How often do you feel like you spend the majority of your day doing something you love? For John Lee Dumas, that’s the goal – teaching strategies and delivering inspiration you need to pave the path to entrepreneurial freedom. After all, isn’t it about time you live the life you dream about while you’re doing the daily stuff you hate?
If you’ve been anywhere near a bookstore the past few years, chances are you’ve encountered two of Tucker Max’s bestselling books – I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Assholes Finish First. They chronicle his wild exploits during his twenties and have sold a staggering 2 million copies combined.
A writer by trade, Tucker is now playing the startup game. His company, Book in a Box, turns ideas into books and is based on a streamlined book creation process that avoids the traditional, painful process of writing and publishing. He started Book in a Box in 2014, and took the role of CEO, just like most founders do. Business was booming, but the company was failing to scale, and Tucker realized he should let someone else lead, and fired himself as CEO.
Tucker is an inspirational figure for his successes, sure – but he’s also failed a lot. We learn more about what’s he learned from career missteps and totally transforming his life in the interview ahead.
Welcome to The Productivity Giants Series 2!
In case you missed it, this series includes interviews with some of the top leaders in the tech industry and beyond, and we’re continuing on with a new batch of inspiring people. We hope you’ll be inspired by their productivity wisdom, as well as their fascinating career learnings thus far. Catch up on Series 1 here.
First up in this new season is Jon Levy!
Want to be the best version of yourself in 2018, in both work and life? If reading is on your list of self-improvement habits to adopt this year, check out these highly recommended titles.
The most successful people typically are creative thinkers, work smart, practice healthy habits each day, and often read for the purpose of learning and self-betterment. If you’re looking for book recommendations that are sure to sharpen your mind, take some suggestions from 16 of our #ProductivityGiants who turn to these titles for motivation and inspiration.
This week on the #ProductivityGiants series we’re featuring Adam Braun – a New York Times best-selling author and CEO and Co-Founder of MissionU, a 21st century college alternative that allows students to graduate debt-free. MissionU also prepares them with the skills needed for today’s most in-demand jobs, partnering with top companies such as Spotify, Lyft, Uber, Warby Parker and more. The first cohort received nearly 5,000 applicants for the first 25 spots and they’ll be expanding significantly to meet demand in 2018. Prior to MissionU, Adam founded and led Pencils of Promise, an award-winning global nonprofit that has built 400+ schools across the world and raised more than $45M.
Noah Kagan is a pretty busy guy – he runs two successful web companies at the same time. Residing in Austin, Texas, Noah is the Chief Sumo at Sumo.com and AppSumo.com. Both startups are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs kick more ass by providing them with deals on productivity products and the best web traffic tools out there. Before becoming a founder, Noah worked at Intel, and was employee #30 at Facebook and #4 at Mint.
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Are you caught up on our #ProductivityGiants series so far? If not, be sure to check out our interviews with Camille Ricketts, Head of Content at First Round Capital, Brad Feld, Partner at Foundry Group, Nir Eyal, author of Hooked, Eric Paley, Partner at Founder Collective, Dharmesh Shah, CTO of Hubspot, James Clear, Author & Entrepreneur, Nilofer Merchant, Author & Speaker, and Derek Flanzraich, Founder of Greatist.
Eric Bandholz’s signature line is “Keep on Growing!” Fitting words for the founder of one of the most popular online stores to sell beard products today. Beardbrand, Eric’s beard grooming empire, caters to beard owners and aficionados everywhere and fosters style for the urban beardsmen.