Learn from history's greatest entrepreneurs. Every week I read a biography of an entrepreneur and find ideas you can use in your work. This quote explains why: "There are thousands of years of history in which lots and lots of very smart people worked very hard and ran all types of experiments on how to create new businesses, invent new technology, new ways to manage etc. They ran these experiments throughout their entire lives. At some point, somebody put these lessons down in a book. For very little money and a few hours of time, you can learn from someone’s accumulated experience. There is so much more to learn from the past than we often realize. You could productively spend your time reading experiences of great people who have come before and you learn every time." —Marc Andreessen
#194 Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures
What I learned from reading Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 by Nicholas Reynolds.
#146 Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams
What I learned from reading Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams by Michael D'Antonio.
#193 Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Education of a Bodybuilder
What I learned from reading Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
#192 The Untold Story of UPS and Founder Jim Casey
What I learned from reading Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS by Greg Niemann.
#144 Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
What I learned from reading Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.
#191 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness
What I learned from reading The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness by Naval Ravikant and Eric Jorgenson.
The best entrepreneurial podcast
I have listened to many podcasts on entrepreneurship (HIBT, Masters of Scale, etc.) and find Founders to be consistently more helpful than any other entrepreneurship podcast. David is a craftsperson, he carefully reads biographies of founders, distills the most important anecdotes and themes from their life, and draws commonalities across lives. David’s focus is rightfully not on teaching you a formula to succeed but on constantly pushing you to think different.
Listen and Make Yourself Better
Founders podcast is now in my podcast rotation. It’s a short list. I wish I wasn’t because my life would be easier but I’m really picky with what I listen to. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that David gets right into it. There’s no catchy music, NO ADS. He gets straight to the point without trying to sell you on why you should keep listening - the content does that on its own. For me the value of a podcast lies in how much I can take away from it. Founders is now a member of my notes page. I love being able to actively listen to something and have to hit pause, rewind and play again and again until I’ve recorded the quote or lesson I just heard to make sure I don’t forget it. Thanks David, keep kicking butt and churning out great life/business advice.
Make Major Shifts
Listening to the stories of founders such powerful insight to help anyone learn quickly. This format is the best out there and I’d recommend this to anyone.