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“Exhilarating and empowering . . . If you care about your success, you have to read The Third Door.”
—TONY ROBBINS, entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and the nation’s #1 life and business strategist
“From redefining success with Steve Wozniak to staring death in the eyes with Jessica Alba, this book is packed with adventure, drama, and remarkable lessons the whole way through. Whether you‘re an executive or a recent college graduate, you’ll find inspiration and wisdom in The Third Door.”
—ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, founder of The Huffington Post and New York Times bestselling author of Thrive
"The Third Door is at once a spirited coming-of-age story and a hard-headed examination of what it takes to succeed at the highest levels. Alex Banayan has cracked the code of the world’s most successful people and shown he will soon join their ranks.”
—DANIEL H. PINK, New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and A Whole New Mind
 “An emotional roller coaster . . . I laughed. I cried. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time . . . Once every few decades a book comes along that defines a generation. The Third Door is it.”
—ELIANA MURILLO, head of multicultural marketing at Google
“A treasure chest of wisdom . . . knowledge that can be used by anyone, anywhere, who wants to take their journey further . . . Banayan has become one of the most equipped guides to help you climb higher mountains in your life.”
—SHAWN ACHOR, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential
“Unlike any business book I've read. The Third Door is a thrill ride of hope, joy, ambition, and self-discovery. I cheered out loud, and at different points, tears trickled down my face . . . The Third Door motivated me turn up the volume in my life . . . A triumph.”
—MAYA WATSON BANKS, director of marketing at Netflix
“A cinematic story full of drama, betrayal, and heartbreak. The Third Door takes you on a narrative adventure packed with life-changing lessons. Once you start reading, you can’t stop.”
—JONAH BERGER, New York Times bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On
“Powerful . . . One of the best books of the year . . . After reading The Third Door, an uncontrollable shift happened in my life—I started to see the challenges in front of me as fun. This book not only gave me new tools to achieve my goals, but it also showed me how exciting it can be to tackle seemingly impossible obstacles. If you want to take your life to the next level, you have to read The Third Door.”
—MIKE POSNER, Grammy Award-nominated and multiplatinum musician
“Banayan’s heart is poured into every page of this book. The Third Door is not only a guide to how the world’s most remarkable pioneers succeeded, but it’s also a magnificent story of one boy’s journey to achieve his dream. The Third Door drips with passion and emotion—and it’s a must-read for anyone wanting to turn their vision into a reality.”
—ADAM BRAUN, New York Times nestselling author of The Promise of a Pencil
 “A wild ride . . . Inspiring, hilarious, and insightful. Whenever you start to believe there’s no other way to solve your problem, let Alex Banayan inspire you to think bigger.”
—DAVID EAGLEMAN, New York Times bestselling author of Incognito, host of PBS’ The Brain, and adjunct professor at Stanford University
“As a Jewish mother, I don’t want my teenage kids to read this book and get any ideas about dropping out of school. However, as someone who has served as a senior diplomat, tech executive, and social innovation entrepreneur, I want to put it at the top of their reading list! The Third Door is required reading for anyone in today’s dynamic society who wants to learn success from the best.”
—SUZI LEVINE, United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein (Ret.)
“In just a few hours of reading this book, Alex Banayan taught how to meet billionaires, leapfrog my associates, and achieve my dreams in record time. I’ve never read anything quite like this! Whether you are an entrepreneur or trying to jumpstart your career, The Third Door will open up your world of possibilities.”
—TIM SANDERS, New York Times bestselling author of Love is the Killer App
“My grandfather used to tell me: ‘If a problem has a solution, why worry?’ And it’s precisely that attitude of optimism and possibility that has so inspired me about Banayan’s The Third Door. He wasted little time worrying: ‘What if?’ He went for it. And that made all the difference.”
—JASON SILVA, Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic’s Brain Games
“Equal parts badass and wise, The Third Door ushers you inside an epic journey of invention and determination. Banayan’s quest to discover the keys to the world’s most impossible doors unlocks the hidden power in each of us.”
—BRAD DELSON, lead guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park
“Wild adventures. Incredible stories. Immensely practical advice. The Third Door has it all—and it’s exactly what our generation has been waiting for.”
—BEN NEMTIN, star of MTV’s The Buried Life and New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die
“Alex Banayan was intent on creating his ‘dream university’—Bill Gates would teach business; Lady Gaga, music; Steven Spielberg, film; Jane Goodall, science—and that vision became a reality. This book proves that education is one of the most powerful forces in the world, and it’s made even more powerful when you take charge of your own learning.“
—KAREN CATOR, former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education
“Gripping stories . . . The Third Door is that rare book where the author lives the advice he’s sharing. Alex Banayan redefines the meaning of entrepreneurial hustle and hard work. Prepare to be humbled—and inspired.”
—BEN CASNOCHA, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Start-Up of You
The Third Door draws upon lessons from some of today’s most inspiring figures in business and popular culture, and by doing so provides a masterclass in innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative problem-solving across generations. It is a must-read for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate leaders alike.”
—LEXIE KOMISAR, global program director for growth and strategic partnerships at IBM
“Banayan personifies creativity, hustle, and passion. He’s the embodiment of the next generation of entrepreneurial leader and The Third Door beautifully brings this mindset to life.”
—JOSH LINKNER, New York Times bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming and Hacking Innovation
“Alex Banayan’s approach to solving problems is as hilarious as it is brilliant. Whether you’re an accomplished entrepreneur, an aspiring one, or an executive trying to get your employees to think outside the box, The Third Door is the way forward.”
—MEREDITH PERRY, founder of uBeam
"A surprising combination of bildungsroman, spiritual journey, and caper comedy, The Third Door creates an opportunity for all of us to inspect what success means, what's inspires us, and how we think about our paths through the world.”
—MICHAEL SLABY, chief innovation officer of the Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign and executive director of Chicago Ideas
“Alex Banayan’s The Third Door was absolutely worth the wait! He perfectly captures amazing insights, while being funny and approachable. Banayan’s journey leaves you not only inspired, but also excited to pursue your dreams and define success in your own way.”
—KAMAURI YEH, director of west coast brand experience at Nike
“Banayan’s hustle is insane. He crouched in bathrooms, chased people through grocery stores—he did whatever it took to make his dream happen. The extents he went through will inspire you to keep grinding on your path. If you are hungry to succeed, trust me: read The Third Door.”
—JERMAINE DUPRI, Grammy-award winning rapper and music producer
“Engrossing . . . Brilliantly insightful. Applicable and useful. I found myself nodding in places and re-reading passages . . . Banayan demystifies the hardest and scariest thing many of us have to do to succeed.”
—DR. M SANJAYAN, CEO of Conservation International and host of PBS’ EARTH: A New Wild
“Whether you are just beginning your first act, or setting off on your twentieth, this may be the best and most thoroughly enjoyable career advice book you will ever read: fast moving, funny, big-hearted, and constantly insightful.”
—MATTHEW BISHOP, author of Philanthrocapitalism and former business editor of The Economist
“Banayan’s incredible journey, told with wit, warmth, and wisdom, explores his own search for meaning through the personal stories of his heroes. An inspiring read for anyone looking to find their purpose.”
—RUMA BOSE, author of Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership
“I wish I had The Third Door when I was starting my first business. Thankfully, Banayan has delivered the book we’ve all been waiting for.”
—MICHAEL LAZEROW, former chief strategy officer of Salesforce and founder of Buddy Media
“A brilliant writer . . . I couldn’t stop reading once I started. The Third Door is a must-read for entrepreneurs.”
—VIVEK WADHWA, columnist for the Washington Post and distinguished fellow at Carnegie Mellon University

About the Author

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."

Named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list and Business Insider's "Most Powerful People Under 30," Banayan is his generation's leading expert in high-performance and personal development, having been featured in Fortune, CNBC, Businessweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News. An acclaimed keynote speaker, Banayan has presented the Third Door™ framework to corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, Delta Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Mastercard, and Disney.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0804136661
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Currency; Illustrated edition (June 5, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780804136662
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0804136662
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that will help you work smarter, not harder and give you tools to achieve your wildest dreams
By Sara C on June 9, 2018
Reading The Third Door changed my life. I really don’t know how to say it otherwise, and frankly struggle with words to describe how deeply the book has affected me since. As a college student myself, we are often fed generic pieces of advice as to how to obtain success and achieve the life of our dreams. “Don’t give up!” “Keep the faith” “Do what you love.” At times, the noise can become overwhelming, and more importantly, outdated!!!!!! In the age of the internet, so many things have changed! The Third Door tells the philosophies of both young and new entrepreneurs, from Bill Gates and Elliot Bisnow, about how they achieved ravishing success and what skills we can learn from their journeys.

Case in point: How do you separate yourself from thousands of other candidates applying online for a job? How do you gain mentors and find allies in business? How do you develop a network when you are just starting off and do not know anyone? How does one approach someone (either in person or online) and appear ambitious as opposed to simply unprofessional? How do you write a proper email? Is there a such thing as being over-persistent? If so, what is the line? How do you bounce back from rejection? Or create momentum for a project you are passionate about? What is the difference between a linear life and an exponential life? How can you create the latter? How do you "find your passion" or "follow your bliss?" Infiltrate echelons of business where you may be able to make an impact?

If the internet has produced a new wave of teachers, authors, and influencers, then Alex is the guru for us all - not just millennials, but ALL people seeking to achieve their dreams. The reason? What the Third Door provides more than anything is INFORMATION & ACCESS. Access to the personal anecdotes of some of the greatest leaders and innovators of our time, and sheer information - details about their path, past failures, practical (seriously practical) pieces of advice that anyone may apply in their own journey respective. These skills are transferrable no matter what you seek to do and will help you work smarter, not harder- giving you tools to achieve your wildest dream in a shorter span of time. In fact, it is a book you will need to read many times over to fully absorb its wisdom and one which I am so grateful to have found as early as I did. Thank you Alex for undertaking this journey to help us all succeed in greater and more meaningful ways. Your persistent emailing, crouching in bathrooms, chasing after some of the most brilliant people of our time is to have been well worth it.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Arrogant and inexperienced young kind tries and fails to find out interesting insights from business and other leaders.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational and honest journey of discovery
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational and honest journey of discovery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2018
I heard an interview Alex gave to Cal Fusman about his forthcoming book. I was so taken with the story and learnings that Alex gained on his journey I contacted him directly.

I preordered the book and offered to capture the book as a one page summary to which Alex agreed. The book is simply sensational. For such an honest and courage account of going search of the secrets to being successful, Alex’s journey is inspirational, moving and full of lessons. I’ve bought the book for many people since I read it. I call Alex my friend now and I couldn’t be prouder and a bigger supporter.

You won’t be able to put it down once you start reading!
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