Friday, February 3, 2012

Learning from Others Like Jeff Bezos

Do you learn from your mistakes? If you do, that's great, but you could go a step further and also learn from the mistakes of others. As Louis Safian said, "We should all learn from the mistakes of others ... we don't live long enough to make them all ourselves".

Fortunately, it's not only from the mistakes of others that we learn, but from the other things they do as well.

Recently I read One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of
by Richard Brandt which is a story about Jeff Bezos and how he turned from a dream into a multi-billion dollar business. There is a number of reviews at with various views about whether it was or wasn't a biography and a couple at least state that it wasn't sufficiently in depth. I don't care about the reviews, the point I make is that reading what successful people do and how they become successful is what we, the readers, want to know.

Learning from others is working smarter. Anyone who wants to be excellent at an occupation or in a business pursuit will do themselves a favour if they read something about the high achievers and entrepreneurs who have or are gracing the face of the earth. There are plenty out there, some no doubt in your field of interest. Find them and learn from them. Remember, even if you had time, you wouldn't want to make all the mistakes possible.

Do you have any fans or exemplars you follow in your life? Great sporting heroes, particle physicists, scientists, or environmentalists. Share your story with us.



  1. I love the quote from Safian. He also said, "Death and taxes are with us always, but death doesn't get any worse".

    I'll have to get this book Bezos seems to be a genius. Thanks for a great article.

  2. Thanks for your comments Wendy. I highly recommend the book as a good read.

  3. One of my heroes is Brad Callen, SEO expert extrodinaire.


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