I wrote a long essay about what I learned from Reid Hoffman over the past 4.5 years.
I also describe some of what I did from 2012 to 2014 — a behind-the-scenes role I haven’t written about until now.
You can read the full essay here.
Ben, I just finished reading your thoughtful essay. Thank you for sharing and publishing these important life lessons from your relationship with Reid Hoffman. My favorites are #13 and #14.
I enjoyed these most because I’m still learning what’s the most productive way to convey truth to power. Upon reflection, it’s probably some combination of #6 and #4. I find it an ongoing learning process.
I learned #14 early when I started my business career in pharmaceutical sales. I started from ground zero in my relationship building. Awareness (or my lack of it) made or broke my business outcomes for years. Sometimes, I thought they belonged to a secret society because they’d magically open doors to their counterparts in other cities or hospitals — I kid you not 🙂
This is an essay that has been years in the making! I posted my thoughts and reactions to my own blog here:
Of course, I think there could be an entire book written on the concept of “alphaness” and its uses. We’ll have to get to that sometime.
the answer to
“The save/savor dilemma is one he’s still figuring out and probably always will be”
for Reid to be present in consciousness in every moment.
There is a poetry book by a Jewish mystic i want to send you,
from around twenty years ago,
it is as profound as the poetry of the Persian mystic Rumi.
it is for you Ben and Reid and everyone.
I will include a little handwritten notebook to enable Reid to help millions poor people worldwide : Usa to Botswana
by enabling them to help themselves
: creatively, collaboratively, entrepreneurially, educationally.
: independent of giving capital
: thus the worldwide reach is not limited by capital, it is way beyond.
I don’t have your details.
Fascinating read — thank you for sharing your thoughts and reflections in such detail. So great to hear what you’ve been up to. Especially loved hearing about the way Reid classified people — “navigable” and “alpha streaks” — great concepts.
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