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Enter the Dragon Paperback – 30 Apr 2009
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An inspirational read for anyone in financially hard times. (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)
Classic rags-to-riches story by entrepreneur and Dragons' Den star Theo PaphitisSee all Product description
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What Mr Paphitis does in this book is describe a quite remarkable life, beginning as a child newly arrived from Cypress and struggling not only with the language barrier but also with dyslexia and having to get through school at a time when those difficulties were very rarely supported. Branded as `thick' he could easily have given up there and then. Of course, we know he's anything but thick and is not only very quick but also very shrewd.
Enter the Dragon does give some rules for business at the end (which are on Theo's website too, so we know these are not the purpose of the book) and if you have an ounce of common sense you'll find yourself agreeing with them. The thing that stands out from this book as the way Theo transformed his life is attitude. He has the tenacity to keep trying and the determination to succeed. He has the sense to cut his losses and not carry them with him into the next venture. Most of all, he embraces his abilities with the key attitude that he can do anything he puts his mind to. We can all do that (within our physical limitations) but how often do we allow ourselves to believe it?
You might not get direct insight to business plans and how to play every move in the game from this book. If you sit back and read it and exercise a little common sense you can easily interpret the message though. If you give up, you'll never be anything like Mr Paphitis. If you allow your heart to rule your head in business, you're setting yourself up for a fall. If you bite off more than you can chew, you'll choke. If you don't do your homework, you'll get caught out. It's all about having the spirit and the sense to succeed. Theo's had some near misses but he fought back with a powerful faith in his ability to spot an opportunity.
There's a lot to be got from this book, whether you're looking for a sense of direction in business or just want to know more about the dragon we've all come to appreciate for not pussy-footing around. If it's how to you're after, this is not the book for you. If you can apply a little independent thought to what you read and think about how you can change your attitude and approach, then it's a very useful read. It's nice to learn more about Theo the person as well.
Four stars Theo - a bit too much football for me, and yes I know that's highly relevant to you and both your business and personal life - it just makes very little sense to me so I didn't take much in for two chapters. Readers, you can still learn that it's good to have more passions in life than `strictly business' - this man is football crazy and I wouldn't mind being a tenner behind him!
Having gone from job to job, dissatisfaction was not going to be a way of life for Mr P. At one point he was unemployed, running out of cash, and just sailed on the river and went to the pub everyday....completely lost in life.
Later, innovating clever new methods in the commercial insurance world, he won respect, status and wealth. As well as sheer grit, drive, and guts, pure chance events played their part in rocketing this dyslexic Cypriot boy who once slept on a sofa, to membership of the super rich world elite !
100% RECOMMENDED HIGHLY INSPIRATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING !
Fascinating and inspiring.
I have only given 4 stars as I feel Duncan B 's book was more descriptive in terms of his persona and from a point of view in starting businesses from scratch. I felt Theo Paphitis made more of his money from taking advantage of receiverships and the flexible legislation they allow.
Full credit to him though for being in a position to take advantage. There's no such thing as luck unless it begins with hard graft.
It’s a real page turner written like a great novel – but this is about business, and if you want to find out how the banks, city money and big businesses operate you’ll find it here in simple straightforward language which is the hallmark of the man and his whole attitude to business.
I’ve been a fan of Theo Paphitis for years and this book endorsed my admiration tenfold.
He’s a grafter with a gift for cutting the rubbish and getting on and making things happen.
If he writes any more I’ll be first on the buying list. Highly recommended.
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