Larry H. Miller is one of the “great American success stories.” Having worked his way up from a job in auto parts to one of the largest automobile dealers in the United States, as well as owner of the Utah Jazz, a minor-league baseball team and numerous other businesses, Larry Miller was an amazing entrepreneur.
And after reading Behind the Drive, it is clear that Larry Miller was an amazing human being as well. It is no secret that I am a fan of biographies. I love to learn about people, who they are, what they’ve done, how they think. Behind the Drive, by Larry’s youngest son, Bryan Miller, is a little different than most biographies. Rather than a recitation of Larry’s life, Behind the Drive is a collection of 99 stories told by people who interacted with Larry throughout his life. Some were business associates, some community members, some family members, some friends. Each story illustrated a different facet of Larry’s personality and gives great insight into the way he lived and worked, from the point of view of those who lived and worked with him over the years.
And the picture these stories paint is of a man who cared deeply—for his work, for his family, for his country, for his employees, and for his community. This book is definitely recommended reading for aspiring entrepreneurs. Not only will readers learn about Larry’s business philosophy, but also about his life and his community. There is much to be learned from the study of any entrepreneur, and this book provides many insights into the way Larry lived his life and ran his businesses.
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