What Jerry Weintraub Taught Me

I love to read. I’ve always had the philosophy of, “if you stop learning, you start failing.”

And reading is one of the best ways to learn on a continuing basis. I occasionally read fiction books to escape my everyday stresses and get that good ‘ol imagination going, but business books are my main go-to for knowledge enhancement. In the sub-category of business books, I genuinely love reading autobiographies/biographies of entrepreneurs, business people, and entertainers. 

I find it is where you can find more useful insights from a practical standpoint that just the basics taught in general business books. 

Biographies contain true insights from individuals that can easily be applied to your life.  Normally when I read these biographies, I take down notes of things I want to remember and see how I can start implementing those thoughts in my mindset. 

So, with that being said, here are things Jerry Weintraub taught me in his book When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead.  PS – if you haven’t read this book, go buy it now!

People will always pay for an easier life.

– Always take time to make the pitch and sell people. Personal service is the name of the game.

– Never get paid once for doing something twice. 

– Life is all about your network — Who can open the door for you literally and metaphorically.

– Persistence is key. Don’t stop at your first rejection. Keep going until you bust the door down.

– Breakthroughs come in the end, so don’t quit!

– Be able to adapt to different cultures. 

– Let people think you are a citizen of their world. 

– Know what skills you have and use them!

– Life is too short to spend in the company of morons. 

– Only work with the best.​​

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think those are 12 fucking brilliant pearls of wisdom everyone can use, no matter what business you are in. 

What do you think? 



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