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By Will King. 2010
HOW TO BUILD A GREAT BUSINESS IN TOUGH TIMES is the inspiring entrepreneurial from-the-kitchen-table-to-supermarket-shelf story.Entrepreneur Will King hand-filled the first…10,000 bottles of his original King of Shaves (KoS) shaving oil at his kitchen sink, even getting his ironing lady to pitch in! From such humble beginnings, King of Shaves has grown to become a multi-million pound business. In 2008 a KoS product was sold every 3 seconds. Will explains how to keep the faith and follow your business dream even when the odds are heavily stacked against you.
By Sir Ronald Cohen. 2007
'One of the best books written on entrepreneurship in recent years' FINANCIAL TIMES In business, everyone can see the first…bounce of the ball. It is the second bounce that is uncertain. Ronald Cohen, one of the world's leading private-equity investors, argues that the entrepreneur's aim is to take advantage of that uncertainty: for it is only in situations of uncertainty that significant gains can be made. Putting it another way, successful entrepreneurs know how to turn risk into opportunity.The book is essential reading for entrepreneurs, wannabe entrepreneurs and all those who want to apply entrepreneurial approaches in all walks of life. It provides relevant background on the development of entrepreneurship and of the venture-capital and private-equity industry through the prism of Cohen's experience at Apax. It provides guidance about how to take advantage of business opportunity: the right people and the right money and the roles played by personality and luck and underlines the importance of ethics.
By Dalai Lama, Victor Chan, The Dalai Lama. 2004
A huge international success, the Dalai Lama's books are bestsellers all over the world. Now, for the first time, we…are able to discover the personal feelings and thoughts of this highly respected spiritual figure on subjects ranging from how the experience of profound spiritual insight actually feels, to how he has learned to love people who anyone else would consider an enemy, and under what circumstances he believes he would be capable of violence. Victor Chan came to meet the Dalai Lama through an extraordinary kidnapping experience. Since that time, over thirty years ago, he has become a close friend of the Dalai Lama and here is able to give us the most personal and intimate portrait yet of this iconic figure. In relaxed conversation, at his prayers and meals, meeting other world leaders - this up-close-and-personal account is filled with the Dalai Lama's customary insight, humour and compassion. Victor Chan's unique access to the life of this most inspiring of men gives us the closest look yet into the heart and mind of one of our greatest spiritual leaders.
By Duncan Bannatyne. 2009
The Sunday Times bestselling author and star of Dragon's Den, Duncan Bannatyne, explains how to take control of your finances…and get more from your money.Today's turmoil and uncertainty in the financial markets illustrates how important it is to be in control of your own money. How To Be Smart With Your Money addresses the core fundamentals of financial literacy, telling readers how banks work and why city traders earn such enormous bonuses. It will help you to plot a path out of debt and develop financial confidence so you feel in charge of your finances.Duncan Bannatyne knows the true value of money: now worth £320 million, he was born into extreme post-war poverty. Taking each area of our financial lives in turn - earning, spending, borrowing, investing, saving, budgeting and the wider economy - he helps us understand where we are in our own financial cycle and how to achieve financial security for good.Duncan Bannatyne is the former stoker in the navy who built up his own business empire, worth over £320 million and is a star of the TV series Dragon's Den. His first book, Anyone Can Do it, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and paperback.
By Duncan Bannatyne. 2007
At 30, Duncan Bannatyne had no money and was enjoying life on the beaches of Jersey. He saw a story…of someone who had made himself a millionaire, and decided to do the same. Five years later he had done it, and now he is worth £168 million.In this remarkable book, Bannatyne relives his colourful path to riches, from ice cream salesman to multi-millionaire, explaining how anyone could take the same route as he did - if they really want to. Hugely articulate, and with numerous fascinating and revealing stories to tell, this is an autobiography and a business book unlike any other - but then Bannatyne isn't like any other businessman, either.
By Dalai Lama, Howard Cutler, The Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler. 2009
In this unique and important book, one of the world's great spiritual leaders offers his practical wisdom and advice on…how we can overcome everyday human problems and achieve lasting happiness.The Art of Happiness is a highly accessible guide for a western audience, combining the Dalai Lama's eastern spiritual tradition with Dr Howard C. Cutler's western perspective. Covering all key areas of human experience, they apply the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems and reveal how one can find balance and complete spiritual and mental freedom.For the many who wish to understand more about the Dalai Lama's approach to living, there has never been a book which brings his beliefs so vividly into the real world.
By Dalai Lama, Howard Cutler, The Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler. 2003
Following the massive success of The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler now bring their bestselling message…to our working lives.Of the many Dalai Lama titles on sale, The Art of Happiness - written with western psychiatrist Howard Cutler - is by far the biggest bestseller of them all. A huge international success, it has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, with nearly 300,000 of these in the UK alone. Now, this inspirational new book brings the successful East-meets-West pairing together again to provide a practical application of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual values to the world of work.In this wise and practical book, the Dalai Lama shows us how to place our working lives into the context of our lives as a whole. Rather than striving to find a role which suits us, we should allow our work to arise naturally from who we are - and what is most important to us. From here we reach a pathway that can lead us to true life fulfilment and purpose.
By Tim Clissold. 2006
The incredible story of a Wall Street banker who went to China with $400,000,000 and learned the hard way how…(not) to do business there . . . In the early nineties, China finally opened for business and Wall Street wanted in on the act. When the investment bankers arrived from New York with their Harvard MBAs, pinstripes and tasselled loafers, ready to negotiate with the Old Cadres, the stage was set for collision. This is the true story of a tough Wall Street banker who came to China looking for glory. He teamed up with an ex-Red Guard and a Mandarin-speaking Englishman. Together, they raised over $400,000,000 and bought up factories all over China. Only as they watched those millions slide towards the abyss did they start to understand that China really doesn't play by anyone else's rules. Tim Clissold was there at the beginning of China's transformation and he's still there, doing business. In this new edition of his hugely successful book he describes just how much - and how little - has changed in China since his story began.
By Adam LeBor. 2009
How America fell for financier Bernie Madoff's $65 billion investment scam.It was luxurious Palm Beach, by the manicured lawns and…Olympic-sized swimming pool, that financier Bernard Madoff ravaged the world of philanthropy and high society he had strived so hard to join, vaporising the assets of charities, foundations and individuals that had trusted him with their funds. It seems nothing was sacrosanct to Madoff, possibly the greatest con-man in history. Even Elie Wiesel's foundation has lost tens of millions. How could Madoff, a pillar of the Jewish community, do this to a Nobel Laureate and Auschwitz survivor? But Wiesel was hardly alone in trusting the rogue financier. How could some of the most sophisticated and worldly people in America fall victim to a collective delusion for year after year? THE BELIEVERS answers these unsettling questions. It opens up the clubbish world where Madoff operated, tracing the links from Palm Beach and The Hamptons to the salons and clubs of Manhattan society. It details the network of relationships across which flows hundreds of millions of dollars. 'The Believers' shows how despite material success and acclaim, some human impulses remain eternal. It reveals how an underlying sense of insecurity still shapes some of the richest and most successful individuals in America, making them crave ever more status and peer acclaim. By focusing on Madoff's connection to, and catastrophic impact on, the American Jewish community, THE BELIEVERS dramatically humanises a story that is part financial scandal and part Greek tragedy.
By Frederick Lewis Allen. 1949
A revealing biography of J. P. Morgan, one of the most powerful and enigmatic financiers in history, from bestselling author…Frederick Lewis Allen. Celebrated as a titan of industry by some and decried as a monopolizing robber baron by others, John Pierpont Morgan was without a doubt a dominant player in American finance at the turn of the twentieth century. He founded U.S. Steel, a conglomeration of leading steel and iron producers, which was the nation's largest coast-to-coast railroad system, and the first company to be worth more than $1 billion. Morgan was also instrumental in developing the Federal Reserve after working with political leaders to prevent a potentially devastating fiscal crisis in 1907. Indeed, he was a driving force in the modernization of American business, and the effects of his acumen and foresight continue to resonate today--on Wall Street and beyond. Additionally, known for his displays of wealth and power, Morgan was a prominent figure of the New York society scene--a member of the original one percent--as well as a notable art connoisseur with a sizable collection now housed in Manhattan's lavish Morgan Library & Museum, once his own private library. In this meticulously researched and comprehensive biography, Frederick Lewis Allen, former editor of Harper's magazine and author of Only Yesterday, delves into the life and character of a fascinating, multidimensional man. Allen also probes the evolution of the business landscape during Morgan's lifetime, when giant corporations with unparalleled economies of scale began to absorb and replace smaller competitors. This richly detailed portrait of a man whose name is inseparable from American finance is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of banking and business history.
By Michael Hiltzik. 2020
In 1869, when the final spike was driven into the Transcontinental Railroad, few were prepared for its seismic aftershocks. Once…a hodgepodge of short, squabbling lines, America&’s railways soon exploded into a titanic industry helmed by a pageant of speculators, crooks, and visionaries. The vicious competition between empire builders such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, J. P. Morgan, and E. H. Harriman sparked stock market frenzies, panics, and crashes; provoked strikes that upended the relationship between management and labor; transformed the nation&’s geography; and culminated in a ferocious two-man battle that shook the nation&’s financial markets to their foundations and produced dramatic, lasting changes in the interplay of business and government. Spanning four decades and featuring some of the most iconic figures of the Gilded Age, Iron Empires reveals how the robber barons drove the country into the twentieth century—and almost sent it off the rails.
By Tony Stockwell. 2010
Many of us share the belief that death is not the end and that the spirits of those we have…loved and lost live on.After a lifetime of spiritual experiences, Tony has learned how to communicate with advanced souls known as spirit guides and angels, who wish to impart their knowledge and love to us all. Our angelic friends and guides hope that each of us will reach out and embrace them and begin our journey towards spiritual fulfilment.In this profoundly comforting and fascinating book, Tony Stockwell, a renowned psychic medium, shares his many stories of personal encounters with spirit and angelic beings. With tales ranging from the battlefields of the Second World War to modern-day accounts of reconnecting with the spirits of people who have passed away, Tony brings his unique insight into the way our spirit and angel guides can help and inspire us throughout our lives, bringing us joy and peace; a message that the world needs to hear.
By Daphne Du Maurier. 1934
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF REBECCASir Gerald du Maurier was the most celebrated actor-manager of his day, knighted for his…services to the theatre in 1922, and the father to one of the most enduring writers of the twentieth century. Published within six months of her father's death, this frank biography was considered shocking by many of his admirers - but it was a huge success, winning Daphne du Maurier critical acclaim and launching her career.In Gerald: A Portrait, Daphne du Maurier captures the spirit and charm of the charismatic actor who played the original Captain Hook, amusingly recalling his eccentricities and his sense of humour, and sensitively portraying the darker side of his nature and his bouts of depression.A remarkable book . . . brilliant comic writing - The Times
By Philip Yancey. 1984
Many strong believers begin to feel disillusioned with God or to doubt their faith when faced with great pain or…suffering. Even the strongest believers may begin to wonder where God is when they need him most or why he doesn't seem to care. In this book Philip Yancey inspires those for whom life hurts to look beyond their immediate suffering and to understand that God is offering an invitation to hope and a doorway to his gracious gifts.
By Theo Paphitis. 2008
Classic rags-to-riches story by entrepreneur and Dragons' Den star Theo PaphitisTheo Paphitis is the outspoken and charismatic star of Dragons'…Den who has turned round a string of household names, from Ryman to La Senza, in a high-profile business career that has brought him millions. Now, in his revealing and controversial memoir, he not only takes the reader behind the scenes on Dragons' Den, he explains how he made his fortune. He also provides a masterclass in business methods that will enable anyone who reads this book to learn so much about how they too can improve their business.In the book, Theo recalls how his family moved to England from Cyprus and how as a poor immigrant, he took whatever jobs he could, starting as a tea boy for Lloyd's. There he began to take the first steps on a career that would net him a fortune. He reveals the methods that took him to the top, and also provides some fascinating insight into the national game from his spell as chairman of Millwall FC. But, above all, this is a book that will provide all readers with the opportunity to learn from one of the nation's most successful businessmen and put his ideas into practice.
By Eliot Brown, Maureen Farrell. 2021
&“A juicy investigation into one of Silicon Valley&’s most-hyped fallen unicorns.&”—Time (Best Books of Summer 2021)The definitive inside story of WeWork,…its audacious founder, and what its epic unraveling says about a financial system drunk on the elixir of Silicon Valley innovation—from the Wall Street Journal correspondents (recently featured in the WeWork Hulu documentary) whose scoop-filled reporting hastened the company&’s downfall. WeWork would be worth $10 trillion, more than any other company in the world. It wasn&’t just an office space provider. It was a tech company—an AI startup, even. Its WeGrow schools and WeLive residences would revolutionize education and housing. One day, mused founder Adam Neumann, a Middle East peace accord would be signed in a WeWork. The company might help colonize Mars. And Neumann would become the world&’s first trillionaire. This was the vision of Neumann and his primary cheerleader, SoftBank&’s Masayoshi Son. In hindsight, their ambition for the company, whose primary business was subletting desks in slickly designed offices, seems like madness. Why did so many intelligent people—from venture capitalists to Wall Street elite—fall for the hype? And how did WeWork go so wrong? In little more than a decade, Neumann transformed himself from a struggling baby clothes salesman into the charismatic, hard-partying CEO of a company worth $47 billion—on paper. With his long hair and feel-good mantras, the six-foot-five Israeli transplant looked the part of a messianic truth teller. Investors swooned, and billions poured in. Neumann dined with the CEOs of JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, entertaining a parade of power brokers desperate to get a slice of what he was selling: the country&’s most valuable startup, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a generation-defining moment. Soon, however, WeWork was burning through cash faster than Neumann could bring it in. From his private jet, sometimes clouded with marijuana smoke, he scoured the globe for more capital. Then, as WeWork readied a Hail Mary IPO, it all fell apart. Nearly $40 billion of value vaporized in one of corporate America&’s most spectacular meltdowns. Peppered with eye-popping, never-before-reported details, The Cult of We is the gripping story of careless and often absurd people—and the financial system they have made.
By Dada Bhagwan. 2016
સ્વરૂપ જ્ઞાનની પ્ર્રાપ્તિ પછી પોતે ‘શુધ્ધાત્મા’ પદમાં આવી જાય છે. પોતે કર્તા નથી પણ સ્વરૂપ કેવળ જ્ઞાતા-દ્રષ્ટા ને પરમાનંદી છે.…અહીં એ પ્રશ્ન ઊભો થાય છે કે, તો પછી જગત કોણ ચલાવે છે? જ્ઞાની પુરુષ પરમ પૂજ્ય દાદાશ્રીની શોધખોળ મુજબ હમેંશા ‘વ્યવસ્થિત શક્તિ’નાં આધીન જગત ચાલે છે માટે જગત હમેંશા “વ્યવસ્થિત” જ રહેલું છે. વ્યવસ્થિત શક્તિ એટલે સાયન્ટિફિક સરકમસ્ટેન્શિયલ એવિડન્સ, કેટલા બધાં સંયોગો ભેગા થઈને પછી જે આવે તે પરિણામ. વ્યવસ્થિતનું જ્ઞાન આપણને ભયમુક્ત રાખે છે. ચિંતા, ઉપાધિ, ટેન્શન રહિત બનાવે છે ! પ્રસ્તુત ગ્રંથમાં પરમ પૂજ્ય દાદાશ્રી વ્યવસ્થિત શકિતનાં સિધ્ધાંત ને વિગતવાર સમજાવે છે. ‘મેં કર્યું’ એવું થયું કે કર્તા થયા. કર્તા થાય તેની જોખમદારી ઊભી થાય. ‘આ મેં કર્યું’ એમ થયું કે કર્મને પોતે આધાર આપ્યો એટલે કર્મ બંધાય. જો કે આત્મજ્ઞાન પછી આવા વિચાર જતાં રહે છે કારણકે પોતાને અનુભવ થાય છે કોઈ સ્વતંત્ર કર્તા નથી. જેવી રીતે તમે સ્વતંત્ર કર્તા નથી તેમ બીજી વ્યકિત પણ સ્વતંત્ર કર્તા નથી. તેથી સામી વ્યક્તિ સાથે રાગ-દ્વેષ ના થાય. વ્યવસ્થિતનું જ્ઞાન આપણને રોજબરોજનાં જીવનમાં મદદ કરી શકે તેવું છે, આપણને વર્તમાનમાં રાખે અને ભૂત કે ભવિષ્યના ગુંચવાડામાં અટવાઈ ના જવાય. પરંતુ વર્તમાનમાં આપણી કામ કરવાની એફિસિયન્સી(શક્તિ) વધારે છે. જોકે પરમ પૂજ્ય દાદાશ્રી વ્યવસ્થિત શક્તિનાં જ્ઞાનનાં દુરૂપયોગ સામે ચેતવે છે કે જ્યાં કોઈ હેતુપૂર્વક કશુંક અવળું કરે અને પછી વ્યવસ્થિત શકિત પર આરોપ મૂકે. સાચી સમજણ અને વ્યવસ્થિત શકિતનાં જ્ઞાનનાં વ્યવહારુ ઉપયોગથી જીવનમાં શાંતિ અને સમતા આવશે. જે આપણને આત્યંતિક કલ્યાણ તરફ દોરી જશે.
By Nick Bilton. 2013
'A tale of Machiavellian plots and coups d'etat, it's just all so gripping' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2THE ULTIMATE 21ST…CENTURY BUSINESS STORYSince 2006, Twitter has grown from the accidental side project of a failing internet start-up, to a global icon that by 2013 had become an $11.5bn business. But the full story of Twitter's hatching has never been told before.In his revelatory new book, New York Times journalist Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes of Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds, and inside the heads of the four hackers who created it: ambitious millionaire Evan Williams; tattooed mastermind Jack Dorsey; joker and diplomat Biz Stone; and Noah Glass, the shy but energetic geek who invested his whole life in Twitter, only to be kicked out and expunged from the company's official history.Combining unprecedented access with exhaustive investigative reporting, and drawing on hundreds of sources, documents and internal emails, New York Times' bestseller HATCHING TWITTER is a blistering drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles. A business story like no other, it will shock, expose and inspire.
So you want to be a great mum and, ideally, a rich one too? Welcome to Million Pound Mum. This…range of books offers constructive advice on how to start a business, still be a great mum and have fun while doing it.This book is packed with practical information, top tips and the experiences of mums who have successfully started their own online business. Whether you want to turn your passion into a money-making blog, create your own dream online shop or become a modern day matchmaker with a dating site - this book will offer all the facts and tips you need to get started. Some of have reached the Million Pound Mum goal and others are well on the way.Written in a clear, easy style, this book has all the tools you need to become a Million Pound Mum, online.
By Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli. 2015
THE SUNDAY TIMES AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER - with a new foreword by Silicon Valley legend Marc Andreessen.'For my money,…a better book about Jobs than Walter Isaacson's biography' New Yorker'A fascinating reinterpretation of the Steve Jobs story' Sunday TimesWe all think we know who Steve Jobs was, what made him tick, and what made him succeed. Yet the single most important question about him has never been answered. The young, impulsive, egotistical genius was ousted in the mid-80s from the company he founded, exiled from his own kingdom and cast into the wilderness. Yet he returned a decade later to transform the ailing Apple into the most successful company the world had ever seen. How did this reckless upstart transform himself into a visionary business leader? The first comprehensive study of Jobs' career following his dismissal from Apple, written with unparalleled access and insight, BECOMING STEVE JOBS offers a startling new portrait of the most important business figure in modern history. The most intimate biography yet of Jobs, written by the journalist who knew him better than any other, BECOMING STEVE JOBS draws on recently discovered interviews that have never before seen the light of day, and answers for the first time the most pressing questions about what made this legendary business leader such a success.