What is the one missing piece of [tag-tec]business success[/tag-tec] many leaders would like to keep to themselves?
Their personal libraries, according to an article by Harriet Rubin of The New York Times.
Most of today’s top capitalists and entrepreneurs have large collections of books discretely hidden from prying eyes.
Michael Moritz, who helped take Google, YouTube, Yahoo and PayPal public is one who collects old books. And that’s not unusual.
Many of the business elite read books long forgotten and dismissed by today’s trendy and glitzy media.
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Dee Hock, founder of Visa and named the father of the credit card, considers Omar Khayyam’s “Rubaiyat” one of his favorites.
Shelly Lazarus, the chairwoman and chief executive of Ogilvy & Mather bought a house mainly because of the empty library shelves. Now several years later, she has completely filled them up and needs to expand the space.
And is it a surprise most of these big personal libraries are hidden?
Not when you consider these brilliant minds could be just a tad bit on the defensive. They don’t want others to discover their secrets.
Now those of us who have harbored our own secret libraries for years can feel somewhat vindicated.
(And most people thought the reason I’ve kept my large library under wraps was because I really didn’t want to lend out my books).
Here’s where real estate [tag-self]investing[/tag-self] comes in.
We all need good reading materials.
Please, let me repeat that. We all need good reading materials.
This is ignored by so many new investors almost to the point of weeping.
Make it a point to start your good book nutrition today. Go out and find the classic real estate books, written by the masters. Tyler Hicks is one such investing genius who comes to my mind.
And yes, you’ll probably be fishing around in used bookstores rather than the sleek seminars and fast-paced late night info-commercials. Will that be so bad?
It will certainly be cheaper.
Get your advice and information from solid sources, not the fly-by night gurus who charge you thousands of dollars for fluff.
We’ll cover recommended books in later posts.
Meanwhile go out and get a good Tyler Hicks book to read on your vacation.