You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life from the Winner of The Apprentice
Bill Rancic, winner of the hit TV show The Apprentice, tells how anyone can become their own personal success in both business and life, using his own experiences as a self-made entrepreneur. Getting back to basics, Rancic shares insights about his own path to The Apprentice -- his work ethic, top business strategies, and lessons learned competing on the show, working for Donald Trump -- and offers a practical, step-by-step guide to climbing the success ladder from first job to Boardroom. From valuable lessons learned as a budding ten year old entrepreneur pitching pancake sales; to starting his own small business to pay for college; to launching an on-line cigar company now worth millions -- Rancic proves you dont need to be a Harvard MBA to be a success in business. Includes a foreword by Donald Trump!
Be the sponge. Be the SPONGE!
By Craig Matteson - September 4, 2004
"Be the sponge" is what Bill Rancic told himself to be around Donald Trump. He wanted to use his experience on the show to learn.
This book is well timed for the start of the second season of "The Apprentice". One of the appealing qualities of Bill Rancic is his recognition that his fame is the result of pop culture rather than anything particularly unique about his life, experience, or wisdom. However, this book is fun to read (it only takes a couple of hours), and I found the story of his first business in buying junker cars, fixing them up, and selling them to be interesting. His stories about Elite Boat Wash and Wax were some of the best in the book, particularly his regret now that he didn't think of selling the business at the time.
We learned a bit about his cigar business while watching "The Apprentice", but we get the full story here, and I admire the way they stayed light on their feet and adapted to the circumstances they faced and the... read more
Perfect for Apprentice fans!
By Dr Cathy Goodwin - November 15, 2004
I just started watching Apprentice in Season 2 and am nowviewing the DVD's from Season 1. So when I saw You're Hired, I had no idea who Bill Rancic was or why we should read his book.
The best parts of You're Hired are the stories of Bill's own life and his experience on The Apprentice. I wish we'd had more of both. I'd like to learn even more about his earlier ventures. And the show: What was it like to share rooms as if you were still in college? After all, participants are seasoned business people! What was the pressure like? Why did so many talented people seem to fall apart?
Rancic acknowledges that calling The Apprentice "reality TV" is a bit of a stretch. He discusses strategy rather than experience, which was interesting -- but let's face it, we readers are always hungry for more Behind the Scenes. He offered a curious insight: The winning team actually got less face time with Donald Trump, because they were spared the Board Room. So a consistent... read more
Business Advice from the Winner of the Apprentice
By Bryan Carey "Bryan Carey" - March 16, 2005
Bill Rancic, the businessman tuned celebrity, made a name for himself in he Chicago area as an entrepreneur long before his name and face gained widespread recognition. He co- founded Cigars Around the World and he was a real estate developer before he made his television appearance on the Apprentice- an event that landed him a prestigious position in the Trump organization. "You're Hired", Rancic's first writing effort, is a business book that details Bill's money making adventures from frying pancakes on a griddle and selling them to his grandmother's friends all the way to his present stint as Trump's main man in Chicago.
This book is not really a biography and you shouldn't approach it with the hope of discovering lots of Rancic family facts or Bill's personal feelings on the meaning of life. This is a business book and while Bill does make mention of his family and how their support has contributed to his success, he devotes most of the book to the business of... read more
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