Driven: An Autobiography
When he was sixteen years old, Larry Miller came home one summer night to find all his possessions sitting in three bags on the porch of his darkened house. The door was locked. From those troubled and humble beginnings rose a man whose influence has touched, according to reliable pollsters, more than 99 percent of the population of Utah as well as myriads of people worldw...more
However, I think that the story of him being thrown out of the house at 16 surprised EVERYONE in my family (my mom and her 7 siblings, but both of my grandparents have passed away - ironically my grandfather passed away exactly 5 yea...more
No, I really did not know Larry Miller. Having grown up in Utah, I thought about Miller the way a lot of peopl...more
I really struggle reading non-fiction. It takes me b...more
There ended up being lots to admire! He was very hard working, driven, competitive, detail oriented, organized, creative, &...more
Well, I was wrong. My BIL read this book and loved it so much he went out and bought 5 more copies to give to each of his siblings for Christmas. I picked it up and read the first page and was hooked. What an interesting life! Mr. Miller and his biographer did not mince words when it came time to describe his life growing up (and his nutball m...more
I don't think this b...more
I was also appalled to learn of how much debt Mr. Miller took on to...more
Notable ideas: Entrepreneurs are made when regular guys have enough doors slammed in front of them that they have no other option but to get creative.
Working, working around the clock made him successful. I...more
LHM was an amazing man...that 1 in a million guy who really lived the American Dream!
I had no idea the scope of influence Miller had on the Utah economy,
nor did I realize the extent of his empire.
I worked for LHM for a little over 2 years when my children were toddlers, and I can tell you that the job wasn't difficult, but the boss was. I have a new found, deep respect for him as a business leader and entrepreneur!
(AND HIS WIFE GAYLE IS A LIVING SAINT!)
Holly hanna, he...more
Miller’s determination and extreme attention to detail led to remarkable business success, but the price was incredibly high. His wife and children were often neglected and part of the reason he agreed to do an autobiography is so that others could learn fr...more
So I finished. Finally. I read a few other books between the beginning and end of "Driven", so it took me quite awhile. But come on, I had to put all other books aside to read "Mockingjay" as soon as it came out, right? :) Anyway, the book was good for an autobiography and Larry H. Miller did a lot of good for the state...more
What I learned from this book ... honesty and integrity and sticking to a personal value system, still provide the big pay-off in the business world. Larry's belief that when you are succ...more