Robert Herjavec on Strombo Tonight

herjavec-bio.jpgDragons' Den star Robert Herjavec is working on a follow-up to his national bestseller, Driven: How to Succeed in Business and Life.

The new book is set to be published by HarperCollins in September 2012, according to a recent tweet from Herjavec's Twitter account.

In Driven, the entrepreneur recounts his rags-to-riches story and what lessons he learned along the way. Herjavec grew up on a small farm in communist Yugoslavia, before emigrating to Halifax with his parents at age eight. Despite these humble beginnings (or perhaps because of them), Herjavec became a success in the business world, founding his own IT companies and becoming a reality show star (he's also on ABC's Shark Tank, the American version of Dragons' Den).

It was mostly self-confidence and determination that led Herjavec to his success. He didn't become a business expert in a classroom, but through a work ethic he inherited from his father, who swept factory floors to provide for his family.

"I barely finished university," he told CBC's George Stromboulopolous in an interview last October. "In fact, I came home and told my dad I was quitting university and he looked at me and said, Robert you're the only one in our family who has gone past high school, if you don't finish I'm going to kill you and bury you in the backyard."

Driven, however, is not just a book about business — it's also about relationships and family. There's no doubt that becoming a successful entrepreneur requires immense dedication and tenacity, but Herjavec says everyone must ask themselves how much they're willing to give up to get what they want.

"I think you've got to evaluate that for yourself. For me, having the family around me is really critical. Could I have done more? Could I have made more? Absolutely. But, for me, if you get to the finish line [and] there's nobody around you, and you're standing in the middle of the field by yourself with $100 million or $200 million, it's really not worth it.

I think the reality is: when you start out there is no balance. You'd better be ready to sacrifice everything. But somewhere along the way you have the opportunity to ask yourself: do I want to make $1 million, or do I want make $10 million, or do I want to make $50 million? And we all have a different answer for that."

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Driven is organized by the work and life principles that made Robert Herjavec both wealthy and successful (indeed, these terms are not synonymous). Herjavec reveals the secrets that took him from waiting tables to growing his nascent technology company, The Herjavec Group, into a world-class conglomerate. His principles are as valuable in the living room as they are in the boardroom. Anyone can succeed, on their own terms, by following his sage but simple advice — as long as they're willing to take chances, take control of their future and stay true to their vision.

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