Anyone Can Do It: My Story by Duncan Bannatyne

By Duncan Bannatyne

At 30, Duncan Bannatyne had no funds and used to be having fun with existence at the seashores of Jersey. He observed a narrative of somebody who had made himself a millionaire, and made up our minds to do an identical himself. 5 years later he had performed it, and now he's worthy £168 million.

In this awesome publication, Bannatyne relives his vibrant route to riches, explaining how someone may take an analogous path as he did - in the event that they really need to. within the booklet, we see how he began as an ice cream salesman, and equipped up that company, ahead of relocating directly to different areas.

Hugely articulate, and with various attention-grabbing and revealing tales to inform, this is often an autobiography and a enterprise booklet in contrast to the other - yet then Bannatyne isn't like several different businessman, both.

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I sold anything that had any GOING IT ALONE 81 value - my colour TV the stereo - and somehow kept managing to scrape together the payments. My next option was to stall on the bills I owed Cadbury's and Walls for our ice-cream stock. The sales reps would call and tell me I was behind with my payment and I'd just say, 'I'm expanding at the moment,' neglecting to mention that I was expanding in a completely different area. ' This routine kept them at bay for a little while, but Lyons Maid soon announced they were taking court action against me to recover the debt.

I learned that people who threaten to do you harm over the phone are generally pretty spineless; it's the people who don't bother with a warning that you want to watch. Although my Scottish accent helped me get a reputation for being hard, it wasn't enough to stop people trying to intimidate me. There was this one guy who sold ice cream in Middlesbrough, and to be fair I guess I'd moved onto his patch; I'd paid for a contract to sell ice cream in Stewart Park, but after the park closed in the evening it made sense to try and sell more stock locally This guy let's call him Paddy - didn't like this one bit, and he used to send his drivers to warn me to stay away.

What happened next probably changed my entire career. ' If I'd have thought for two seconds longer I'd probably have been too scared to act, but I had a rush of blood to the head and acted impulsively I jumped out of the ice-cream-van window, ran over to his van, jerked his side door open and just shouted at him. ' 1 demanded. He just stared back at me while my heart pounded. I had no idea what would happen next, but I didn't falter, I just held his gaze. Then he spoke: 'Duncan, hi . . urn . ' And I knew I had him!

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