Very early on in my career someone gave me the advice to read up as much as I can about people I admire, respect and look upto. By doing so I would avoid the mistakes they made and collect interesting anecdotes I could use at a pretentious dinner party. In the spirit of that advice, below is my attempt to document some of the most interesting humans we could all learn a thing or three from.
The father of trend following. The original trend spotter so to speak. Personally, Richard Donchians story personifies patience and perseverance. He achieved legendary status in the world of financial trading but he didn’t become a successful trend follower until he was in his mid 60s and kept making millions well into this 90s. Here is […]
Quicker is better than faster. Col. John R. Boyd, a legendary Air Force fighter pilot whose discovery that quicker is better than faster became the basis of a far-reaching theory that helped revolutionize American military strategy ~ New York Times In a tribute written after Boyd’s death, General C.C. Krulak described him as “a towering […]
In 1968 an eccentric Texas lawyer turned a crazy idea into one of the largest airlines in America. Wild Turkey Bourbon and smoking are his go to stress busters. He’s currently 85 and has managed to build an airline that has turned a profit for every quarter for the last 43 years. edit: he passed […]
At 82 years old Don Wildman is the quintessential definition of the term, age is just a number. The founder of Bally Fitness snowboards, cycles and trains harder than most professionals half his age. More about his life and his take on fear. Don Wildman can run like a Marine, snowboard like an Olympian, and […]
A cross dressing opium warlord who had the CIA working for her. I don’t think it’s gets any more badass than this. By age 25, Olive Yang commanded hundreds of soldiers guarding caravans of raw opium on mules and trucks across the hills to the Thai border. She just passed away at the age of 90. Read […]
For the last three decades, Rick Rubin has had a significant role to play in defining the better half of the billboard 100. The Rolling Stone covers his life in 21 Songs:http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/rick-rubin-my-life-in-21-songs-20160211
March 5, 1910 – January 5, 2007 The creator of the Ramen Noodle. Serial entrepreneur who lived until the ripe age of 96 and didn’t get his first big break until his late forties. “Ramen is one of the most minutely documented foods in Japan,” Solt writes. A number of geopolitical and economic factors—the reindustrialization […]
At five feet three inches tall, Muggsy Bogues was the shortest payer ever to play in professional basketball. Throughout his career, he was snickered at, underestimated, and counted out. But he succeeded by turning his height into the very thing that made him nationally known. Some people looked at his size as a curse but he […]
Probably the most influential inventor in the history of mankind. I first stumbled across him in this wonderful article by the oatmeal who calls him the greatest geek that ever lived. Start here: 1. The Oatmeal article: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla The first thing you should read.
The most badass person to rule over all of Rome. Yes, even more badass than Cesar. So the story of Cincinnatus is the story of a farmer who was called by Roman statesmen to be Emperor whenever the country was on the brink of collapse. He would leave his position as a farmer and take up the […]