Thanks for another year of kick ass podcasts. Simply the best collection of broad ranged guests centered around a common sense trading and trend following theme. Even in the instances when the subject matter touches on an unrelated topic, the engaged interview is consistently interesting and thought provoking. I listen to and enjoy them all.
George Anders is a New York Times best selling author and journalist who has written for national publications spanning over 30 years. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1997, while at The Wall Street Journal. Michael is a huge fan of George’s classic, “Merchants of Debt” published in 1992. His most recent work is “You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education.”
“You Can Do Anything” shows how humanizing technology has become one of the fastest growing jobs. 6% of technology jobs are programmer based with the other 94% being human relations based. Social media, branding, psychology, etc.–they have nothing to do with coding but are just as essential to running a successful technology based company. George gives one example of an exceptional sales person he met who happened to be an English major. He sat beside her and witnessed first hand why she was so exceptional at selling – it was how she talked to people and fostered relationships with customers over the phone. You don’t need a business degree to sell. You just need an intuitive social way of talking with people and making your customer feel comfortable. Building a successful company takes a combination of tech savvy and psychology.
Having the confidence and audacity to take a risk and reach out to some of the highest achievers in a field of your interest could be your greatest chance at a dream job. To be the best you learn from the best and you won’t get very far if you are shy about it. George also stresses that no matter what your major was in college (or if you even went to college), it is important to know that you can go in any direction with a career path. Michael and George end the podcast talking about climbing Mt. Fuji. George describes the gorgeous landscape, scenery, and a mistake he made that anyone following in his footsteps should avoid.
Thought I would tell you how I first heard about you. Trend Following and a mention of your book came up in Steve Blumenthal’s weekly e-newsletter “On My Radar” 2-3 years ago. I read your book and tucked it away in my head. I heard you on a Meb Faber podcast last year, then started listening to your podcast. I really enjoy your questions and your willingness to dig deeper.
So here I am. See, the indirect marketing really does work [for Flagship]!
Happy new year and please enjoy my all day 11-hour compilation covering 3 of my favorite guests. A timeless reminder to start 2018 the right way! And if you don’t want to listen all the way through then enjoy my opening intro rant!
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