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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (71 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Wyly Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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My work is to create companies and build them, writes Sam Wyly in this candid, engrossing memoir, which reveals how he established and expanded companies on the leading edge of advancements in technology, energy, retail, and investments over the last 45 years.

Wyly shares the process, relationships, struggles, and strategies that have made him one of the 1,000 wealthiest people in the world. From the hardships his parents faced trying to hold on to the family cotton farm during the Depression to the coaching he received on the high school football field, this self-made billionaire describes how his early years in Louisiana prepared him for what lay ahead. His sales experience with IBM and Honeywell in Dallas in the early 1960s gave him the idea to start the first computer utility. Risking $1,000 of his savings, he founded University Computing in 1963 and took it public two years later, becoming a millionaire at the age of 30.

Part autobiography and part inspirational business guide, this audio is full of refreshing insights about what it takes to create, grow, and build successful companies. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cliff | 12/22/2012

    " I'm in the computer biz and I'd never heard of this guy before I read this book. But I guess that could be said about a lot of people. There have been a lot of people in our racket. An interesting story with some practical advice to the aspiring businessperson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mat Cendana | 9/8/2012

    " Development of one's character is crucial for success. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C A Rollins | 3/18/2012

    " On page 43 Chapter 5. Just received the book Friday May 8th, 2009. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/7/2011

    " Sam did a great job of writing about his work life and goals. He has a lot to be proud of and, as he is a personal friend of my Dad's, I can vouch for his high integrity. A very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wellington | 11/3/2011

    " I had no idea who this guy was when I picked up the book. He's a world class entrepreneur and a class act. Book was rather episodic/formulaistic but does give a good peek into the mind of one really successful entrepreneur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 9/20/2010

    " A should-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glasspixie Pixie | 4/21/2010

    " Other biographies and autobiographies I've read about businessmen don't get into the details of what they had to do to get their businesses started. It was nice to see his thought process and see examples of how he gathered the resources he needed to get things off the ground. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 3/22/2010

    " More of a memoir, and less of a book about capital, than I had hoped for, but it seems well-written (well-ghost-written?) and edited, and does seem to capture the energy and style of its entrepreneurial subject/author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 2/12/2010

    " Good auto-biography. Nothing earth shattering, but a few good ideas from it. "

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About the Author

Sam Wyly, a self-made billionaire of Scottish and Irish descent, grew up in Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech to study journalism and accounting. He won a scholarship to the University of Michigan Business School, where he earned an MBA. With his brother, Charles, his partner in many of his businesses, Sam funded the Charles Wyly Sr. Tower of Learning at Louisiana Tech in memory of their father. Always an avid reader and student of history, he recently purchased the independent bookstore Explore Booksellers and Bistro in Aspen, Colorado, with his wife, Cheryl. Sam is also an active proponent of clean air through clean energy. He has lived most of his adult life in Dallas, and also spends time in Aspen and New York’s Greenwich Village.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.