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The Dream: How I Learned the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship and Made Millions Paperback – December 22, 2009
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“While success like his is often attributed to luck, Chahal's story, like that of many immigrants, is more one of sacrifice ... it was years of hard work, persistence and faith, along with the support of his family, that brought his financial rewards--not chance.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“Chahal is a prodigy, a successful entrepreneur, and a writer. His story is remarkable and we think it is a prime example of what can be accomplished with a little motivation and ingenuity. Young Hollywood wants to know what this young man can't do!” ―Young Hollywood
About the Author
Gurbaksh Chahal is a self-made multi-millionaire and internet business entrepreneur who started his first company from his bedroom at the age of 16. Now 27, Chahal sold his second company, BlueLithium, in 2007 for $300 million to Yahoo!, turning many of his employees into multi-millionaires as well. He has recently launched a new business venture, gWallet, and is building a non-profit called the Chahal Foundation. In addition to his appearance on The Secret Millionaire, he has been interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, FOX Business Network's "Cavuto," The Bonnie Hunt Show, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, CW11 Morning News, FOX & Friends, ABC's Young Hollywood, and NBC's TechNow. He has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Entrepreneur, Business 2.0, and Men's Fitness, among others. He lives in San Francisco.
Top customer reviews
What I think I really liked about the book was his honesty...I was just amazed at how forthright he was in this book about everything that has happened in his life. And I know that he is being honest because right around the start of the millenium, I met G a number of times and got to know him very well, well before he had become famous. He was however rich already then. I used to do a party called Kohi-noor, and I actually did a grand opening party for his Planet Bollywood Restaurant in Milpitas. And that it burned down 4 months after it opened, and there were all these allegations about him being involved in an insurance scam. I did not believe it then, and dont now, and was glad to read all about it in his book. G very candidly also talks about how he went about starting his business, what exactly he did, and how he made it a success.
Read this book, if you have any entrepreneurial instincts, or if you want to get some wonderful ideas about how to make a successful business. All through the book he writes in very well the lessons that he learned from each effort or failure. Failures after all are a necessary stepping stone to achieving success.
And finally a word to G...well done with this book. Write or chat me on FB, and let's get together for a drink for old times sake !
Great read. It's none of the hype just straightforward sobering success story.
1. A narration style that is devoid of any flowery language or exotic business parlance.
2. Pertinent personal experiences are listed which helped the author learn the tricks of the trade.
3. Specific mentions of the business setbacks and the way he chose to respond ("You have to pick your battles to win the war").
4. Not a long book, kept interesting at every page.
5. A fascinating account of the "American dream" coming true at a very young age
Finished it in one sitting after getting it on Kindle just a few hours back.