FORBES #1 CAREER BOOK TO READ IN 2018
The larger-than-life journey of an 18-year-old college freshman who set out from his dorm room to track down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, and dozens more of the world’s most successful people to uncover how they broke through and launched their careers.
The Third Door takes readers on an unprecedented adventure—from hacking Warren Buffett’s shareholders meeting to chasing Larry King through a grocery store to celebrating in a nightclub with Lady Gaga—as Alex Banayan travels from icon to icon, decoding their success. After remarkable one-on-one interviews with Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Larry King, Jessica Alba, Pitbull, Tim Ferriss, Quincy Jones, and many more, Alex discovered the one key they have in common: they all took the Third Door.
Life, business, success… it’s just like a nightclub. There are always three ways in. There’s the First Door: the main entrance, where ninety-nine percent of people wait in line, hoping to get in. The Second Door: the VIP entrance, where the billionaires and celebrities slip through. But what no one tells you is that there is always, always… the Third Door. It’s the entrance where you have to jump out of line, run down the alley, bang on the door a hundred times, climb over the dumpster, crack open the window, sneak through the kitchen—there’s always a way in. Whether it’s how Bill Gates sold his first piece of software or how Steven Spielberg became the youngest studio director in Hollywood history, they all took the Third Door.
Professional speaker Banayan debuts with a self-aggrandizing memoir unconvincingly couched as a business book. As a college freshman under great parental pressure to succeed, Banayan writes of how he was looking for a way to forge his own path, like the entrepreneurs and entertainers he admired. To fund this, he "hacked" The Price Is Right (by researching the casting producer's name and taking last-minute advice from an audience member) and used the money from his winnings to start pursuing interviews with famous, successful people. He frames the book around his quest to reach them via the "third door" neither over the transom nor personal connections, but via sheer persistence and audacity. In this way, he won access to such luminaries as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Tony Hsieh, and Steven Spielberg. While he covers a few lessons imparted by his interviewees, most of the book consists of stories of how he blustered his way into their offices. This work has little to offer to readers beyond a tribute to the author's own chutzpah.
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Incredible work alex. You’re helping shift the world to a better place. I’ll share this with everyone I know.
The Third Door
A roller coaster of emotions best describes how I felt as I journeyed through this book. Highly recommend for new entrepreneurs. So many lessons for just about anyone.
Reads like an adventure novel
I was expecting it to read more like Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris but this is more about the author’s journey, or a book about how the author made the book.
Lots of good advice. Read it in a day.