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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