The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers

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Crown, Jun 5, 2018 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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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.

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Very enjoyable self-help book. I almost stopped at the beginning as it sounded like another version of Tim Ferriss’s irritating short-cuts-for-bros books. But this is not the non-stop barrage of self ... Read full review

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The best book I have read on being an entrepreneur yet. It was gripping, and while his journey seem larger than life it was believable. What made this autobiography so great is he expresses the ... Read full review

Selected pages


Staring at the Ceiling
The Price Is Right
The Storage Closet
The Spielberg Game
Crouching in the Bathroom
Qi Time
The Hidden Reservoir
Grandpa Warren
The Motel 6
Frog Kissing
The Shareholders Meeting
The Final Bullet

The Dream Mentor
The Rules
Adventures Only Happen to the Adventurous
Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Thats How You Do Business
Exponential Life
The Avoidance List
You Cant OutAmazon Amazon
No One Ever Asks
Its All Gray
Part I
The Third Door
Redefining Success
Staying an Intern
The Collision
Turning Darkness into Light
Sitting Down with Death
The Impostor
The Greatest Gift
Getting in the Game
Dedication Acknowledgments About the Author

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The day before his freshman year final exams, ALEX BANAYAN hacked The Price Is Right, won a sailboat, sold it, and used the prize money to fund his quest to learn from the world’s most successful people. Since then, Banayan has been named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list and Business Insider’s "Most Powerful People Under 30." He has contributed to FastCompany, The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, and TechCrunch, and has been featured in major media including Fortune, Forbes, Businessweek, Bloomberg TV, Fox News, and CBS News. An acclaimed keynote speaker, Banayan has presented the Third Door framework to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from Apple, Nike, IBM, Dell, MTV, Harvard, and countless others.

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