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The Third Door

The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers
Narrated by: Alex Banayan
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Summary

Forbes #1 Career Book to Read in 2018

The National Best Seller

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 listeners 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 99 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 100 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.

©2018 Alex Banayan (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Exhilarating and empowering... If you care about your success, you have to read The Third Door.” (Tony Robbins, entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and the nation’s number one life and business strategist)

“From redefining success with Steve Wozniak to staring death in the eyes with Jessica Alba, this book is packed with adventure, drama, and remarkable lessons the whole way through. Whether you‘re an executive or a recent college graduate, you’ll find inspiration and wisdom in The Third Door.” (Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and New York Times best-selling author of Thrive)

"The Third Door is at once a spirited coming-of-age story and a hard-headed examination of what it takes to succeed at the highest levels. Alex Banayan has cracked the code of the world’s most successful people and shown he will soon join their ranks.” (Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of When, Drive, and A Whole New Mind)

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Narcissistic drivel — avoid!

Terrible — the author cannot get out of his own way. Self-aggrandising and without substance. I literally found it hard to listen to given his personality and voice.

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Brilliant and inspiring

A really engaging listen. I couldn't put it down. An inspiring and motivating story of adventure and discovery.

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Energies your momentum

Love it. Unbelievable revelations too. This book kept me focused & ready for the next chapter, every time.

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Self congratulatory and long winded

This book involves some interviews with some phenomenal individuals, but the main story and the author himself are difficult to deal with. This is told in a way similar to 'Into The Wild', where it is all about the "meaningful adventure" of the little kid who ends up shooting himself in the foot over and over again.

The core message is, if you have an essential life purpose, then you should work hard to achieve it and with sustained effort, you very may well succeed. And obvious path is not necessarily the only path to your goal.

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Amazing!!!

A truly wonderful and enthralling book! The encounters that Alex has and his determination are so inspiring. I have loved every minute of it. The acknowledgment at the end was beautiful and I'm certainly not ashamed to say that I cried through most of it. Absolute must read for everyone, this is the sort of book that should be mandatory reading in the education system. it doesn't matter what walk of life you come from or what age you are, there is something to be taken from Alex's experiances. I only wish it had been around when I was 18, but that's not to say it hasn't helped keep me on my own path of the unknown. simply wonderful!

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Enjoy the journey!!!

To me this book seemed more like a memoir and I felt it was a great read (or listen). There are many things I liked about this book
1. Simplicity - anyone can understand and not get bored
2. Audacity - (from 1st person perspective) and the narrative style make it relate-able
3. Tenacity

At some points I felt the book was long winded, hence my 4 stars for the Story - else this book is worth every pound (dollar). While I was acquainted to some concepts - the journey of Alex is what make this book special and it keeps wanting to you to find out what happens next.

I highly recommend this book if you are starting out in your life (or) if you are searching for what is in store for you. The "third door" may or may not illuminate you - depending on your age, exposure, background. However, it will for sure encourage you to dream and dream boldly.

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one of the best

One of the best books I have ever listen to. great inspiration for me to get to my goals!

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Extraordinaire

Amazing. Must read for all. Stories are so connected it's hard to pause. You just want to go on and on.

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Hindsight creates Foresight... I know this now!

Loved Alex's narration! He really brought it to life!!

You'll be right there with him as he walks you through the journey!

Loved it!

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total loge changer. its compelling and emotional a

total loge changer. its compelling and emotional at the same time . everyone who is serious about a comfortable life must hear this

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  • Laurimar Melendez
  • 08-07-18

This story saved my future...

I’m a 23 years old female studying advertising design, dying inside for not feeling like I was fulfilling my purpose or any of my dreams. As I came through this book (by a very random way) I started listening to it non stop... To make the long story short, I finally found what I’ve been looking for throughout all these years: a savior to my future. But not a person specifically, instead, a life long experience’s story kind of savior... It showed me that life is better when you always enter by “the third door”, and that possibilities are those that you make yourself.

Thank you Alex for being brave enough to take on this journey. I’m forever grateful.

Cordially,

Laurimar Melendez

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  • RV
  • 19-06-18

A must listen for every millennial

This book is a must read for any and all millennials. The story and lessons covered in this book are AMAZING. As an aspiring entrepreneur this book has inspired me beyond belief to accomplish this life. The fact that the author narrated this book, I believe, made it even more impactful as you get the true emotion and makes feel like you are on the journey right along side him.

The acknowledgment section became very real and emotional for me as I thought of my late grandfather and my still living father. The lessons learned about relationships and true friendships brought me to tears. This is a book that I will share with my children as they get older and live life.

Thank you, Mr. Banayan for your sacrifice and inspiration. Thank you for creating and sharing this masterpiece with the world.

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  • deborah rodriguez
  • 11-08-18

All.

The books is enjoyable. And inspiring. and All. I experience some emotions I don't want to say but they were felt so deeply. I will cherish this book and remembered all my life. thank you very much.

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  • MC
  • 23-06-18

Highly Recommend

What a great book this was to listen to on my commutes to and from work. While I do not typically choose books of this nature, I was drawn to download The Third Door after hearing Alex on The Rich Roll podcast; and, I am so glad I did!

The story had me crying and laughing along and each chapter only seemed to get better than the last, which is impressive considering who all was interviewed along his journey. I can’t recommend it enough and hope you will gain as much from it as I have!

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  • EK
  • 22-06-18

A must read (listen)!

I bought this book after hearing Alex Banayan on The Rich Roll Podcast. Even though I’m about the farthest you can get from the demographic this book was originally intended (a 42 year old mom and wife content in her career and life) I was so drawn in by Alex’s storytelling and experience I wanted to hear more. I’m SO glad I did! Beautifully read by the author, Alex Banayan, The Third Door is engaging from the start. I bought the book in the morning and listened to every minute until it was finished, I couldn’t put it down. A combination of amazing storytelling, beautiful reflection, and the power of possibility, this book is full of entertainment and insight no matter your career, passion, or place in life. It’s infused with what’s possible when we believe in that which moves us and take action towards our mission with knowledge, failure, growth and purpose. But for me the greatest take away is the power within us all to help and connect to one another, to be door openers and window finders, to move and be moved towards our own mission and in service of others. I loved this book and cannot recommend it enough.

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  • jay
  • 30-08-18

Great Stories , Over produced/Read

Great book. Perfect for the entrepreneurs needing some motivation in getting started or even the current entrepreneurs looking to rekindle a flame which got you going in the beginning. Loved every story in particular Qi Lu who's field is one i'm akin to. The only real thing which let this book down was the over production in the story telling. Not every word has to be emphasised as if it was a thriller being read to the world through a radio. Be calm and just tell the story not every word needs to pronounced with such theatrics to give it more value, it is credible as it is. I can only assume that the author has a hidden passion for theatre or the stage from this. If I am right then everything prior to this makes sense. Just a small criticism for a very fine piece.

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  • KD
  • 11-08-18

incredible

couldn't stop listening. Alex is a terrific storyteller and a great teacher. recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about thinking differently

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  • The Shopper
  • 07-08-18

An Uncommon Adventure!

This book was great! The author Alex Banayan takes you on an emotional adventure where he is in hot pursuit to glean information from the world's most prominent people for the purpose of enlightening young people in the 21st century. Very well written, nothing boring about it, and well worth anyone's time. He even leaves tidbits for young readers to investigate other books.
Thanks Alex this was actually worth my time.

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  • Brandon W.
  • 06-08-18

WOW! You NEED this book!

The Third Door was by far the most inspirational book I think I've ever read! Alex's passion and dedication truly shows in his reading of the book on Audible. If you haven't read or listened to this book already, you need to!

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  • Evan Lowery
  • 09-07-18

Incredibly inspiring adventure

The single best audible book I've ever listened to. You can feel the emotional rollercoaster that Alex experiences as he stumbles song in his journey. Many lessons learned and most importantly that any dream can be accomplished with creativity, persistence, and a third door mentality

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