Get the Life You Really Want (Quick Reads) (Quick Reads 2012) Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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About the Author
James Caan dropped out of school at sixteen and started his first business from a broom cupboard, equipped with little more than charm, his father's advice and a phone. He went on to make his fortune in the job industry and is now one of the UK's most successful businessmen.
Caan became a familiar face on our TV screens in 2007 when he joined the BBC's hit show Dragons' Den. He has written two books: Get the Job You Really Want and The Real Deal: My Story from Brick Lane to Dragons' Den. He writes regularly for newspapers, gives advice on various Government programmes, and has set up his own charitable foundation. He also contributed to the 2009 Quick Read Dragons' Den Your Road to Success.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am a fan of the QuickRead series and when I saw this book I picked it up immediately and started to read it the same day.
I've never read any of the books by the Dragon's Den lot (or watched the TV programme), but I will certainly be buying James Caan's biography.
In this short book, Mr Caan gives simple advice on how to improve you life - setting targets, looking after yourself, releasing your potential, and although there are already many books out there that already do this, Get the Life You Really Want is a real gem. It is written so simply, it is very motivating and inspiring and I think it helps that it is such a short book as it doesn't go on and on with unrealistic examples. In fact the example he uses about his sister starting up a business is something that could encourage many people to do the same thing. (Although it did help that she had a very wealthy brother when she was planning to take her business to another level, but should people wish just want to make some extra money, it demonstrates how easy it can be to set something up yourself)
A very encouraging read. You can't complain at that price.
James Caan's ten-point plan includes things like setting realistic targets, time management, basic finance tips, communicating with and involving people, building relationships, self motivation and learning to live a healthier lifestyle to help remain more energetic and focused. These tips might be useful when making a career change, or to help improve what you are already doing in everyday life.
I'm not usually very good at retaining information from books like this. This book was ideal for me because it is short with simple and good advice, and not full of fancy ideas. What I would say though is that I felt some of the tips/advice are more achievable than others.
Is it genuinely that easy to get the life one really wants or does James Caan make it sound easy because he has done so well?
Its a nice little coffee break book and some of the things mentioned in the book do tend to linger as thoughts. Maybe those are the things that make the achievement possible?
be consistent with your aims and work. remind your goals and keep working on them.
I have never watched Dragon Den ( yes, it is possible!) so had no prejudice towards its author.
However , I did find the content lacking in depth and analysis .
Certainly useful as an introduction to a reflection on the theme "where is my life going...?"
but not an answer or even a guide just a few ideas you might find useful to start answering the question asked by
a promising title...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's his story and it's quite honest. I read it in few hours. It's nice when writers invite you and share with you their own life....Published 19 months ago by Anna Sch.
it's ok, nothing special. tell you that you need to plan your life better...that's it.Published on 6 Aug. 2014 by mihow
a good quick read and worth dipping into when the glass is getting less than half full. nothing new thoughPublished on 5 Aug. 2014 by Alisaspain
I read this book last christmas on my way to Lankashire, I couldnt drop the book as its so engaging and nicely written.Published on 21 Feb. 2014 by Birch