The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Written by:
Robert Iger
Narrated by:
Robert Iger , Jim Frangione

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2019
8 hours 45 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A memoir of leadership and success: The CEO of Disney shares the ideas and values he embraced while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved companies and inspiring the people who bring the magic to life.


Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history. His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger—think global—and turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets.

Today, Disney is the largest, most admired media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Under Iger’s leadership, Disney’s value grew nearly five times what it was, making Iger one of the most innovating and successful CEOs of our era.

In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger answers the question: What are the qualities of a good leader? He shares the lessons he learned while running Disney and leading its 220,000-plus employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:

• Optimism. Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.
• Courage. Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity.
• Decisiveness. All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.
• Fairness. Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them.

This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology.
“The ideas in this book strike me as universal,” Iger writes. “Not just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently themselves, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.”
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Excellent book, many valuable lessons and great stories. I really enjoyed the audio version. I only wish Bob Iger had recorded the whole thing. Highly recommended,

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I appreciate the honesty. But I feel like it was surface

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Good story telling, interesting events, big ego reflecting self credit for all successes, limited mention of the team

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Well written, incisive, and fascinating, Bob Iger’s “The Ride of a Lifetime” teaches valuable lessons that extend far beyond the boundaries of Disney and the entertainment business. I would recommend this book to anyone currently employed in or interested in pursuing a management career who wants not only actionable knowledge of how to bring out the best in people, but a great story that illuminates the admirable qualities of its author—as well as his shortfalls and past mistakes—with honesty, authenticity, and wisdom.

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Paul J.

Excellent story, well done, enjoyed his leadership journey

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Karen J.

Super enjoyable book!!!

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Frankie F.

Amazing book

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Patricia D.

I love Disney and my family and I have visited nine times but I also love biographies of this kind. super worth reading and I would suggest this for anybody who is interested in how people made it to the top very well written and wonderfully read

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Christine A.

By far, one of the most fascinating books I have “read”.

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Overall this is a great book. However, as a female business leader I would say this book speaks to the trajectory of men and men only. I appreciate his experience is his and for that reason, this is an autobiography with crumbs of leadership/business tips and not much more than that.

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Judy W.

What a wonderful book! I wish I had read this book early in my career. It was so inspiring. Lesson in business and lessons for life.

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Andrew S.

Great lessons with an incredible history of the inner workings of Disney.

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Mauricio Velez

An inspiration from a game changer in such a thrilling industry!

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Peter A.

I love learning the from experienced leaders and getting behind the curtain. I thought this book was excellent. to hear about some of the challenges and specifics of some of the larger transactions was very helpful to me.

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James S.

It’s an enjoyable read for the Entertainment fan all of us.

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