Executive producer Mark Burnett has revolutionized television. Phrases from his smash-hit reality shows - "The tribe has spoken" and "You’re fired" - have become part of our cultural lexicon. So how did a British immigrant with very little cash and absolutely no connections become his own entertainment empire? The answers can be found in Jump In!, Burnett’s astounding personal saga. Burnett knows better than anyone that jumping into life with both feet first isn’t always easy - in his pursuit of success, he has taken countless chances and flirted with outrageous failure dozens of times. But in the long run, he notes, the rewards are so much greater for the risk.
In his time as a British Army paratrooper, and then behind the scenes of his blockbuster shows, Burnett has learned that delay and fear are the biggest enemies of achievement. In this fascinating book, he uses his television adventures as a springboard to impart invaluable lessons that apply to the business world as well as to everyday life. What qualities do the winners of Survivor and The Apprentice have in common? Where did the losers go wrong? Burnett tells all. Here, too, are incredible stories about the shows and their contestants that have never before been revealed to the public. From the Malaysian pirates who almost invaded the island of Pulau Tiga during the filming of the first Survivor to the gun battle with Somali partisans during the filming of Survivor: Africa, Burnett’s larger-than-life experiences will amaze and enthrall.
After years of facing remarkable challenges - both professional and personal - Mark Burnett knows it’s best to trust your gut instincts, recognize what you want, and go for it full-throttle. Jump In! is a must-listen for those who want to seize the moment, take risks, think big, and achieve their goals.
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I enjoyed this book. It was inspirational seeing how Mark made things happen with his career. It was also fun hearing all the behind the scenes details about his different shows.
- Michael Gier