Business Books From The Dragons’ Den

Five of the UK’s leading multi-millionaire, serial entrepreneurs sit on the panel of the Dragons’ Den deciding whether or not to invest in business propositions. Successful applicants are few due to the many years experience of the Dragons whose advice should really be heeded, but often isn’t on the program.

After making their case the pitchees face a grilling from the panel who decide whether or not to take a stake in the company being pitched. Generally, they do not bother as the prudent questioning usually picks holes in the proposal being examined. However, some people do a good enough job to convince one or more Dragons to invest.

The Dragons have vast experience across a wide spectrum of business sectors and anyone who ends up working with one or more of them benefits greatly from their experience and knowledge. They all invest from time to time and continue to look for opportunities. They are not the type of people to stand still.

It follows that if these people are worth listening to the books they write are probably worth reading too. That’s assuming that the book in question concerns their specialty; making profits with successfully run businesses.

It is often said that success breeds success, so if you are a business person and would like to be successful hanging out with successful people like the Dragons would be a good idea. Failing that reading their books would be a viable second option. The question then is which book to choose, or which Dragon’s book to choose.

The obvious choice would be to choose a book written by your favourite Dragon, although a wiser option would be to choose the one with the greater experience in a field closer to your own. Each Dragon has a wide portfolio of business experience but still have specialties; Duncan Bannatyne – Care Homes, Health Clubs/Spa’s; Deborah Meadon – holiday company; Hilary Devey – Transportation and distribution; Peter Jones – technology; Theo Paphitis – retail, property, finance and consumer goods.

On the other hand, each probably has sufficient skills to make a business with potential in any sector do very well, so a particular Dragon’s speciality may not be critical. For most businesses appearing on the Dragons’ Den program, pitching to the panel and eventually getting the required investment is not an option. But spending the time reading one of the Dragons’ books is more realistic and could potentially provide the no-nonsense advice required to give your company the boost it requires for growth in the present economic climate.

The books of the present and past Dragons are readily available, from Amazon and elsewhere, good value and packed with the kind of advice that only years of experience can offer. There’s very little to lose and possibly a huge amount to gain. So what’s stopping you?

Feng Shui Dragon Information – The Mighty and Mystical

Feng shui dragon symbols, their power and purpose are enchanting and yes, it is real. Some call it a myth. Some call it nothing more than a useless belief. Is it something that is brought upon from Chinese mythology? Or is it something that does have a reality and has been proven to provide worth, value and acceptance. The results have been seen and successful outcomes have been and will be currently utilized through out the world today. It isn’t fake and it isn’t just a dream from some Chinese prophecy.

Feng Shui is NOT about religion, astrology, philosophy or superstition. It is the Study of ENERGY (Quantum Physics), and how that energy “effects” lives, homes, offices and careers.

Will Feng Shui Interfere with my Religious Beliefs?

No. Feng Shui was developed by the Chinese people who happened to be Buddhists, but it is not related to any religion or spiritual belief system — it is an Earth Science. The foundation of Quantum Physics and Relativity.

More than just the Chinese culture believes that this force is real and does exist. The United States, the western world believes in this practice and philosophy and yes are using it because it is real and it does work. It enchants and stirs the imagination. The Dragon is one of the four celestial animal that is an important yet powerful symbol in feng shui. The other three are the Tortoise, the White Tiger and the Red Bird (the Phoenix). The Dragon represents the ultimate Yang symbol, male vitality, bravery and courage. It is magnanimous and full of strength. The Dragon becomes a very powerful and potent symbol when placed facing the East and in the east sector of any house or room, but not the rooms that are listed below. The dragon image can be placed pointing in other directions as well.

In Chinese culture and perhaps even in the Western culture of feng shui, the dragon is the most favorable, sacred and magnificent of all the other celestial creatures and to be treated with great respect. Through generations, the dragon has been the ultimate symbol of luck, fortune, harmony, well-being and honor. In ancient times, Emperors of China regarded themselves as dragons and the symbol of dragon could only be used by them and no one else.

The Dragon’s cosmic breath is believed to have created the chi of the universe. Chi consists of three phases. These are called Sheng (moving upwards or moving forward), Si (dying or waning), and Sha (indicative and harmful energy). Feng Shui is the positive and helpful chi energy in the Sheng category. It is a positive energy and found in places that are uplifting, bright and refreshing. Living in these places are generally happy and peaceful.

The good energy Sheng Chi, brings good fortune and comfort into our homes and workplaces. Making it an all around bringer of good luck. The Dragons are a powerful tool and enhancer of business luck as well. They bring foresight and wisdom to the elderly, honor to the family and they protect the wearer in the coming years.

The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac and its internal element is earth. The compass direction is about 98 degrees to around 128 degrees. That is why it likes to face to the east using those bearings. Its allies are the Rat and the Monkey and the Rooster has its secret friend. The Dragon is frequently seen in paintings, statues or sculptures holding a ball or a pearl. This symbolizes success and victory in wealth and career achievement.

Here is how you can use the dragon to feng shui your way to a better life.

1. For career luck and those seeking continuous achievement, place a dragon figurine on the table, cabinet or in the East side of your office or study. Your professional luck will look much better.

2. Activate the dragon by placing it in the eastern location of your home or living room. This brings good health and harmony to the residents of the house.

3. Place your dragon image or statue near your aquarium or a water source such as a fountain for good fortune and advancement in your career. It will also work if you are seeking fame and recognition.

4. Dragons made from metal or decorated metal can be used to fend-off evil influences of the troublesome and volatile #5 yellow star and the #2 black star. The black #2 star is also known as the sickness star at it brings illnesses and ailments. The #5 yellow star is the disaster star and it instigates fights, accidents and death. Placing the metallic Dragon in these affected areas will dissolve these energies. A six-rod wind chime made of brass would be a great feng shui cure.

5. Place the dragon in a northern location to enhance your career luck. By placing it in a northern location, it too will help you up the company ladder.

6. If you were born in the year of the dragon, place the dragon on the east side of your work desk or study desk to promote good wealth.

7. By placing the dragon in the northwest area of your home, this will bring mentors, advisors and powerful friends into your life.

Important things to remember:

Try to place the dragon at eye level or lower. This will help to ensure that they are still under our control. Another mistake that many people make is to place nine dragons throughout the house, as it represents number nine. However, this has to be avoided and the maximum number of dragons that should be kept in the house is five.

Try not to place any representation of the dragon inside the bedroom as the dragon is the ultimate yang symbol and it is not meant to be in place where there is a yin energy present. This will produce a competition effect and the dragons power will cease to work.

Do not place your dragon near the toilet or in the bathroom. The bathroom water is used for washing or flushing and symbolizes the unclean water. And refrain from putting it in the garage or a closet. This is because the dragon represents activity and placing it in rooms which are meant for inactivity may not be wise.

‘Dragons Den’ BBC TV Series – Success Stories

Dragons Den BBC2 TV Series is unlike any other reality TV show in that there is something more at stake than the contestants’ pride. In front of some the richest and most successful businessmen and women in Britain members of the public pitch their products, ideas and their business acumen in the hopes of securing an investment that could turn their businesses and their lives around in a way that most can only dream of. The aim of the game is not to win but simply to make a life changing business agreement. The stakes are real, as is the money.

Whilst many of the ‘budding entrepreneurs’ that have entered the Dragons Den over the past five years have only succeeded in winning the dragons’ distain, an equal number have also made a lasting impression on them, winning not only their investment but also their valued advice. A number of the winning ideas featured on the Dragons Den TV show are now making their mark on the business world and we are witnessing the rise of a new business empire, controlled by the Dragons and made stronger by the wide-scale publicity that the show offers.

Perhaps the most successful of all the products featured on Dragons Den UK, however, has been reggae singer Levi’s brand of Jamaican BBQ sauce. Levi has been successfully selling his Reggae Reggae Sauce at the Notting Hill festival for the past fifteen years but with the help of Dragons Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh demand has exploded. Reggae Reggae Sauce can now be found on the shelves of major UK supermarkets.

Despite a shaky start on the show Ray Smith’s Magic Pizza – a device for ensuring that microwave pizzas do not go soggy in the middle – was also snapped up by the Dragons Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis, much to the delight of the thousands of pizza fans across the UK. Ray Smith has since been added to the gallery of Dragons Den success stories with his innovative product selling to single men, students and busy mums up and down the country. Other Dragons Den success stories include the i-teddy, the Cuddledry range of baby and toddler towels, the Concentrate range of school and college accessories and many more.

One of the most famous products from the Dragons Den are Trunki suitcases – colourful ride-on suitcases for kids, which was unsuccessful in securing funding from the dragons but has since gone on to become a great success story.

Ice Blading boots were a successful product pitch in which Theo Phaphitis invested. He loved the idea of these sohphisticated inline skates which allowed you to move like an ice skater but without the ice. They are being launched in 2009 so we are looking forward to see how successful this Dragon’s Den Product is.

With such successful deals being made right on our TV screens it is clear that Dragon’s Den is more than just another BBC reality show. It is helping to shape the business landscape of the UK and giving us an opportunity to see how the big boys play. For those of us with an idea to pitch and the guts to go up against the Dragons, this BBC2 TV show is also an opportunity to make it big by winning the interests of both the Dragons and the nation.