Bill Rancic

Bill Rancic
"You're Hired"

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
December 10, 2004

Q. Who is Bill Rancic?

A. I'm just an average guy who suddenly realized what I wanted and what I didn't want in life, and then I went after my goals. Along the way, a curveball call from my mother changed everything, and I ended up on TV.

Q. When did you decide to write a book about your working experiences?

A. I've always thought about putting my ideas down on paper, but I never had the platform. Once I won the first season of 'The Apprentice', it was just a natural thing because like I've said all along, I'm not a Harvard MBA and I'm not some rich kid with a trust fund. I'm just someone that went after his goals and learned along the way, and that's the kind of advice I couldn't find in other books.

Q. How did you come about your story idea for "You're Hired"?

A. It wasn't really a story idea. It was an organic process. I worked with a writer and I told him my goal for this book was to show people that you don't have to be some superman to accomplish your dreams, and then we just took examples from my life and wrote about them.

Q. How did you come about the title?

A. Those words "You're Hired" seemed appropriate because they changed my life.

Q. How has been the winner of The Apprentice impacted your life?

A. Tremendously. I've met amazing people, I'm learning more every day than I ever thought possible, and now I can give back to the community in a way that was simply impossible before, through charity events, speaking engagements, and obviously through the book.

Q. Is it your desires to continue working for Donald Trump after your Apprentice contact?

A. I think the purpose of being an apprentice is to learn everything you can and move on. I am an entrepreneur and I hope to take what I have learned to build my own empire.

Q. What are your plans for the future?

A. Honestly, I've been so busy working on this Chicago building with Donald Trump that I haven't even had a chance to think about the future. For me, it's all about doing the best job right now.

Q. Do you have plan to publish another book?

A. I'd love to, if the right idea crossed my desk, or I felt like I had something more to say.

Q. What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

A. Follow your instincts, don't be afraid to take risks, and always know that setbacks are a constant in life, but if you keep your goal in mind and trudge forward, you'll work through them, break through the other side, and succeed.