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Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  463 ratings  ·  69 reviews

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 persev

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Doubleday Canada
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Willi Braun
What a great book. Learned so much from it and couldn't stop reading until I finished. I can recommend that book to everyone who is open to learn about business from people who actually made it. Kevon O'Leary is one of them. I enjoyed the Shark Tank a lot and now, thanks to this book, I can understand his devisions on that show even more.
Sue
Kevin O’Leary "Cold Hard Truth" shares invaluable secrets on entrepreneurship, business, money and life.It is not easy to review this book and do it the kind of justice it deserves.This is the story of the memoire of Kevin O'Leary's journey, the path that he followed, the lessons that he learned, the discipline that he adhered to be a successful entrepreneur and amass wealth.He told us that you have to work for it. But the good news is: with the right guidance, focus and perseverance, you can tu ...more
Richard Podsada
I was interested in reading Kevin's book simply because he's such an interesting character. His seemingly single-minded focus on money seems so far removed from what most normal people experience. It's interesting to dive into his head and see how he thinks. But like most people, Kevin's an onion with many layers. You can see he is quite artistic and even has a soft side (which he seldom reveals in his public appearances.)

This is a great book to learn about Kevin's life story and pick up a few
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Josephine
I’ve never watched Dragon’s Den,but I have heard Kevin O’Leary on John Tory’s talk show from time to time — and you know what? I can’t help but respect a guy who tells it as it is when it comes to business.

In his book, Cold Hard Truth, he writes about how, one of the hallmarks of being a great boss is to never consider your employees your friends — it just makes it tough to reprimand them or fire them.

I know I continually harp about this, but over the course of my career so far — and we’re wrapp
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Laurie
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 c ...more
Jeffrey  Sylvester
It didn't have a lot of substance but it was okay. Initially, I expected O'Leary to come from poverty and be entirely self-made which isn't the case. Although, it was interesting to trace through his entreprenurial tale. It evoked the business side of my youth, and marks the beginning of my own journey back from a stray into public service and academia. Plus, it gave some personal insight into a controversial Canadian figure I knew little about. It gave him a soft spot, which was cool and intrig ...more
Hilary
Picking up this book is all the evidence I need that I enjoy Shark Tank more than I should. I’ve never read an investing or money-themed book before (sorry, Martin Amis), because I’m just not the target demographic (I imagine people who know about stocks and bonds and...whatever else people invest in don’t buy as much ramen as I do). I’m not really sure how much any book like this can offer - like any diet book, which has to spin “diet and exercise” into two hundred plus pages, most of the point ...more
Kendra Kleiner
Five Reasons I Love Kevin O'Leary

1) He doesn't have a ghost writer.
2) He gives very sound advice.
3) He's proud of his accomplishments and failures.
4) He's "mean" for kind reasons.
5) He's never boring.
Teena in Toronto
I work in the financial services industry (in retirement planning) and like reading books about managing money. I'd read O'Leary's book, "The Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women and Money", last month and enjoyed it.

This is his story from the time he was a kid and the lessons he learned from his mom and stepdad, realizing he is an entrepreneur not an employee, starting his first business in his basement, becoming a millionaire, his highs and lows and more. As a fan of Dragons' Den and Shark Tank, it
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Julie Johnson
My father in law leant me this book...it's not a book I would have picked ordinarily, I'm not really into business, considering myself something of a hippie chick...

Butit is a fascinating read. This guys has balls, moxie, chutzpah...you name it. The pleasure of reading this book is his no nonsense, tell it like it is wrieter's voice. Often very humorous. The story of his meeting Steve job's is quite something!

I do enjoy reading success stories...of how people from ordinary backgrounds make some
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Intikhab
I would have been disappointed if Kevin had not maintained his Dragons' Den voice in 'Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life.' The book is an honest, frank, and interesting account of Kevin's career, life, and big businesses. He introduces his readers to the world of Big Money that he knows from inside and in doing so he walks the talk. He is as brutal in his narrative as you would find him during his Dragons' Den appearances. His writing style is as interesting as his talk on CBC TV. He ...more
Stefania
I got this book because I love to hate Kevin O'Leary on Dragon's Den and Lang & O'Leary Exchange and I am an entrepreneur, curious to learn about the life of others. Canada is a country where being "nice" is central to our culture, so someone like O'Leary who is brutally honest and is not afraid to tell the truth is an amazingly fresh breath of air (even if I don't always agree with him).

I find the book delivers, and I was interested to see how O'Leary made his money, his advise along the w
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Timothy Elliott
What a jerk!!! Ha, just kidding. For anyone who's watched Dragon's Den or Shark Tank has seen "Mr. Wonderful" be a jerk to people pitching their ideas. After watching Shark Tank now for a couple of seasons I've got to say that Kevin O'Leary does start to grow on you, particularly when even I can see the that someone has brought in a dog of an idea. So after reading his book I now understand why he comes off as an asshole to some. Simple put, he tells it like it is. Actually, I don't think he's a ...more
Dio Aufa Handoyo
One very frank message: building a successful business is not for everybody. The detailed account Kevin shared on how he built his own company, and all the subsequent events, reveals just how much hard work is necessary (100-hour weeks sounds good?) but also the sheer amount of luck and a certain type of personality needed to make it. Gives readers a background behind the hard-ass guy you see on Dragons' Den and Shark Tank.
Kris
'Cold Hard Truth' by Kevin O'Leary was better than I expected, but still not my favourite book or even a topic I would normally read. O'Leary keeps the chapters short and the pace fast making it a fairly easy read. The book suggests that Kevin O'Leary will be giving you tips on how to be a successful entrepreneur and I'm not so sure if the book really achieves that goal, rather he does a wonderful job on telling you how he became successful. O'Leary also puts in some serious plugs for his televi ...more
Moonjeweler
Kevin O'Leary writes exactly the way he talks, so if you watch the show you will hear him narrating this book in your head as you read. This is a good book for young people coming out of college, as I have to admit making many of the financial mistakes he warns against. I am amused by his over the top diatribes, such as describing flowers at a wedding a "tragic waste of money".
Gary
Kevin O'Leary is a master business man and gifted at making great choices. His book offers a simple approach in which he makes those decisions regarding money: Don't spend, save, and invest. It's a simple formula many others preach and it's good to hear it from the man who is called "Mr Wonderful".
Nonito
Most of the given information on this book was based on making financial wise decision.
My main concern is it doesn't help you acquired assets. Instead, the book tells you to do is SAVE.SAVE & SAVE and live in a frugal lifestyle. All in all, it is simple to understand.
Ray Munyu
Truly one of the best books I have ever read. It is wonderfully entertaining and impossible to put down. This books cleverly weaves practical business advice into his colourful life story; a business book and an autobiography.
Fotis Chatzinicolaou
Η ιστορία του Kevin O'Leary, δισεκατομμυριούχου, δράκου στο Dragon's Den και καρχαρία στο Shark tank.

Αν υπάρχει κάτι που είναι εμφανές από αυτή την αυτοβιογραφία, είναι το πόσο συγκεντρωμένος ήταν και είναι ο Kevin στην ζωή του. Ήθελε να βγάλει λεφτά. Αυτό. Και το έχει καταφέρει περίφημα.

Μαλάκας για κάποιους, καργιόλης για άλλους, δεν είναι φιλικός. Ξεκαθαρίζει ότι τον νοιάζει πως μπορεί να βγάλει λεφτά για εκείνον και τους συνεργάτες του, χωρίς να αναλώνεται σε αλτρουισμούς.

Αρκετά ευχάριστο ανά
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Helen
Kevin O'Leary is a capitalist loud and proud. I think an invigorating read whatever your thoughts about economics. He may be an *$$hole but he sure has spunk!
Jenny
I was curious. And it was an interesting book. And I enjoyed reading it. Definitely a business autobiography, and he's led an interesting life so far.
Vic Dinovici
While it didn't teach me how to make money, O'Leary put me in the mood of thinking of business. One thing I don't understand is why people are thinking of him as being an asshole (well, he kind of is on TV brutalizing people in Dragon's Den) when he is just a businessman and like every businessman he is money oriented.

Why people wants him to have emotions it's hard to understand. And after all he helps people stopping their madness and going in debt while following unrealistic dreams. It's just
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Maria
This is an awesome book for everyone that needs to understand money management, anyone who wants to know how to start a business where to invest etc.
Hugh Egener
If you are a budding entrepreneur who wants to find out what it takes to succeed this is the book. He even has checklists that ask you the hard questions like - do you want holidays, do you want time with your wife (on holidays), do you want to attend your kids' soccer games regularly, do you want to get 6 hours of sleep a night, do you want security of not worrying about your job - then you are not suitable to be an entrepreneur. After the launch of his book he and his wife Linda divorced. I gu ...more
Kelly Lee
I was never a fan of Kevin O'Leary because he was a very rude and arrogant person on Dragon's Den. However, this book was great because it was very interesting, inspiring and enlightening about why O'Leary thinks and acts the way he does. I do not consider myself as a business savvy person at all but I really enjoyed this book. After reading this book, I understand why he is so cold and frank to the people pitching their businesses on Dragon's Den. Obviously, I learned more about business but I ...more
Kwang Wei long
practical advice and captivating stories told on his journey to wealth.
one of the best book on entrepreneurship,
Mark Monsma
Kevin O'Leary's first book is a testament to the man some people only know from television. O'Leary excitedly describes his family history, his parents' teachings, and his successes and failures in life and business. O'Leary's success is due to his insatiable desire to have freedom; which he obtains through the accumulation of wealth. Five stars!
Blake
Not my normal reading material. Was nice to try something new.
Ryan Holst
It wasn't anything spectacular but it was a fairly interesting read
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