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You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life from the Winner of The Apprentice Hardcover – August 31, 2004
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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 opportunities they had the energy to exploit.
Each of these biographical chapters is accompanied by a chapter of insights from the author on lessons learned during his career. These are fairly standard slogans or statements, but he does try to give them a personal twist and I credit him for that.
There are about thirty pages on his experience on the show and his analysis of how things worked out in his favor. Again, he doesn't dismiss some luck being involved, but he doesn't shy away from saying where some of the other contestants faltered.
He also talks about his parents and family in a way that adds to the personal character of the book. The last chapter talks about his goals and plans for the future.Read more ›
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 winner would remain under the radar screen.
Season 1's participants seemed more diverse than Season 2's. In Season 2 I often have trouble telling some of the people apart! No problem with Season 1.
And of course it's nice to know there's life after The Apprentice. Rancic's story of starting work on a huge construction project is fascinating and I would have welcomed much more detail.
The business advice? Nothing sensational here. It's the Bill Runcic story that sells books!
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 business, explaining the principles that have guided him along the way.
As far as the tips and advice go, this book is pretty average overall. Each chapter ends with a listing of tips compiled by Bill and I can agree that most of them are useful and they all make practical sense. But what they lack is the "wow" factor. There is nothing really profound or memorable among them; nothing that would make you step back and think about the meaning of what was just stated. The tips for success that Bill presents are common sense, and if you read many business books, you have likely already heard this type of advice before.
One thing that is worth mentioning here is the actual writing of the book, because it is something that will bother certain readers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice reading about someone's journey to success from the very beginning. Gives you a great insight on what it takes to be a winner.Published 23 months ago by Eleazar Lucero
A very readable story of Bill's business journey. From selling cars to his days of starring on the apprentice and working with Donald Trump.Published on May 26, 2014 by Garth Jemmett
I remember author Steven Pressfield explaining that Madonna has a boss that is just as critical and demanding as our bosses, but in her case her bosses' name is Madonna. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by JLizard
I'm 100% confident that he wrote this book because it sounds as if he is speaking and had it transcribed. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Jessica Bahr
Great and Interesting book, about solid guy and personality. I really like Bill after watching the 1st season of The Apprentice he became my role model, because he was quite... Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by N. Y. Dimitrov
If you want to get inspired and need some business leadership, Bill Rancic is the right person. He has his head on straight and is a great example of a business leader.Published on December 4, 2012 by Laura Rogers
After reading this book I admire Bill yet more. His an extremely motivated person who's willing to think beyond the lines of normality. This book is a learning experience. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by AM
This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I'm a fan of Bill Rancic and even more so now after reading this.Published on September 6, 2011 by Jose Z
When you feel you're stuck in a rut in your business or position - this book is an amazing read to boost your spirit. Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Janice Chong