Two entrepreneurs that I greatly admire, respect and have learned a wealth of real world entrepreneurial knowledge from that a college education doesn't even tiptoe near have recently crossed paths via a blog post from one about the other.
Tim Ferriss, best known for his book "The 4-Hour Work Week" (it's actually a guide to better optimizing your business plan/strategy with many helpful tools, tips and advice than guide to get rich and be lazy as some would claim), wrote a blog post about a blog post from Derek Sivers, best known for creating and building CD Baby to help independent musicians sell CDs online (he eventually sold CD Baby for $22Million in an unusual but widely respected mannor, by signing the company over to a Trust Fund just before selling it. The notable part of this story: the terms of the Trust lock in a 5% annual payment to Derek, when he passes away 100% of the remaining fortune will go to music education through various music foundations).
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to both individuals, as learning from their example through their separate by both insanely valuable blogs has been a great help in my life and career and I know it can help you too.
Read Tim's Blog Post about Derek, click here.
To summarize: Tim highlights a blog post of Derek Sivers about the "Best Email I Ever Wrote" which was a from letter sent to verify every CD purchase from CD Baby done in a style that showcases the fun/creative/against the standars style of Derek. I personally remember receiving this email long ago when I purchased a CD from the site and while it is a little thing, it stuck with me and I appreciated the unique nature of the message much more than any other standard "Thanks for the purchase" email.
Dig a little further with Tim Ferriss through his blog posts, click here.
Tim is very particular about his blog posts as he aims to only ad value to the community he is building around his personal brand. Really insightful/useful information.
Dig a little further with Derek Sivers though his blog posts, click here.
It may look like an empty list of blog titles, but I promise each one is a golden nugget of lessons learned from years of entrepreneurial experience. Take the time to read a few to get a sense for his style and you will be glad you did and it will be time well spent.
If you take the time to read through some of their content, please comment below with some notable posts/ideas that stood out to you. I would love to open a discussion around any of their blog topics as I have read almost every one. Enjoy.