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  • For What It's Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Les Gold
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Les Gold has been in business since age 12, when he started selling used golf clubs from his dad’s basement. Now he owns Detroit’s biggest pawnshop, American Jewelry and Loan, and is the star of the hit reality TV show Hardcore Pawn. In this entertaining, honest book, Gold takes you inside some of his weirdest, wacki­est deals and steals. From the monkey his dad once took in to pawn to the deal Gold made for a stripper pole, he has no boundaries for what he considers to be part of his business - and neither should you.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent book about the fundamentals of business!"
    "Excellent book about the fundamentals of business!"
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    Would you listen to For What It's Worth again? Why?

    Absolutely. Sound business advice from the importance of selling, staying true to your mission, and putting family first. It was the most surprising audiobooks I've ever listened too. I wasn't expecting much, but it turned out to be pretty good!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the author's humility with a troubled relationship with his father, his advice about fear and how to use it to your advantage, and allowing his staff to make mistakes to become a better company. It made me an instant fan of his television show even though I have never seen more than three episodes.


    What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Walter Dixon narrates a great book and kept it lively. He's one of Audible's top narrators from my listening experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is good advice for any young managers or new salespersons. Solid advice about fear, integrity and commitment to excellence. All meat no BS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrea Kay
    • Narrated By Jessica Geffen
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Even in a bad economy, companies have job openings they can't fill. Considering the millions of people who are out of work or unhappily employed, how can that be? What are job seekers doing to turn off employers? And what is it that employers want but aren't finding? Leading career expert and syndicated columnist Andrea Kay asked employers one simple question: Why didn't you hire the last 10 people you interviewed? What it came down to, every time, wasn't a matter of skills or experience, but how applicants seemed based on what they said or did.

    Amazon Customer says: "This book should have been titled "No Duh""
    "This book should have been titled "No Duh""
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    What would have made This Is How to Get Your Next Job better?

    Less focus on mistakes job seekers make and more on getting in front of decision-makers who actually purchase the labor--not HR departments.


    Has This Is How to Get Your Next Job turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. These type of books seem to be stuck in the pre-2008 mindset of interview skills and not networking and talking to the "right people" in regards to getting your next job.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Is How to Get Your Next Job?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    NA

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaire Dropout: Fire Your Boss. Do What You Love. Reclaim Your Life!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vince Stanzione
    • Narrated By Philip Rose
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    If, like millions of others, you know deep down that you deserve to do better than where you are today, then this book is for you. Not a book based on old-fashion theories or textbook scenarios, The Millionaire Dropout is instead based on tried and tested methods of increasing personal skills, increasing your wealth, improving your lifestyle and releasing all the personal power that is locked up inside you. Based on the author’s firsthand experience of bootstrapping himself out of failure, The Millionaire Dropout is for anyone who wants to learn the secrets for increasing their income and their standard of living.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mandatory Reading for Young Micro Entrepreneurs"
    "Mandatory Reading for Young Micro Entrepreneurs"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Millionaire Dropout the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the author's approach to business. Very simple, straight to the point, and not a lot of fluff or hype. He also talks about success from the very beginning: yourself. If you can't get your habits and health in order, your chances of business success diminish greatly. On the whole, this is far more important than success in business--it sets a foundation for life.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    He gives readers the impression that if they work for someone else, they're leaving money on the table. This motivated me even more to start my own business. The least interesting part of the book was the entire "Part III Saving Money" section. Most micro entrepreneurs who go into business have no problems saving money on flights, clothes, and auctions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His idea in chapter 17 about finding products to sell using Google Search techniques. Also, the concept that you find a hungry market to feed rather than creating a product you think will change the world. Too often people think they can be Henry Ford or Steve Jobs, when in reality, those two were the exception rather than the rule.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author is legitimate because he wrote the book from a layman's perspective. I have personally used his copy writing suggestions and it works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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