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For What It's Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker Hardcover – June 13, 2013
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“In For What It’s Worth, Les Gold shares business secrets from America’s front line of front lines— the pawnshop. It’s a fascinating read for anyone trying to succeed in business and life.”
—JERRY SPRINGER former mayor of Cincinnati, seven-time Emmy Award–winning newscaster, and host of The Jerry Springer Show
“The best entrepreneurs are street fighters—and Les Gold is the ultimate. He’s built an incredible business, fought through every possible battle, and reinvented his industry. In ForWhat It’s Worth, Les shares his secrets to becoming wildly successful, all told in a captivating and inspirational manner.”
—JOSH LINKNER New York Times bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming and CEO and managing partner, Detroit Venture Partners
“Since his first appearance on Good Afternoon America in the summer of 2012, Les has quickly become one of my favorite guests, in the mornings and the afternoons. I often call him ‘our own Santa Claus,’ for the joy he gives people by showing them the wealth they didn’t know they had. Les’s years of experience have given him a business acumen that stretches far beyond the pawnshop—and this book is a must read for anyone who wants to create their own success in any business.”
—JOSH ELLIOTT news anchor, ABC’s Good Morning America
About the Author
Les Gold owns the fifty-thousand-square-foot American Jewelry and Loan, which serves more than 250 customers every hour. He also stars in the truTV show Hardcore Pawn, now in its seventh season, with more than 3 million weekly viewers. He lives in Detroit and works alongside his wife, son, and daughter.
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Top Customer Reviews
The second half he focuses more on the pawn business and lessons learned there. Half are the same lessons presented in the first half of the book and the other basically focuses on how to negotiate, being honest, putting family first, and treating your employees like family to motivate them. It just falls flat, there are only so many ways you can talk about making the business about family and being honest and they get tired relatively quick. The specifics just are not there to make it that interesting.
If you are buying to find out specifics about the pawn business, you will probably be disappointed, you are better off listening to a conference call from one of the publicly traded pawn companies. If you are looking for a companion to the tv show, you will probably be disappointed in that he tells a lot about his own upbringing but leaves out a lot with his own son and daughter. Its not the same companion book to the show as Rick Harrison's. But if you want a motivational book on achieving more, the first half is at least worth reading.
Les is sharing lessons he has learned. Wisdom he has gained, and knowledge he has attained in the business world. And you can apply it to not only your own business, but to your life as well. Whether you want to achieve wealth, success, or just feeling like you're an integral part of where you work and who you are when you come home - Les covers it all. Fan of the show, and a huge admirer of who Les Gold is.
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