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May 12 2007

Duncan Bannatyne – Anyone Can Do It – Book Review

Bannatyne, Anyone Can Do ItThought I would bring you all another book review as I have just finished reading the auto-biography of Duncan Bannatyne, titled “Anyone Can Do It“.

Duncan Bannatyne has become well known in the UK but I guess that outside the US he is would be not as well known. People in the UK will know Duncan Bannatyne from the Hit TV show called “Dragons Den“. Dragons Den is now in its third year and has been a total surprise success for the BBC.

For those of you have not seen Dragons Den, it is a one hour TV program that normally runs around 10 weeks and it is one of my pick of TV shows that are worth the time investment. Dragons Den has a room of five so called Dragons, each a Self Made Entrepreneur Millionaire, or what Duncan calls a SMEM in his book. These Dragons all have a pile of cash, ready to invest in the ideas of the Entrepreneurs that the shows producers line up to pitch for the investment. So, this is like watching real life entrepreneurs pitching for investment, under the intense scrutiny of five SMEMs and the TV Cameras. All of this makes for compelling watching and great for watching peoples reactions under the pressure applied to them.

Anyway, back to the book. So, Duncan Bannatyne is one of the Dragons on Dragons Den, so I guess it was inevitable that an Auto-Biography would ensue.

The book is about Duncan’s life and how he has amassed a fortune of over £100 Million and inclusion into the Sunday Times Rich List. Duncan really did come from quite humble beginnings from Clydebank in Scotland. Hewas a late starter in the business world andhe started by owning and operating Ice Cream vans when he was 30. He then took a few risks that paid off and the book makes for very interesting reading on how a normal person can make a fortune just by working out simple maths against lucrative business deals.

Duncan has quite a story to tell that involves time spent in Prison, Drug Busts, Ice Cream Turf Wars and also telling some City Stock Brokers where to go very impolitely!

I picked up this book and could not put it down. I read it in a matter of days, taking every opportunity I could to read it. I really found it a motivating read, and if you are trying to be a Self Made Entrepreneur Millionaire, as I am, it is worth the £10 investment as learning from other people is one of my major beliefs for success.

The book can be found on Amazon.

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  1. Jim said on June 21st, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Hi,

    I enjoyed Duncan Bannatyne’s book too. So much that I read it in one sitting and then reviewed it too.

    My review differs from yours (I probably tend to write too much)but the bottom line is Duncan’s book is a great one for inspiration and the odd useful nugget.

    Jim

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  2. Emma said on August 7th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    I am not a great fan of reading, but i spotted this book in a store and dont regret buying it at all.
    I’m only 15 years old and found it inspirational. He spoke from the heart about romania and from his wallet about the paper clips (if you’ve read it you will know what i mean). I could not put it down, I had finished it in no time and its now being passed round my friends.
    10 out of 10. fantastic!

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  3. Sinead said on January 29th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I loved this book such a story and such a business genous

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  4. Zath said on December 14th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I read this book last year, I don’t get to read many books, but this was a great read and would definitely recommend to anyone interested in business and entrepreneurs!

    Very inspirational!

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  5. Andrew Mason said on December 14th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    @Zath:

    I am just reading the James Caan book right now and so far it is the best one from the Dragons that I have read. I will review it when through with it.

    Cheers

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