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Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,023 ratings  ·  106 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 perse

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Doubleday Canada
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Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jeffrey  Sylvester
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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
John Magdaraog
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Tosin Omotoyinbo
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Wonderful is such an interesting character. His simple no-BS approach to business and ultimately making money in general is so interesting, coupled with his sense of humor and wit, fully expressed in the book, you could almost hear him affirming the cold hard truth of business wisdom into your ears, with the aim of preventing you from disrespecting money, this the best time investment I've made in any book this year. ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business-memoir
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
Timothy Elliott
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Apr 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
I picked this book up because, at the time, I was really into Dragon's Den, I actually like Kevin, and because someone in the family bought it. For a book with such a bold title, it really didn't say much. It read very much like a dictated autobiography clearly ghost-written by someone else and lightly edited.

It's very vague when it comes to talking about what exactly Kevin did while building his first business, and attributes much of it to his character. That is fair, however that makes the bo
Richard Podsada
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-the-book
Kevin is actually a pretty cool guy, he seems so harsh and cold on tv but reading his words changed my opinion of him. He's so driven and ambitious it's infectious. It was interesting to see where he's come from and his background. He has a lot of set values that I admire and he inspires me.

- what every you focus on grows
- even though money does't care about me or you, to make money requires us to care deeply about it
- spend the interest - never the principal
- assholes get rich because th
Willi Braun
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sharks
This Book Isn't For The Timid,
Contains A Lots of Facts That Might Be Difficult For Some To Swallow.
I'd Rather Suggest, A Fictional Noval...

But If You Can handle The Truth, Honestly & Appreciate Mr. Wonderful's Thought Process You'd Really Enjoy This One.

Must Read! No, Dont Read... Study It!
100 % Worth Your time,
Kendra Kleiner
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Pulak Mehta
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Any shark tan fan would love this book.(Shark tank is an American business reality TV show)
The books details his key turning moments that made him successfully. Written in a blunt fashion, any shark tank fan can relate with the book.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
He is a great storyteller that doesn't hold anything back. What I mean by that is it feels like he is sitting in front of you telling his life story. As he is retelling his life, he talks about the lessons he learned at every moment in his life and how it helped him later on. Although he lets you in on some cool tricks, such as investing in things that pay yields, his book is more for entertainment than practical advice ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Solid. As an entrepreneur and investor, I really appreciate every page. I really think this was well written and well done. I appreciate his no-nonsense talk. And his solid money management rules.

It's also a delightful story because much of his success in money management and investing comes from his mother. Which is endearing and also beautiful. I'm really glad I got this and read it. Insightful and inspiring
Mark Donovan
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting life story with many life lessons. I know he worked hard and made some great deals, but I'm left wondering how much of his success was luck. Meaning there are lots of other talented hard working business geniuses who never make it by happenstance. Lots of great insights, but some of the axioms need to be taken with a grain of salt. ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book allowed me to understand why Kevin act like a jerk on Shark Tank. I respect him a little more although still not the behavior but it’s good for tv ratings. It was motivating to read however. Recommended if you’re into biography style tip books.
Keith Gandy
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Mainly his biography and storyline of steps in reaching Fame on Shark Tank. Quite a shrewd investor.

Mildly entertaining.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was real, funny, practical & honest! It was really enjoyable:)
Sikandar Khan
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The best thing I learnt from this book is that do what you're good at as that is the only choice you have in order to succeed. ...more
Bill Zawrotny
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
By far my favorite shark on Shark Tank and, as expected, had a good story to tell and a lot of interesting insights...but the writing just didn't grab me. ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
bit hard to get into it, but later chapters are pure gold
Jose Arturo
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Directly to the brain ! First non-BS book about real world advises
Shahrukh Maniyar
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Filled with typical O'Leary humor and million dollar tips about business investment partnership life not take it as a financial literacy book it is much more than that ...more
Jennifer Sims
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Telling it like it is even in his bio. Enjoyed learning about where he came from.
مساعد الشطي
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't just love to read Mr.Wonderful's books—I also love to reread them ...more
Al Kruzins
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Easy read
Nice to have photos
Interesting life
Miguel Roy
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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