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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
4.8 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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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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Pester - The Third Door

A book about one boy's pursuit to pester high profile, high achieving members of society so he could write a book about how great he is.

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A book for all ages

Although I turned 40 last month, this book really spoke to me. It is not just for people starting out their journey in college. While it is easy to tell someone to never give up and use persistence as your fuel, the stories in this book really brought it home. It usually takes me a few weeks to get through a book in between running a company and raising a family. I finished this book in two days. I look forward to hearing and learning more from Alex.

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One of the greatest books I have ever read

Just make yourself a favor and listen to this, not only is informative but also entertaining, I felt like I was in a movie, the art of story telling in this audio is absolute awesome! Couldn’t recommend it more!!! And sorry to hear about your dad bro, he would be so so proud of you, stay humble, happy and hungry as you already are!

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Sensational and Shallow: A Typical Hollywood Flick

A hot-blooded young boy (man) narrates his adventure of pestering famous people for interviews. The author’s supposed ‘insights’ are not new (e.g. the journey is the reward), and the author’s forced narrative of personally discovering such ‘miraculous’ insights is annoying and very telling of his lack of introspection and self-reflection (let’s attribute that blame to his youth for now). An interesting read if you’re into mind-numbing Hollywood popcorn action movies, but definitely would not recommend this title to a critical reader.

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Just wow!

This book was not at all what I thought it would be, and as I listened along to Alex talking I realised that I was probably searching for that same buzz feed list as he once was. The stories and knowledge that came from it were far more valuable.

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Absolutely amazing start to end

Valuable book with wonderful story telling by the author and and written in a way that brings you on the adventure. You can hear the authenticity from the authors voice throughout with gems of wisdom from world leaders speckled through the book all the way to the end.

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This is how you write non-fiction

Lots of thought-provoking advice within an engaging story. First audio book I've listened to all the way through in a long time. The narrator's lively storytelling made for great listening.

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Great

Read the whole thing in 1 session, best book ive read to date so far

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Honest, heartfelt and inspiring

I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book. It’s refreshing, reassuring and encouraging for people like myself who take the unconventional path in life. I hope it guides you to many doors you didn’t know existed

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i enjoyed the book

i liked alex's narration of his journey towards interviewing the worlds most successful people and the steps he took to do that. He was just a college student taking a chance to do something exemplary and just went for it. his persistence and his attitude took him there and achieved his goals.

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  • Laurimar Melendez
  • 08-07-2018

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
  • 19-06-2018

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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  • MC
  • 23-06-2018

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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  • jay
  • 30-08-2018

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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  • 15-10-2019

Memoirs of a 19 year old

He wanted to write a book, so he tells us his journey and what it took. The stories of successful people are buried and seem like an afterthought in spite of what the title suggests.

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  • deborah rodriguez
  • 11-08-2018

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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  • EK
  • 22-06-2018

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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  • Tate
  • 05-08-2019

Should have read a few more reviews

Overly dynamic, unnecessary yelling and fabricated excitement. Tried to tough it out the the 2nd chapter and just had to stop.

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  • Guztavo
  • 05-05-2019

Never gets to the point

Too long with unimportant details about how he tried to get interviews with people. Where are the ACTUAL interviews with all these people? That is what i bought this book for.

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  • Anton Lopez
  • 06-02-2019

Not so informative.

I was expecting it to be more informative just like how Alex was marketing it. If you were expecting to get detailed insights and learnings from the people he interviews. This isn't it, this is more of a story about how he went about interviewing these famous people and only dispensing 1 or 2 learnings from that. I wish this included more information and details about the said interviews. But never the less this was a great story.

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  • Osvaldo Pereira
  • 17-04-2019

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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  • Maas
  • 19-10-2020

Exceptionally unexpected

This book will probably hit you deep! Thank you Alex Banayen for writing it. You did an amazing job!

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  • Kas
  • 07-10-2020

Great book every level of your carrier!

Enjoyable story of ‘no silver bullet’ path in the carrier! Great to listen, especially that it showed how hard the path really is rather than sugar coated usual business advise given in this kind of books

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  • mario
  • 20-09-2020

Surprisingly amazing.... I am really pleased

Surprisingly amazing.... I am really pleased that I fou d this book. Recommend to anyone

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  • Sam
  • 17-08-2020

Not just motivation - packed with fantastic life advice

This is one of the greatest audiobooks I have ever listen to - both the delivery and content are incredible. I would encourage people thinking of getting it to ignore criticisms of it being a self-gloating book about a guy doing amazing things. Of course it is - it is a book about the things he did, which are amazing. However, alongside that it is packed with wisdom and motivation on how to make changes and choices in your own life to get where you want to be. Highly recommend to anyone embarking on an entrepreneurial adventure, or starting a career in entertainment.

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  • Customer
  • 31-07-2020

Best book I've ever read

Speechless ! Absolute must read snd the experience of Alex reading his own book, the passion and the depth of his feelings in the read adds soo much!

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  • nic
  • 13-07-2020

A Fabulous Rollercoaster Ride!

Alex is an ingeniously admirable young man, who takes you on his journey to success!

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  • Fast Way To Fitness
  • 06-06-2020

Enjoyed this so much

Really didn’t expect how much this book would influence my thinking. I was stuck and a mentor recommended it. I was hooked from the off! Thank you so much Alex!

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  • E M SHARPE
  • 17-05-2020

Life changing

I loved this book, Alex is changing the world! Thank you Alex what a gift you are! Please come to the UK!

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  • Rob O'Keefe
  • 16-03-2020

Excellent Narration

Alex Banayan does a great job on the Narration , he really brings the book alive .