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Youre Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life from the Winner of The Apprentice Hardcover – 19 Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1st, First Edition, First Printing edition (19 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060765410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060765415
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Rancic is a successful entrepreneur who currently works for the Trump Organization.

Daniel Paisner is a New York Times best-selling author who has written numerous books.


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This is very detailed book full of Bill Rancics own experiences and lesson. It is worth a read for anybody who is interested in business. Full of motivational quotes. Worth a read.
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Book was in great condition. Book is very entertainng. Recommend to anyone interested in business and the apprentice or the like.
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Interesting read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98f2dd20) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9918563c) out of 5 stars Be the sponge. Be the SPONGE! 4 Sept. 2004
By Craig Matteson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Be the sponge" is what Bill Rancic told himself to be around Donald Trump. He wanted to use his experience on the show to learn.

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.

I think this book would be a great read for young people wanting to learn a bit about going out and using their energy and talents to establish themselves and learn about what it takes to start small, but profitable, businesses. Mr. Rancic provides a lot of value for that audience. It is entertaining for the rest of us, and there are some statements that people of every age should learn. I loved his statement that when he finally got on the show and was going to be around Donald Trump he kept telling himself "Be the sponge, Be the sponge!" (page 149).

This is book is a fun piece of pop culture, but is more that fluff. If you are a fan of the show, I think you will enjoy the book.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x999e88b8) out of 5 stars Perfect for Apprentice fans! 16 Nov. 2004
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just started watching Apprentice in Season 2 and am nowviewing the DVD's from Season 1. So when I saw You're Hired, I had no idea who Bill Rancic was or why we should read his book.

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!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9910bd14) out of 5 stars Business Advice from the Winner of the Apprentice 16 Mar. 2005
By Bryan Carey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bill Rancic, the businessman tuned celebrity, made a name for himself in he Chicago area as an entrepreneur long before his name and face gained widespread recognition. He co- founded Cigars Around the World and he was a real estate developer before he made his television appearance on the Apprentice- an event that landed him a prestigious position in the Trump organization. "You're Hired", Rancic's first writing effort, is a business book that details Bill's money making adventures from frying pancakes on a griddle and selling them to his grandmother's friends all the way to his present stint as Trump's main man in Chicago.

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. Bill writes this book in a direct manner, and there is nothing wrong with that. But the book is loaded with run- on sentences, sentence fragments, and other grammatical errors. I can forgive this to an extent because I was still able to understand what Rancic was trying to say. But some people will be turned- off by this oversight and will wonder what Bill was thinking when he decided to publish a book with so many writing mistakes.

Overall, this is a good book, and it provides some good insight for those who have an interest in business and want to learn the ropes from a guy who has achieved a good deal of success at a young age. However, the majority of the advice given here is obvious and I didn't come away from my reading with any new ideas or with a feeling that I just discovered something incredible. It's a decent book to read and it can be completed in a short period of time, but don't expect to get any goose bumps as you skim through these words of wisdom by Donald Trump's apprentice.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99534334) out of 5 stars You're Hired 11 Sept. 2004
By E. Jaeger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was a quick, enjoyable read. Nothing groundbreaking, but the simple, proven advice Bill Rancic offered was still valuable. As someone trying to make a start on my own with a small business I particularly enjoyed the stories about Bill's small businesses. Selling cars for a profit while in high school is really quite brilliant. As was the boat waxing company. Clearly, Bill has a gift for building businesses and creating multiple streams of income. If you haven't read a lot of business/entrepreneurial types of books yet, or if you're just a fan of the show, you won't be disappointed with this book.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6c4054) out of 5 stars A quick, engaging read 18 Oct. 2004
By J. F Malysiak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A lot better than I expected ... nothing new here -- the business tips aren't anything unique from what you'd get in any other business/life management book, but Bill has an engaging voice, his story is more often than not inspiring, and the chapter summations at the end of each chapter provide adequate food for thought. A quick read, which is more than you can say for most business titles...
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