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
#287 The Founder of Rolls-Royce
What I learned from rereading Rolls-Royce: The Magic of a Name: The First Forty Years of Britain s Most Prestigious Company by Peter Pugh.
#286 Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger speaking directly to you
What I learned from reading All I Want To Know Is Where I'm Going To Die So I'll Never Go There: Buffett & Munger – A Study in Simplicity and Uncommon, Common Sense by Peter Bevelin.
#285 How Jay Gould Built Wall Street's Biggest Fortune
What I learned from reading American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street's Biggest Fortune by Greg Steinmetz.
#284 Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America
What I learned from rereading Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America by Les Standiford.
#283 Andrew Carnegie
What I learned from rereading The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie.
#282 Jeff Bezos Shareholder Letters
What I learned from rereading Jeff Bezos' Shareholder Letters (for the 3rd time!)
One of the best
I’ve wanted to read biographies for years and never got to it. This is an amazing opportunity to get a good overview of so many notable lives.
I have learned so much since I started listening. Addicted now. Listening every day now.
Luckiest moment of my life
Hands down, unequivocally, one of the luckiest moments of my life, was the day I started listening to this podcast.
My only regret in regards to it, is that there was a months long period between the first time I heard this show get mentioned, and the first time I actually clicked play. But thankfully, eventually, I did.
Founders is incredible.
I have hundreds of conversations ahead of me, and I hope by the time I get through them, there are hundreds more.