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The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers

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The larger-than-life journey of an 18-year-old college freshman who set out from his dorm room to track down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, and dozens more of the world's most successful people to uncover how they broke through and launched their careers.

The Third Door takes readers on an unprecedented adventure--from hacking Warren Buffett's shareholders meeting to chasing Larry
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Currency
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Harsh I have given up in the past after the 1st and the 2nd door. This book and Alex's hustle gave me the hope to work hard and find the third door.

The cold…more
I have given up in the past after the 1st and the 2nd door. This book and Alex's hustle gave me the hope to work hard and find the third door.

The cold-email template has literally changed my life. I can't believe the people I have gotten responses from. That was a game changer.(less)

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Mehrsa
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is satire, right? Or maybe they asked a bot to put together all the hashtag cliches and the #lifehacks and Tony Robbins/Tim Ferris/Think and Grow Rich memes together to make a book? I read the whole thing because I could not believe this kid kept harrassing these people for interviews. Like what on earth is he thinking? Buffet finally blocks him. It's the height of obnoxious privilege. He uses and abuses his networks of dudebros to get interviews with sucessful dudebros but also a few hot w ...more
Arash
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I heard an interview with Alex and was intrigued to learn more of his story but I'm disappointed I wasted my time. The whole book is just anecdotes of how he got to meet all of these people he wants to interview. I didn't find his interviews insightful or interesting at all. I don't think anything the people shared was particularly useful or different than what is out there already. Also, because I don't share Alex's enthusiasm and exuberance for billionaires and business people (especially egot ...more
Cassette
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Look, everything said in this book has been said before in other books. At some point you've got to ask yourself, "where did these people learned what they learned from?" That'll lead you to books, peers, and dead people they've learned from. And the deeper you go you too will see too you can find these advices elsewhere.

So if you have a long, long list of books read skip this one, you won't miss out.

For everyone else, yeah, if you have the time and money I'd recommend reading this book—your e
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Rick Wilson
I’ll save you the time, the real lesson from this book is “fake it til you make it.”

The first 2/3 of the book is basically no interviews. Just a story of a self absorbed kid doing his best to annoy executive assistants. Waste of time really. Last 1/3 is decent but unrefined. My best guess is that Alex had to fill pages to have a “book” and did the college essay thing of writing fluff to fill pages.

The core problem here is that this is a coming of age story masquerading as a business book. And it
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Katie Shim
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I met Alex in November of 2018 where he invited me as one of his personal guests over Instagram to his keynote at the World Trade Center. I took a 15-hour bus ride from Toronto to New York to make it happen. It was that well worth it. Alex himself is electrifying. His presence and his energy is one people want to be around and he emits an aura that radiates and affects people.

It feels that way when you’re reading (and listening!) to his book. Effectively enough, it’s like the words are jumping o
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Kelly
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I tried to hate this book and the author for being self-aggrandizing and name dropping constantly in what seemed like a long love letter to Elliott. Even though it took me months to get through this short and easy to read book full of compelling stories, I am glad I did. The lessons in this book are actually invaluable. We have the power to make the most of ourselves and our one shot on this dust mote. And some of these lessons, both from the author and from those he interviewed, will help steer ...more
Ben Rostami
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Third Door” by Alex Banayan is the key to an empowering point of view and life strategy that will open countless doors for people who read the book and embrace its way of thinking. As he says in the opener, “Life, business, success… it’s just like a nightclub. There are always three ways in. There’s the First Door: the main entrance, where the line curves around the block; where 99 percent of people wait around, hoping to get in. There’s the Second Door: the VIP entrance, where the billiona ...more
Alex
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was mostly just him sending emails mixed with some corny motivational quotes..
Diana Lucaci
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary book bringing you both laughter and tears, walking through inspiring and uplifting stories, and conveying the feeling that you are actually living the author's life. Great read! I would always recommend it! ...more
Mediaman
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: education, business
I heard this author interviewed on the radio and thought he was dynamic. The book, however, is not. It's the story of a crazy college drop-out who thinks bugging famous people enough times will get him an interview with them for a few minutes. He claims to be trying to make a point but instead he comes across as inept and pushy. If it weren't for his handsome looks I doubt he would have made the couple of key contacts that he needed to meet the people he wanted.

Instead of his silly "third door"
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Jordan Mullins
Feb 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book doesn’t deliver on its “wild quest” to uncover secrets of the highly successful. It hits on the fact that there’s no real tipping point and that some successful people just picked up the phone and made things happen. It mainly reads like the author’s diary entries recapping his numerous failed attempts at landing interviews or, when he does get an interview, not making the most of his time by asking less than thought-provoking questions. The reader is reminded throughout the book of th ...more
Nathan
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
God dang.

I unwittingly earmarked this book as another cliche preaching on “hustle”. But I’m glad I picked it up again. The book is so much more, and the journey is personal and emotional. Alex’s story is one I’ll be digesting for some time to come.
Lynda Filler
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impossible to categorize. A must-read book of the year

I was introduced to Alex in a YouTube video and immediately knew I had to download his story. If the book was half as good as his passionate story I had to read it. I was totally blown away! It’s impossible to label this story. It’s so much more than what it promises to be. I would say it’s a coming-of-age autobiography as much as it is a journey to discover how each wildly successful person achieved his or her turning point towards success i
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Elena
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It was not so much a collection of interviews revealing clear steps to success (there are none!) as it was a roller coaster story about Alex Banyan's quest to interview these people. I just liked him and his honest, introspective style. Many of his ideas and bits of wisdom really resonated with me where I am at right now. Thumbs up. ...more
Elizabeth Filips
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I genuinely had to triple-check this book was not fiction. What an absolutely unbelievably inspirational guy Alex is. And he definitely made up for the sleepless nights I spent thinking of how to change my life by reposting me on Instagram (!!!!!!). Also, never writing 'Thanks in advance' on emails again. I used to do that 95% of the time. ...more
Sairesh Pillai
Aug 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A truly astonishing tale of persistence, tenacity and absolute hustle. A book that does not focus on attaining a successful outcome but rather, the amazing journey of getting there.
Hadi Abedini
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maybe-hadi
Although there seems to be a lack of subject and being a half done mission(as called in the book), It takes you through the adventures of a teenager finding the way to success and happiness. It's really inspiring and for me it was hard to put the book down. the book gave me a new point of view and changed my thinking about the way to get into business world. ...more
Adam Ashton
Cool concept, great story. Personally I wanted more of the lessons of the amazing people interviewed though and less of the constant rejection stories.
Molane
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, there were times when I was not sure, if Alex is just annoying or naive.
"The Third Door" is a book, written by a young man trying to find his calling. I am from an older generation, and have to say that we all had times, when we questions society and the path we were supposed to go. And this is good.
I like how he described his thoughts, motivation and the determination to succeed, even though he had quite a few moments, when he was close to giving up.
Having said all that, there was noth
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Manish Kumar
Oct 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
A thrilling story of the author's journey. This is not what I expected where mentioned people were interviewed but the actual story of the book itself. That way the stories won't be just talks but the author's experience of The Third Door. The writing is fluid and that's the best part of the book not the stories. On occasions the book seemed fictional. ...more
Saeed Davoudi
Nov 22, 2022 rated it liked it
Nice several events that may look interesting but simultaneously can be a big dilemma, Alex has tried to be steady and keep his constant characteristic during the hard moments.
The book looks interesting somehow but as a ideal book I can only dedicate 3 stars to Alex
Chelsea Spinelli
Feb 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
The authors story is super captivating. I unwittingly put so many sticky-notes in this book haha!!
Nūr
Jan 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction-favs
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Yon
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: max
An inspiring read. Here's someone who jumped into a void with a wacky idea and managed to interview Bill Gates, Jessica Alba, Larry King and more. It's easy to get stuck following a particular script, or holding our nose up against a map, whether our own or someone else's, and this book encourages you to rethink it. I liked see him go from emotional highs to lows, up a mountain and then down the mountain only to later scale another, but the most enjoyable part was that the whole story is confirm ...more
Khairul Imran
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Gives you a lot of motivation to continue with your dreams.
Michael Huang
The author wanted to succeed by learning from successful people. He managed to interview Tim Ferriss, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Steve Wozniak, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Each taught him something they thought was important at least in their own success.
Andrew Benner
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life changing
Cara Müting
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! - entertaining to read, interesting input, and a lot of key takeaways. 10/10 would recommend
Ashley Jacobs
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Prior to searching for the best career books of 2018, I had heard of neither the author or this particular book. Since I was able to get my hands on the audiobook of The Third Door, I decided to give the book a try. I did not expect to finish the book in a day, but that’s exactly what happened. I simply could not stop listening. Although it was less about how successful people launched their careers and more about the author’s journey to interview these individuals, it’s still a story that will ...more
Jason V
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With too many lessons learned to list, this book has already changed lives and will continue to change and inspire many, many more lives ahead.

Alex Banayan has left his mark and a gift for those who decide to embark on the journey that is The Third Door.

Banayan has a relentless focus and a drive that is rarely seen.

One of my favorite chapters is with Steve Wozniak. Woz offers his candid view of what it means to be successful. It has to come from within and be your own definition. Not your boss’s
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ALEX BANAYAN is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. The Third Door chronicles Banayan's seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of exponential growth and success. The book is a #1 international bestseller, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been acclaimed by The New York Post as "a joy to read."

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