Stop Reading So Much

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On a warm, sunny December afternoon in 2012, University of Tennessee sports technology coach Joe Harrington received a phone call. It was from Peyton Manning. Joe had known Peyton since 1994 when Manning was a freshman quarterback with University of Tennessee. There was no greeting. Peyton quickly said, “In 1996, Tennessee played Ole Miss in Memphis. In the third quarter, … Read More

Some Thoughts on “Cradles of Eminence: Childhoods of More Than 700 Famous Men and Women”

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As an investor interested in leadership development and as a father of two   small children, I am fascinated by how the childhood environment and, more specifically, the relationship with one’s close family members, can have a long-lasting impact on character development. Coincidentally, I was reading “Cradles of Eminence” as Ian posted his article “Nurturing the Intelligent Fanatic in our Children“. … Read More

New Online Course – Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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Over the last 20 years I’ve been on the pursuit of mastering the guitar. I’ve studied greatness. I’ve experimented. I’ve developed a method of internalizing the world’s greatest musicians, to become a master guitar player myself. I’ve now adapted my method for business and investing. This online course provides you with the tools to stand on the shoulders of giants. … Read More

Beware When Studying Greatness

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Studying intelligent fanatics, or greatness in any field should have a large disclaimer. Brent Beshore’s recent tweet should be it: Success, of any magnitude, is an excellent liar – life's fun house mirror. It rewrites history, glosses over shortcomings, magnifies talents, gives the illusion of control, strips empathy, and creates false friends/enemies. The bigger the success, the greater the distortion. … Read More

Nurturing the Intelligent Fanatic in our Children

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Meijer, a chain of grocery stores and supercenters, is one of the largest private companies in the United States. Dutch immigrant Hendrik Meijer founded the company in 1934. Hendrik and his son Fred Meijer would open two-dozen stores over the next thirty years before opening the first modern day supercenter in 1962. Fred Meijer is best known for pioneering the … Read More

The Fallacy of Instant Success

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It feels as though every day we read a headline of some money losing technology business that just eclipsed a $1 billion valuation in a short period of time. Constantly reading such things distorts reality and exacerbates a disjointed view of the effort and timeframe needed to create an exceptional business. Few exceptional businesses are created quickly. While studying Intelligent … Read More

Mary Hull – One of the First Female Intelligent Fanatics

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In the early 20th century, women stayed in the home or worked in acceptable female jobs that didn’t provide much room for advancement in title or pay. There certainly weren’t many female entrepreneurs from this time period, let alone female intelligent fanatics that created a market leading company. A few of our members tasked us with finding and retelling the … Read More

Now Available – Intelligent Fanatics: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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Become a member today and get our new book, Intelligent Fanatics: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, for FREE in PDF format [EPUB (idevice) and Mobi (Kindle) formats available upon request]. Membership is only $49.99, and it includes all current and future books, case studies, and much more.  [JOIN TODAY]. Intelligent Fanatics are the world’s greatest business builders. They create companies … Read More