Driven

Driven

by Andrew Miller

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ISBN-13: 9781304341532
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 08/21/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 101 KB

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Driven: An Autobiography 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read about a fabulous American business success story. Non better!
AshRyan on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Got tricked into reading this as an inspiring biography of a great businessman, and it turned out to be bad Mormon apologetics. Ick.One of my favorite stories in the book is the one about why he bought the Jazz: because Gordon B. Hinckley told him to. No kidding. Apparently, Hinckley was scheming to improve Mormonism's public image (make it seem more "mainstream") even before he was church president, and he told Miller that having an NBA team in Utah would raise the state's media profile and the Mormon church's by association. I think he gives away too much here!And you know how the church holds a dedication ceremony when it opens new buildings (like temples), not in the civil sense but in a religious one where they basically give a priesthood blessing to the building? Well, when Miller built the Delta Center, there was a church dedication for it (which is why they were later able to use it for his funeral). Messed up, huh? As a friend of mine quipped when I told him about it, "If the Jazz were so 'blessed', then why didn't they win any championships?"A more serious question my friend asked was, "Obviously Miller was intelligent---but if you consider the way he died, why was he so ignorant about treating his diabetes?" I assumed he must be intelligent before reading this, too, but he really wasn't. His wife says in the introduction that he wasn't an extraordinary man, just an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. When I read that, I kind of rolled my eyes at what I took to be false modesty. Actually, it turns out she was giving him too much credit. It would be more precise to say that he was an ordinary man to whom extraordinary things happened. In his case, much of his success really was due to simply being in the right place at the right time.Of course, he had to have a couple of qualities that helped him take advantage of the opportunities that fell in his lap, but they're not ones for which he deserves any moral credit. For instance, he had a quasi-photographic memory, particularly when it came to numbers (which is obviously useful in business). As he puts it, he just had a knack for remembering and processing figures.And second, he was a workaholic. Usually I don't like that term, because it makes no distinction between people who are genuinely passionate about their work and devote their life to it out of love, and those who are driven to it out of fear (of failure, of home life, whatever), as Miller was (and he neglected his family horribly).He wasn't terribly good about the diabetes, thanks to his work schedule, but he was actually keeping it somewhat under control. The reason he finally died is actually because he burned his feet in a racing accident, and didn't realize his shoes had melted because of the lack of feeling in his feet due to the diabetes---and thanks to some other medical condition, the doctors weren't able to heal the injury which just got progressively worse. His passion for cars was actually probably the best thing about him, which is sort of sad, and ironic since that's what finally did him in.
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SAMWH More than 1 year ago
GOOD
johndeere8410t More than 1 year ago
Read book in one weekend. Very inspirational and motivational