dragon's Den Viewer, and a tech/business geek, so I thought it would be an interesting read. The insights and behind the scenes look at Dragons Den / Shark Tank, have been interesting. More interesting (to me at least), are his insights on business pitches, the story of how he succeeded and his advice for entrepeneurs. A great read, and one I'll probably re-visit soon. Looking for something to read on my daily ttc commute, I picked this up last weekend. I'm a regular Dragon's Den Viewer, and a tech/business geek, so I thought it would be an interesting read. The insights and behind the scenes look at Dragons Den / Shark Tank, have been interesting. More interesting (to me at least), are his insights on business pitches, the story of how he succeeded and his advice for entrepeneurs. A great read, and one I'll probably re-visit soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amr

    The book is a nice gift, and it's the first time I know about Dragons’ Den. I started checking the old news coverage about one of the book's first stories here: http://startupnorth.ca/2007/10/29/job... http://www.instigatorblog.com/jobloft... https://theeyeopener.com/2007/01/how-... And although I don't believe TV reality shows that are designed for drama by definition (as one of the articles notes), but the book seems interesting. --- On page 14 the author tells an interesting story about how the pro The book is a nice gift, and it's the first time I know about Dragons’ Den. I started checking the old news coverage about one of the book's first stories here: http://startupnorth.ca/2007/10/29/job... http://www.instigatorblog.com/jobloft... https://theeyeopener.com/2007/01/how-... And although I don't believe TV reality shows that are designed for drama by definition (as one of the articles notes), but the book seems interesting. --- On page 14 the author tells an interesting story about how the producer approached him in a clever sales-oriented way to convince him of joining the show: he send him a DVD about it, asked him to make a call after watching it, in the call asked for a visit, during the visit they discussed a lot of unrelated things to keep the flow of the conversation till the point of introducing the idea. He bought it directly after getting prepared well in this way. (if someone else he'd just throw the idea and run away in the first communication, and of course would get rejected!) the author was surprised that after all of that he'd just go for an audition, not the show directly, but he continued the process willingly. p.22 "Dragons' Den is not produced for business people. It's produced to capture the attention and loyalty of a broad cross section of viewers, the same people who also choose to watch The Simpsons, Antiques Roadshow and CSI on other evenings and at other times" --> this proves my first suspect about such show, and the author admitted he selected because of his good performance not because of his good business acumen (and people started talking about the color of his eye lenses, like any star!) Performers! on the same page a quote from Lisa Gabriele "Dragon's Den is TV show that happens to be about business, and not a business show the happens to be on TV".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Started off fairly weakly mostly relating anecdotes from the TV show the author stars in. The book did pick up a bit after, relying more on Robert's experience as an entrepreneur and his vision of the profession. As someone not particularly interested in being one, I was still kept interested and feeling like I was learning by how well he described and synthesized information. I would critique that the author looked to be repeating himself more as the book progressed but usually by supplying new Started off fairly weakly mostly relating anecdotes from the TV show the author stars in. The book did pick up a bit after, relying more on Robert's experience as an entrepreneur and his vision of the profession. As someone not particularly interested in being one, I was still kept interested and feeling like I was learning by how well he described and synthesized information. I would critique that the author looked to be repeating himself more as the book progressed but usually by supplying new examples, which were usually helpful in illustrating the point being made. Ultimately I think the books does well to relate some basic tips in salesmanship, direction and prioritizing,

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Rowe

    I liked the book, but I think it helps if you think of it as a series of lessons learned. It's not a linear story over time. Robert has learned many important things, and he shares an experience and then the lesson in many chapters. Many lessons he shared weren't new lessons or thoughts, so it wasn't a mind blowing our business changing book in my opinion. I liked it, but it doesn't make my top business books list. I liked the book, but I think it helps if you think of it as a series of lessons learned. It's not a linear story over time. Robert has learned many important things, and he shares an experience and then the lesson in many chapters. Many lessons he shared weren't new lessons or thoughts, so it wasn't a mind blowing our business changing book in my opinion. I liked it, but it doesn't make my top business books list.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Callahan

    Businessman's view I think this book is great because it wrote by Robert himself. At beginning, I was like okay this might be just usual business book. Later on, I was totally wrong cause he shared many good points and insights. Actually I did mention some of insights to my friends. I have a confession, one of chapters kinda did dissuade me little from start a business that I don't know much about. I think he would be a great mentor for somebody out of there. Businessman's view I think this book is great because it wrote by Robert himself. At beginning, I was like okay this might be just usual business book. Later on, I was totally wrong cause he shared many good points and insights. Actually I did mention some of insights to my friends. I have a confession, one of chapters kinda did dissuade me little from start a business that I don't know much about. I think he would be a great mentor for somebody out of there.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    Surprisingly practical and to-the-point. I expected much more of a memoir, and instead I got transcripts of a successful business owner’s coaching guide to young entrepreneurs. The advice is accessible and broad, but specific enough to be immediately actionable. I just found some of the anecdotes a little thin.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Great book! Robert Herjavec has become an idol of mine. He's a great business man and very humble in life. I'm looking forward to his next two books in my collection. Great book! Robert Herjavec has become an idol of mine. He's a great business man and very humble in life. I'm looking forward to his next two books in my collection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dave D'Antonio

    Not a very eloquent book. Not very inspiring. More of a, look what I did.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Loveteiab

    The book gave some great points, tools, values and takeaways but it was so dreadful to read. It lacked organization and flow. I’m surprised because he’s one of my favorite Sharks and Dragons.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John

    Mostly about business (his business mostly). Chapter 35 was great stuff though. A little about life in this thing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Brooks

    This was a fun read. No real aha moments, but I did enjoy Roberts view of business.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Greg Lamothe

    Good book. It wasn't mind blowing but it wasn't difficult to get through and included a lot of great points to keep a person on the path to success. Good book. It wasn't mind blowing but it wasn't difficult to get through and included a lot of great points to keep a person on the path to success.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marvin Musfiq

    A great guide to start business and fulfilling dream of starting a business.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nilushi

    A good book with a great set of pointers for the entrepreneurs

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Skirble

    A bit dated as expected, but a good read nonetheless.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Samadi

    When you read a book, and can relate to the author, the book is a homerun as it can motivate you to keep moving! Robert Herjavec's "Driven" had a profound affect on me. I picked it up because I love watching "Shark Tank" and "Dragon's Den" but who knew Robert's tips would resonate to my very core! As a young woman with an entrepreneurial spirit, I ate up all of Robert's tips and carried this book with me until I had read the very last page. As I kept reading, I was thinking to myself "Yes, this When you read a book, and can relate to the author, the book is a homerun as it can motivate you to keep moving! Robert Herjavec's "Driven" had a profound affect on me. I picked it up because I love watching "Shark Tank" and "Dragon's Den" but who knew Robert's tips would resonate to my very core! As a young woman with an entrepreneurial spirit, I ate up all of Robert's tips and carried this book with me until I had read the very last page. As I kept reading, I was thinking to myself "Yes, this is me! Robert is writing about me!" I picked up the book in Toronto, and read it on the plane on my way back to the US, and realized that I too was "DRIVEN" when I packed my bags 10 years ago, and moved to the US in search of my dreams. As I move closer, I can smile as I know I am on the right path. Who knows, maybe I crossed paths with Robert at some point when I lived in Toronto, or when I went to the posh Yorkville bar "Remys" or even as I rollerbladed to the gym past the Bridle Path, where Robert resides. But who cares, as we all brush paths with real winners on our path to our dreams, and then one day, others want to brush paths with us! If you are a winner, looking to make it to the top, READ THIS BOOK TODAY, and I will see you at the top!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Darcy Donovan

    I love Robert Herjavec of "Dragon's Den" and "Shark Tank" fame. He comes across as an honest person whom you could go for beers with and make you feel like you were the only person in the room. This book is a good look at what tools you need to be successful. There is one cringe-worthy part in this book where Herjavec talks about when his mother was conned by a vacuum salesperson who financially crippled the family shortly after they moved to Canada. It made me feel terribly for his mother and h I love Robert Herjavec of "Dragon's Den" and "Shark Tank" fame. He comes across as an honest person whom you could go for beers with and make you feel like you were the only person in the room. This book is a good look at what tools you need to be successful. There is one cringe-worthy part in this book where Herjavec talks about when his mother was conned by a vacuum salesperson who financially crippled the family shortly after they moved to Canada. It made me feel terribly for his mother and how she must have wanted to crawl into a hole after being conned. But, there is a bright side to the story as this was the moment Herjavec decided that his family would no longer be in the position where a mistake like that would cost his family dearly. I found that part of the book especially interesting because, like most entrepreneurs, they can pinpoint the exact moment when they said "enough" and how they never wanted to be in that position again. Hence, they are now "Driven". Great read, would recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    I like Dragons' Den and Shark Tank and I thought Herjavec had an interesting and inspiring story as a Croatian immigrant starting with nothing to become wealthy and passionate about what he does. It was interesting to read anecdotes from the shows, most of the contestants mentioned I remember. If you are looking for a detailed intense "how-to" book, this isn't it. But for me, it was enough as I'm not an entrepreneur. It's not a bad book, though. It gives lots of advice from a high kind of fluffy l I like Dragons' Den and Shark Tank and I thought Herjavec had an interesting and inspiring story as a Croatian immigrant starting with nothing to become wealthy and passionate about what he does. It was interesting to read anecdotes from the shows, most of the contestants mentioned I remember. If you are looking for a detailed intense "how-to" book, this isn't it. But for me, it was enough as I'm not an entrepreneur. It's not a bad book, though. It gives lots of advice from a high kind of fluffy level. You have to have fun at and enjoy whatever you do ... hopefully you're doing whatever that is. Blog review: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2011/04...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nisha

    *4.5 stars out of 5*. I had to get used to his style of writing, and the fact that he talks more about his business experiences more than his life experiences, but once I did that, this book had a huge impact on me, even more than Jim Treliving's book *Decisions* which was easier to read. I have been told that it is a bad idea to be totally obsessed with your work and that one needs a balance between work and family. But because of this book, I now longer feel guilty about not having that balanc *4.5 stars out of 5*. I had to get used to his style of writing, and the fact that he talks more about his business experiences more than his life experiences, but once I did that, this book had a huge impact on me, even more than Jim Treliving's book *Decisions* which was easier to read. I have been told that it is a bad idea to be totally obsessed with your work and that one needs a balance between work and family. But because of this book, I now longer feel guilty about not having that balance, because to be honest, you can't have that balance if you want to succeed (at least not at first anyway). While I recommend reading the entire book, if you only read part of this book (perhaps because you cannot get used to his writing style as I described above), read Chapter 29, and 47-50.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Do you have a passion? If you are interested in starting your own business, I definitely recommend Driven as essential reading. It's a first step to preparation that I would consider necessary for success. Driven is not limited to reading only for the entrepreneur, though. Managers and parents, anyone in a leadership position, for that matter, can take away valuable insight that may help them to become and do what they desire most in life. If you have a passion, pursue it, is his advice. See my f Do you have a passion? If you are interested in starting your own business, I definitely recommend Driven as essential reading. It's a first step to preparation that I would consider necessary for success. Driven is not limited to reading only for the entrepreneur, though. Managers and parents, anyone in a leadership position, for that matter, can take away valuable insight that may help them to become and do what they desire most in life. If you have a passion, pursue it, is his advice. See my full review: http://shirley-mybookshelf.blogspot.c...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Lewis Kozoriz

    It is touching to find out the up-bringings of Robert Herjavec. His parents came to Canada with $20.00 and could not speak english. This drove Robert Herjavec to make something out of himself. One of the greatest attributes I see in Robert Herjavec is his gratitude for having come to Canada and being able to make his dreams come true. He has no sympathy for those who would make excuses for not being able to fulfill their dreams. He believes that every person can fulfill their dreams but it will ta It is touching to find out the up-bringings of Robert Herjavec. His parents came to Canada with $20.00 and could not speak english. This drove Robert Herjavec to make something out of himself. One of the greatest attributes I see in Robert Herjavec is his gratitude for having come to Canada and being able to make his dreams come true. He has no sympathy for those who would make excuses for not being able to fulfill their dreams. He believes that every person can fulfill their dreams but it will take them to acquire a vision and be determined to fulfill their vision.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amir Sch

    I am a slow-paced reader. It took me a while until I finished this book. I enjoyed the moments reading it. The last contents of the book have so many insights for those seeking success in their lives. Robert H has great amount of experience in seeking his great amount of success and achievements. He is a great example of an outlier who was driven by his parents and by the pain that immigration does to any immigrant wants to prove himself. I liked him talking about smile and here I would quote fr I am a slow-paced reader. It took me a while until I finished this book. I enjoyed the moments reading it. The last contents of the book have so many insights for those seeking success in their lives. Robert H has great amount of experience in seeking his great amount of success and achievements. He is a great example of an outlier who was driven by his parents and by the pain that immigration does to any immigrant wants to prove himself. I liked him talking about smile and here I would quote from him " smile ..... It assures your friends and confuses your enemies" ....... :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I can't help it, I am drawn to Robert's story. I love learning about people who know what is truly important to them (family) and yet who are also driven to success. One doesn't have to give up one to enjoy the other. I love his reference to his marriage being one of 100% plus 100% given by both of them. If we allow ourselves in business or in our personal lives to be defined as much by an outside force as by ourselves we lose so much of our own value and self worth. I can't help it, I am drawn to Robert's story. I love learning about people who know what is truly important to them (family) and yet who are also driven to success. One doesn't have to give up one to enjoy the other. I love his reference to his marriage being one of 100% plus 100% given by both of them. If we allow ourselves in business or in our personal lives to be defined as much by an outside force as by ourselves we lose so much of our own value and self worth.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    This book reminded me of two posters I have up in my office that I first saw at Brak and decided to get for myself: Passion "There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart... pursue those." Success "Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it." Thank you for the reminder Robert... I certainly don't want to hit the wall! :-) This book reminded me of two posters I have up in my office that I first saw at Brak and decided to get for myself: Passion "There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart... pursue those." Success "Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it." Thank you for the reminder Robert... I certainly don't want to hit the wall! :-)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    He and Arlene are my favourite "Dragons" on the "Dragon's Den" but the book was just okay, nothing original. Okay as a good general book for an entrepreneur, just starting out, but not as much of his own life story in it as I was hoping for. He and Arlene are my favourite "Dragons" on the "Dragon's Den" but the book was just okay, nothing original. Okay as a good general book for an entrepreneur, just starting out, but not as much of his own life story in it as I was hoping for.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andy McIlwain

    Driven is a difficult book for me to really sink my teeth into. The takeaways pale in comparison to other entrepreneur-focused titles I've read, and the constant mention of Dragon's Den + Shark Tank makes this thing feel like an accessory to those television shows. Driven is a difficult book for me to really sink my teeth into. The takeaways pale in comparison to other entrepreneur-focused titles I've read, and the constant mention of Dragon's Den + Shark Tank makes this thing feel like an accessory to those television shows.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Piera

    Stellar account of what it takes to be an entrepreneur and ambitious business success in life. Hard work, persistence and HEART in all you do. Robert is one of the best examples of how mediocre just won't come close to real personal and professional success. Stellar account of what it takes to be an entrepreneur and ambitious business success in life. Hard work, persistence and HEART in all you do. Robert is one of the best examples of how mediocre just won't come close to real personal and professional success.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mossie Sweet

    Almost gave up on this one as it looked like it was looking like it was going to be a recap of Mr. Herjavec's experiences on DD, rather than business life. But it got going and was quite enjoyable. Almost boils down to "either you are this way, or you're not". Nice to know I'm not crazy. Almost gave up on this one as it looked like it was looking like it was going to be a recap of Mr. Herjavec's experiences on DD, rather than business life. But it got going and was quite enjoyable. Almost boils down to "either you are this way, or you're not". Nice to know I'm not crazy.

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