When he was sixteen years old, Larry Miller came home one summer night to find all his possessions sitting in three bags on the porch of his darkened house. The door was locked.
From those troubled and humble beginnings rose a man whose influence has touched, according to reliable pollsters, more than 99 percent of the population of Utah as well as myriads of people worldwide.
Seven months before Miller passed away, he began working with Doug Robinson on this biography. Written in first person, the book talks about the many facets of Larry's life and legacy and speaks candidly about the people and experiences that influenced him. It doesn't just tell Larry Miller's story, it shares lessons — painful as well as joyful lessons — he has earned from his experiences. This fascinating and inspiring biography includes:
I really loved learning about the life of Larry H. Miller and all that he has done to benefit my community. I especially love the stories told about helping the Utah Jazz stay in Utah. What a great man with great advice!
I did feel however that the book was redundant, telling the same stories 2 or 3 times in some places. If it weren´t for that, I would have happily given a 5 star review.
I have been a Jazz fan my whole life but learned I knew very little about Larry. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about his life and how he thought. It was a book that made me want to be better. I would recommend this book to anyone from Utah. Jazz fan or not. Larry sure did a lot for the state. I am thankful for him and his family.
I learned a lot of important lessons from this book. Mainly, that life is what we make of it, not what happens to us. Larry H. Miller reflects on experiences from his life, and how he handled or overcame them. I appreciated his honestly and really enjoyed the accounts he had to share of how he started his own business and interacted with a lot of important people in his life. He did a lot of good for people in his own life and for his community.
What a wonderful book to read! I was inspired by the life and example of a humble and hardworking man. I feel as though I was allowed the opportunity to see the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Miller up close and in a personal way. I never even had an idea of all the good that Mr. Miller had done and the good that continues to be done today through his name. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
I just finished listening to this book on CD while commuting to and from work. This was so amazing! Many times I had to wipe away tears while driving. It was such an inspiration to hear about his incredible experiences and what a big heart this man had. What a wonderful legacy he has left. So glad I had the opportunity to learn about his life. Wonderfully written!
Well written; great authorship. I have recommended this book to all I know. A friend wanted to tell me about a book. Without telling me the title, he started by telling me it was the great book--the best he had ever read. At that, I said "Larry Miller!", and I was right. I read the book in three nights before my wife gave it to her father for Father's Day. Great book. It needs more than five stars.
I have never met Larry H. Miller, but I've grown to love and appreciate him for all that his done. I had no idea the extent of his influence. His life has tremendously impacted mine. I am inspired to wake up earlier, work harder and longer each day, serve people, and live the gospel. I tell everyone about his life and book. It's been a long time since I've been inspired, and this book ignited my determination to be Driven!!
Larry Miller's story is not what I was expecting. It's not about what he accomplished but about the man he became. Great read includes insight into a personal life. I would recommend it to anyone. I'm giving it away as a b-day present to my friend. Larry loved people and showed it well.
I just wanted to relate a little on his attitude at school. It was about the second year of middle school that I stopped paying attention in class. I was influenced by my surroundings.I could only go into further detail about it in person.
The beginning of high school I felt that it was a reputation I was committed to and continued to deny the right thing. I was expelled every year of high school, a lot like Bro Miller. The staff didn't want to see me or deal with me. Detention and in school suspension wouldn't let me in.
I felt that the principal was inspired when he sent the young Brother Miller off on expulsion with a subject to research. You have to ask yourself, what was the reasoning behind this project?
I will buy the book, not only for my husband to read (workaholic), but for myself to know I'm not the only wife waiting for my husband to "come Home" after 25 yrs. of marriage & 5 children. It's always from one crisis & deadline to another, but work seems to override our lives. The children grow up & move on. Positive attitude is so critical to making it all work- somehow if not for ourselves, but for the children, and then wait to see what is left over for ourselves.
This book is really touching, in ways I didn't expect. I have lived most of my life outside of Utah and am not a Jazz follower but found the portrait really engrossing. I was expecting to read about Miller's successes and local empire (of which I'm only vaguely familiar) but was pleasantly surprised at how honest, humble, personal, and -- ultimately -- touching the tone of the book was. Kudos to Miller for being so accessible and open about both the blessings and the regrets of his own life. I would recommend this book for both men and women, inside or outside of Utah. I knew next to nothing about Larry Miller prior to reading this -- and regardless of your interest in his businesses, as a character study this really stands alone on its depth and sincerity.
After years of hearing all the ads, I really thought I knew Larry H. Miller. Turns out I didn't.
After reading Driven, I saw so many other sides to the man I knew as a car salesman and owner of the Utah Jazz. His passion and drive pushed him through everything in life.
I ended up learning a lot by reading about Mr. Miller. He knew the only thing he had to give was his work ethic, and decided he would flat out work harder than everyone else to achieve success. Now, I'm not sure I am ready to put in 60 hour work weeks, but I could push myself a little harder.
The thing that touched me most about the book, however, was learning about his dear wife, Gail. What a trooper. She is one amazing woman. Read the epilogue. You won't regret it.
I cannot say enough good about this book! It's a fascinating and candid
look at a really remarkable man. While I've always admired Larry
Miller, I never met him. As I read this book, I realized I'd had almost
no idea of the breadth of his influence. There are fascinating chapters
about his experience with the Jazz and his involvement in the movie
business, but also information about the reasons he supported the Joseph
Smith Papers Project, and about some of his private humanitarian service
I liked that fact that the book is realistic. It doesn't try to make
Miller appear as a saint (though I certainly came away admiring the
man). He says, in effect, "Here's how I did it, here's what I
learned--and here's what it cost me." He doesn't shy away from talking
about some painful lessons he learned.
But it's more than a business book. Miller talks about the impact of
the gospel in his life, about the importance of family, and about the
importance of keeping your word.
I particularly liked John Stockton's foreword, Doug Robinson's
introduction, and Gail Miller's moving epilogue. Those chapters are
worth the price of the book alone, but the whole book kept my interest.
I felt I really got to know Larry Miller, and reading about him made me
want to be a better person. This is the most unusual--and
compelling--biography I've read in several years.
This book is way better than I thought. I found the stories and experiences that reflected his personality and person, truly fascinating. Larry Miller was a remarkable man. Each time I would read, I found it harder and harder to put down. This is really one of those books that you've just got to read.