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读完这11本书,胜过拿一个MBA

Sam Parr 2019年05月12日

如何不读MBA,也能学到成为社会精英所需要的知识呢?

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我不想责怪那些一心想去读MBA的人。虽说好多人幻想着拿了MBA学位后,下一步就能当高管、娶白富美、走上人生巅峰,但这毕竟也不是他们的错。

不过,我们其实都知道(而且高盛公司也同意这一观点),花10万多美元接受一段无用的教育,甚至让自己背10年的债,对于95%的人都是错误的选择。

那么,如何不读MBA,也能学到成为社会精英所需要的知识呢?

答案无非“读书”二字。这当然是个大而化之的答案。书有成百上千万本,每个领域的著述都成千上万。尤其关于商业的书更是汗牛充栋,理论上来说,你就算读一辈子也读不完。而本文的目的就是要解决这个问题。

找到第一资源

《财富》的一名记者曾问过Airbnb的CEO布莱恩·切斯基,在管理这家3000多人的大公司之前,他对管理学了解多少。切斯基的回答大意是,说是一无所知也不为过。

但是切斯基还是把Airbnb管理得很好,他是怎样做到的?

切斯基并不奢望成为一个特定领域的专家,他发现,更有效率的方法,是找到这一领域的最佳资源,然后直接去找那个人。“只要你找对了资源,你就可以快速前进了。”他说。

既然商学学位纯属浪费时间,那么进行商学教育的最佳方法,自然就是读书了。

读完以下这11本书,你就完全没必要去读MBA了。

《石油大王洛克菲勒传》,作者:罗恩·切诺,所有对商业感兴趣的人必读

我曾经读到过一句话,说你的水平,大致相当于与你相处时间最久的五个人的平均水平。如果这是真的(我相信这是真的),那么阅读名人传记,就相当于每晚花几个小时和那些伟大的人物相处了。

传记能以一种奇特的方式改变你的行为。当你每天晚上都花一两个小时向你的偶像学习时,你会发现,你渐渐开始接受他们的习惯。这种感觉很奇怪,但这是真的。一本好的传记,会让你的职业生涯走上快车道,因为你可以从他们犯过的错误中学到教训,避免自己走弯路。一本好的传记,可以让你少奋斗几十年。

而且当你知道你想做的事已经有前人做到过时,你的商业生涯就会变得容易得多。

每个对商业感兴趣的人,都应该读一读约翰·洛克菲勒的传记。他不仅是史上最富有的人,也是一个顾家的男人,一个勤勉自律的工作者,他非常自信,但又保持谦逊。他白手起家创建了标准石油公司,它也是全球历史上最大的公司之一。美国之所以立法反对垄断,与洛克菲勒的极度成功有直接关系。

但与其他资本家不同,洛克菲勒的善良和慷慨是出了名的。芝加哥大学就是由洛克菲勒出资创办的,他还曾向斯佩尔曼学院捐过款。

《时代》杂志和《纽约时报》都将《石油大王洛克菲勒传》列为美国有史以来最伟大的传记之一,我认为它也是有史以来最伟大的书籍之一。

我认为对于成功来说,没有其他任何一种品质比坚持更重要。它能战胜几乎一切,甚至是大自然。——约翰·洛克菲勒。《石油大王洛克菲勒传》

《权力的48条法则》,作者:罗伯特·格林,教你如何应对商业世界的风波险恶

自古商场如战场。商战与真正的战争一样,其输赢经常取决于人心。一个伟大的领导者可以控制他的敌人、他的团队甚至是他自己的态度。如果策略运用得当,甚至可以不战而屈人之兵。

《权力的48条法则》基本上改编自《孙子兵法》(另一本伟大的著作)。区别是《权力的48条法则》更具可读性,并且引用了很多历史故事作为注解。《孙子兵法》读起来给人佶屈聱牙之感,但《权力的48条法则》却非常引人入胜。本书用400多页的篇幅,教你如何一步步爬上社会权力的阶梯,并且用了历史事例来佐证自己的观点。

在一个人的一生中,要想获得长久的幸福,你最好遵循摩西、耶稣或佛陀的教诲。然而悲哀的事实是,很多人的人生遵循着一套非常不同的准则,他们中的大多数人最终走向了自我毁灭,但在这个过程中,他们也会对我们的个人和职业生活造成严重的损害。

《权力的48条法则》一书则能让你了解这些人是如何思考的。——亚马逊书评

《影响力:说服心理学》,作者:罗伯特·恰尔迪尼,让别人买你卖的东西

了解什么东西能激励人、说服人,是一门很重要的学问——不仅对生意,对生活也是如此。围绕这个主题的书有成千上万本,其中大多数都是垃圾。因此,关于销售的书,我只推荐一本,那就是罗伯特·恰尔迪尼的这本《影响力》。

1984年以后的任何一本关于说服力或者人类行为的书,基本上都引用过这本书里的内容至少一次。《影响力》是心理学的一本经典著作,它解释了人何以会被别人说服,并且告诉你怎样将这些理论应用在实践中。这本书一半讲战术,一半讲战略,既实用又易于理解。

《影响力》一书是恰尔迪尼在电话营销公司、汽车经销店和融资机构做了三年的卧底调研后才写成的。美国的每一所商学院几乎都会学到这本书,足以证明其重要性。

羞耻心是一个要打倒的恶人。——罗伯特·恰尔迪尼《影响力》

《巴菲特致股东的信》,作者:沃伦·巴菲特,教你如何好好说话

对领导者而言,强有力的沟通技巧,尤其是书面表达能力,算得上是最重要的技能了。现代人的沟通方式,离不开短信、社交软件、电子邮件和博客。我们的整个职业生涯基本上都是在键盘上度过的。

乍一看去,这本书出现在推荐榜单里似乎有些突兀。不过在我看来,巴菲特是这个世界上最擅于沟通的人之一。一个优秀的沟通者的标志,就是能够以简单但却吸引人的方式,向别人解释复杂的概念。而巴菲特将这两点做得都很好。

从1977年开始,巴菲特每年都会向伯克希尔哈撒韦公司的股东写一封信。在这些信中,他用外行也能懂的浅显语言解释了伯克希尔哈撒韦公司的业绩,它对股东的意义,以及下步股东对公司可以有哪些期待。巴菲特非常善用比喻和幽默,并且完美地综合运用对话式和专业的语言,向股东解释了价格上涨、保险浮动、会计准则等无聊的话题。

巴菲特的每封信都可以在伯克希尔哈撒韦公司的网站上免费阅读,但我还是建议你花几块钱购买一本纸质书来读。

现在我要告诉你们,进入21世纪,我们进入了制砖、地毯、绝缘材料和涂料等尖端产业。请控制一下你的兴奋。——2001年巴菲特致股东的信的开场白

《一个广告人的自白》,作者:大卫·奥格威,教你如何让事物看起来性感

大卫·奥格威是奥美(全球最大传媒集团之一)的创始人,广告界的宗师级人物。虽然讲广告的好书也有几十本,但在我看来,其中最优秀的,还是这本《一个广告人的自白》。

奥格威的另一本书《奥格威谈广告》的知名度或许更高一些,但其中的大部分内容在《一个广告人的自白》中已有提及。而且《自白》中还讲述了很多其他知识,比如与客户/代理的关系、如何发展业务等。

“你今天在电视上看到的很多糟糕的广告,都是委员会的产物。委员会可以批评广告,但决不应该允许他们制作广告。”——大卫·奥格威

《政敌团队:林肯的政治智慧》,作者:桃乐丝·卡恩斯·古德温,学习美国最伟大总统的政治智慧

林肯是一个管理天才。在1860年的总统大选中,林肯所在的共和党本处于一片混乱。由于没有明确的领导人,党内无法就关键问题达成一致,而整个国家也同样处于混乱之中。为了团结全党全国的力量,林肯说服他的竞争对手加入了他的内阁。结果呢?原本一群互相憎恨的乌合之众齐心协力,成功带领国家度过了最艰难的时期。

读完本书最大的收获,是学会了如何应对不同类型的人——很少有人曾花时间去掌握这门技能。林肯有一种神奇的组织能力,而这本书则告诉你可以如何复制林肯的这种技能。

该领域的第二名是《高产出管理》(它也是Airbnb的CEO布莱恩·切斯基最喜欢的一本书)。这本书更技术性,不过也枯燥得多。

这是一个讲述林肯的政治智慧的故事,从中可以看出林肯卓越的个人品质,这使他可以与以前反对他的人建立友谊;修复别人受伤的感情(别人感情受到伤害时,如果不加注意,很可能会升级为永久的敌意);为下属的失误承担责任;轻松获得别人的信任;并且从犯过的错误中学到教训。——桃乐丝·卡恩斯·古德温《政敌团队:林肯的政治智慧》

《聪明的投资者》,作者:本杰明·各拉汉姆,来自巴菲特的老师的投资智慧

当被问到对投资感兴趣的人应该读什么书时,巴菲特答道:“60多年来,《聪明的投资者》的第8章和第20章,一直指导着我的投资行为。我建议所有投资者都阅读这些章节,并且在每次市场特别强劲或疲软时都重读一遍。”

我虽然不是巴菲特,但我还是建议读者将这本书通读一遍。《聪明的投资者》中的投资策略适合任何一个投资者,而且它也讲到了控制情绪对投资的重要性——有一颗强大的心脏,才是玩投资最重要的技能。

本书最新版的内容已较初版有所更新,包含了更加现代化的投资技术和操作方法。

聪明的投资者是一个现实主义者,他向乐观主义者卖出股票,从悲观主义者那里买进——本·格拉汉姆

《国富论》,作者:亚当·斯密,经济学原理虽然乏味,但还是要懂的

我并不喜欢经济学方面的书,因为我觉得它们很枯燥无趣,但它们确实也很重要。亚当·斯密的《国富论》应该是你了解经济学原理的第一资源。

《国富论》主要关注古典经济学,但它也是当代经济学理论的开山之作,每个生意人都应该读一读。搞商业的人没读过《国富论》,就好比研究《圣经》的学者不知道《出埃及记》。

每个个体出于改善自身条件的努力是十分强大的,光靠它自己,就算没有任何外力协助,也能带动社会走向富裕和繁荣,并且足以超越愚蠢的人类法律所制造的上百个拖累其运作的阻碍。——亚当·斯密

《广告周刊文案手册》,作者:约瑟夫·舒格曼,写作是最被低估的技能

文案写作,是一个从事商业活动的人所能具备的最有价值的技能,没有之一。我知道这话听起来有些武断,但它是确凿无疑的。听到“文案”二字,你首先想到的肯定是怎样写吸引人的广告词。但我说的并非这个意思。

文案写作,是指将你对一个产品、一种服务、一个创意的知识转化在纸面上,以求将它卖出去的过程。你要了解你的受众需要什么、想要什么,哪些东西能激励他们,哪些东西能刺激他们的情绪。

说到文案写作,《广告周刊文案手册》可以说是这门手艺的黄金标准。作者约瑟夫·舒格曼是一位著名的邮件营销专家。在互联网出现之前,邮件营销人员主要通过写信打动潜在客户。要想通过一张纸上的廖廖数语,说服陌生人寄来支票,购买一个他们从来没见过的产品,显然是一项高难度的工作。而舒格曼则是这个行业的佼佼者。

尽管《广告周刊文案手册》有些技术性,但它也是一本非常简单有趣的读物,他能教会你如保创作让人们产生阅读欲望的文案。

要让你的读者感到必须要读你的文章,让他们不看到最后不罢休,就好比他们从雪坡上往下滑一样,产生中间停不下来的感觉。——约瑟夫·舒格曼《广告周刊文案手册》

《人性的弱点》,作者:戴尔·卡耐基,有史以来最畅销的书籍之一

好多人之所以想读MBA,是看中了它所带来的人脉资源。不过大多数人其实并不擅长经营人脉,他们不知道怎样跟人交流,怎样表达对别人的兴趣,或者怎样讨别人喜欢。这就是为什么《人性的弱点》应该是一本必读书目。

如果你从未听说过这本书,倒是会令我感到很惊讶。自从卡耐基1936年出版这本经典著作以来,它已经成为有史以来最畅销的非小说类书籍之一。基本上每位杰出的商业领袖都能引用几句《人性的弱点》中的名言。多数大学也会在课程中讲到这本书。商业圈子里的人如果连《人性的弱点》都不知道,也就不用在这个圈儿里混了。

你爷爷奶奶读过这本书,你爸爸妈妈也读过这本书,现在该轮到你了。

你可以通过对别人感兴趣,在两个月内交到更多朋友;或者通过让别人对你感兴趣,在两年里交到更多朋友。——戴尔·卡内基《人性的弱点》

《大师之路》(Mastery),作者:罗伯特·格林,自我发展最重要但常常被忽视

没有方向的人生是毫无意义的。一味追逐金钱的人生同样毫无意义,除非你知道自己为什么要这么做。然而不幸的是,大多数人,尤其是对金钱如饥似渴的A型商人,从来没有问过自己为什么要赚钱,为什么要经营企业。《大师之路》一书则能帮你找到答案。

我有意把罗伯特·格林的两本书列在这份榜单上。格林的书是我读过的商学著作中研究得最广泛和深入的,每一句话都充满了实用的信息。我认为格林更像一位历史学家,而不是一名作家。

在本书中,格林分析了莫扎特、爱因斯坦、达尔文等大师的成功之路,告诉我们如何能够成为一名领袖,以及这些大师是怎样找到自己的使命的。

未来属于那些学习更多技能,并将其创造性地结合起来的人。——罗伯特·格林,《大师之路》

心得体会

如果你读过这些书,并掌握了其中的内容,我相信,你的知识水平将超过99%的MBA毕业生。假设你一个月读一本书,你只需要花200美元和11个月的时间,就能学到其他人花几十万美元和两年时间才能学到的内容。

抑或就像电影《心灵捕手》里的威尔所说的那样:

“像你这样的人,最可悲的就是,50年后你会开始反思一些事,然后你会发现,生活中有两件确凿无疑的事:第一,不要那样做;第二,你竟然在一项该死的教育上花了15万美元,而那些东西花1.5美金在公共图书馆里就能学到!”

那么,现在就阅读起来吧!(财富中文网)

译者:朴成奎

I don’t blame people for wanting to get an MBA. It’s not their fault they’ve been duped into believing it’s the best way to further their career in business.

But, as we all know, (and Goldman Sachs agrees) spending over $100,000 for a useless education—and putting yourself in debt for the next 10 years—is the wrong move for 95% of people.

So how are you supposed to learn what you need to get ahead?

Books. Now, I know that’s an ambiguous answer. There are millions of books. Thousands on every topic. You could spend your entire life reading books on business. I’m here to solve that problem.

Go to the first source

When a reporter from Fortune asked Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky what he knew about management prior to running his 3,000 person organization, Chesky responded with, “It’s kind of like, what did I know?”

But somehow Chesky figured it out. How did he do it?

Rather than trying to learn everything about a particular topic, Chesky found it was more efficient to research and identify the single best source in that field. He then went straight to that person. “If you pick the right source, you can fast-forward,” he said.

And since a business degree is a pointless waste of time, the best way to educate yourself on business is by reading books.

Here’s a list of the 11 books you should read in lieu of getting a business degree.

Titan: The life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow: A must read for anyone interested in business

I once read that you’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with. If that’s true (which I believe it is), then reading biographies is like spending a few hours a night with the great ones.

Biographies have a strange way of changing your behavior. When you spend an hour or two a night learning from your heroes you notice that you start to adopt their habits. It’s strange, I know, but it’s true. A good biography will fast forward your career because of the time you’ll save learning from the subject’s mistakes rather than making them on your own. A great biography will save you decades.

Plus, your business career will be significantly easier when you know that whatever you want to accomplish has already been done.

Everyone interested in business should read John D. Rockefeller’s biography. Aside from being the richest person in history, Rockefeller was a loyal family man, a disciplined worker, and incredibly confident but humble. He built Standard Oil, one of the largest companies the world had ever seen, from scratch. Rockefeller is the reason monopolies in America are illegal.

But unlike other business magnates, Rockefeller was famously kind and generous (he funded the University of Chicago and donated to Spelman College).

Time Magazine and The New York Times list Titan as one of the greatest biographies ever written, and I think it’s one of the greatest books of all time.

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.—John D. Rockefeller, “Titan”

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene: How to navigate the corporate world

Business and war are quite similar. But not for the reasons you might think. Business, like war, is often won in people’s minds. A great leader can control the attitudes of his enemies, his team, and himself, and if done correctly, can win a war before it ever starts.

The 48 Laws of Power is basically an adaptation of Sun Tzu’s the Art of War (another great book). The major difference is in The 48 Laws of Power’s readability and it’s use of historical stories. I find the Art of War tough to read, whereas The 48 Laws of Power is a page turner. Greene spends over 400 pages explaining how to climb the social ladder and uses historical examples to make his case.

In one’s life, you’re better off following the teachings of Moses, Jesus, or Buddha to gain long-term happiness. But the sad fact is, many people live by a very different set of rules, and while most of these folks eventually self-destruct, they can inflict severe damage on our personal and professional lives in the process.

48 Rules of Power is a good primer for learning how these people think.—Amazon review of “The 48 Laws of Power”

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini: Getting people to buy what you’re selling

Understanding what motivates people is important — not just in business, but in life. There are thousands of books on this topic but most of them are garbage. That’s why I suggest reading only read Influence by Robert B. Cialdini when it comes to sales.

Practically every book written after 1984 on persuasion or human behavior cites Cialdini’s book at least once. Influence is the classic on the psychology of what makes people say “yes” and helps them apply these learnings. The text is half tactics, half strategy, making it practical and easy to understand.

Influence is based off three years of undercover research Cialdini did at telemarketing firms, car dealerships, and fund-raising organizations. There’s a reason Influence is on nearly every business school curriculum in America.

Embarrassment is a villain to be crushed.—Robert B. Cialdini, “Influence”

Letters to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders by Warren Buffett: How to talk well

Strong communication skills, specifically through the written word, is arguably the most important skill a leader can have. Think about it. Texting, Facebook, email, blogging. We spend our entire professional lives at the keyboard.

On the surface this book seems like a strange recommendation. But here’s the thing—Warren Buffett is one of the greatest communicators I’ve ever read. The mark of a great communicator is their ability to explain complicated concepts in an engaging and simple way. Buffett does both beautifully.

Every year since 1977 Buffett has written a letter to his Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. In these letters he explains, in layman’s terms, Berkshire’s performance, what it means to shareholders, and what they should expect in the future. Buffett uses metaphors, humor, and a perfect combination of conversational and professional language to explain boring topics like price appreciation, insurance floats, and GAAP accounting.

Every letter is available online for free on Berkshire Hathaway’s site but I recommend paying a few bucks and getting a hard copy of the letters.

I will tell you now that we have embraced the 21st century by entering such cutting-edge industries as brick, carpet, insulation and paint. Try to control your excitement.—Opening line in Buffett’s 2001 shareholder letter

Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy: How to make things look sexy

David Ogilvy, founder of Ogilvy and Mather (one of the biggest ad agencies in the world), is the person to learn from when it comes to advertising. While there are dozens of great books on the subject, Confessions of an Advertising Man is, in my opinion, the best of the bunch.

Ogilvy’s other book, Ogilvy on Advertising, is better known, but Confessions of an Ad Man covers most of the stuff mentioned there, plus additional details such as client/agency relationships and how to grow a business.

“Much of the messy advertising you see on television today is the product of committees. Committees can criticize advertisements, but they should never be allowed to create them.”—David Ogilvy

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin: Learn from America’s greatest president

Abe Lincoln was a management genius. In the 1860 presidential election the Republican party (Lincoln’s party) was a mess. There was no clear leader, people couldn’t agree on the issues, and the country was a wreck. To bring the party and country together, Lincoln convinced the candidates running against him to join together to form his cabinet. The result was a ragtag group of men — who previously hated each other — working together to successfully navigate the country through its toughest period.

The biggest takeaway from this book is how to handle different types of people — a skill few people take the time to master. Lincoln had a magic ability to organize people, and Team of Rivals does an amazing job explaining how to replicate his skills.

A runner-up for this category was High Output Management, (Brian Chesky’s favorite book). It is far more technical, but it’s quite dull.

This, then, is a story of Lincoln’s political genius revealed through his extraordinary array of personal qualities that enabled him to form friendships with men who had previously opposed him; to repair injured feelings that, left untended, might have escalated into permanent hostility; to assume responsibility for the failures of subordinates; to share credit with ease; and to learn from mistakes.—Doris Kearns Goodwin, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham: Written by Warren Buffett’s mentor

When asked which book people interested in investing should read, Warren Buffett said, “Chapters 8 and 20 [of The Intelligent Investor] have been the bedrock of my investing activities for more than 60 years. I suggest that all investors read those chapters and reread them every time the market has been especially strong or weak.”

I’m no Buffett, but I’d suggest reading the entire book. The Intelligent Investor covers strategies for any investor, plus the importance of controlling one’s emotions…arguably the most crucial skill needed when playing with the market.

The newer editions have been updated to include modern investment techniques and practices.

The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.—Ben Graham

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith: Economics are dull but necessary

I’m not a fan of books on economics. I find them dull. But they are important. The Wealth of Nations should be your first source when it comes to understanding economics.

While it’s mostly focused on classic economics, it’s a defining book on economic theory that every business person should read. Not reading this text would be like a Bible scholar not knowing about The Exodus.

The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition is so powerful, that it is alone, and without any assistance, not only capable of carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting a hundred impertinent obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often encumbers its operations.—Adam Smith

The Adweek Copywriting Handbook by Joseph Sugarman: Copywriting is the most underrated skill in business

Copywriting is the single most valuable technical skill a business person can have. I know that’s a bold claim, but it’s true. Now, when you hear copywriting you’re mostly likely thinking about creating sexy advertisements. But that’s not what I’m referring to.

Copywriting is your ability to transfer your knowledge of a product, service, or idea onto a sheet of paper for the purpose of selling. Part of the process involves understanding what your audience needs, what they want, what motivates them, and what stirs their emotions.

When it comes to copywriting, The Adweek Copywriting Handbook is the gold standard. The author, Joseph Sugarman, is a famous direct mail marketer. Before the internet was around, direct mail marketers wrote letters to potential customers. Using only a sheet of paper, these marketers had to convince strangers to send a check for a product they had never seen before. And Mr. Sugarman was the best in the business.

While The Adweek Copywriting Handbook can get technical, it’s a very easy and fun read and teaches strategies to get people to read whatever you write.

Your readers should be so compelled to read your copy that they cannot stop reading until they read all of it as if sliding down a slippery slope.—Joseph Sugarman, “The Adweek Copywriting Handbook”

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: One of the best-selling books of all time

A legitimate reason for wanting an MBA is because of the network you’ll build. However, most people are awful networkers. They don’t know how to hold a conversation, show interest in others, or be likable. That’s why How to Win Friends and Influence People is a must read.

I’d be shocked if you’ve never heard of this book before. Carnegie published this classic in 1936. It has since become one of the best-selling nonfiction books of all time. Practically every great business leader can quote a few sentences from How to Win Friends and Influence People. Most universities have this book in the curriculum. And if they don’t then they should lose their accreditation.

Your parents read this book. Their grandparents did too. Now it’s your turn.

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.—Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

Mastery by Robert Greene: Self-development is often ignored but most important

Without direction life is meaningless. Chasing money is utterly useless unless you know why you’re doing it. And unfortunately, most people, especially money hungry type A business folk, never ask themselves why they want to make money or why they want to run a business. Mastery helps you find that answer.

I put two Robert Greene books on this list on purpose. Greene’s books are the most well researched and in depth books I’ve ever read. Every sentence is packed with practical information. I think of Greene as more of a historian than a writer.

In Mastery, Greene explains how to become a leader by examining the pathways to success taken by historical masters such as Mozart, Einstein, and Darwin. He explains how people found their calling.

The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.—Robert Greene, “Mastery”

The takeaway

If you read and master these books, I believe that you’ll know more than 99% of MBA graduates. And, at a book a month, you’ll only spend $200 and 11 months to learn what others pay hundreds of thousands for, over two years.

Or, as Will Hunting beautifully put it:

“See, the sad thing about a guy like you is, in 50 years you’re gonna start doin’ some thinkin’ on your own and you’re going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don’t do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a fuckin’ education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!”

Now go on… read!

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