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We speak with the Co-Founder of Promise Hub Dave Erickson and get some insights into how he stays inspired.
Ramen Naam – Not only one of my favourite authors, but a solar power expert and super human being.
Aymeric Sallin – I think he has an uncanny ability to rethink process and create innovative companies.
Richard Branson – He’s my lifelong hero and a real human, he walks his talk.
Peter Diamandis – His dedication to helping people understand the future and tireless work evangelizing abundance is inspiring.
If I had to pick the companies that are shaping our lives I would certainly include Amazon, Tesla, Facebook, and handful of biotech companies including Selecta Bio (which is one of Aymeric Sallin's company).
It’s very hard these days to pick out the Unicorns so I keep a list of what types of companies I would want to be in (platforms that create better, wider content at a greater value for consumers and keep the middle costs to the minimum – as well a Process Interrupters/Remakers) and which ones that I would avoid (big retail, certain real estate, traditional auto and manufacturing, insurance, banking).
I think that invention is a very different and special thing versus innovation. So as a business person, I focus on collaborating with companies that are great “adopters” of new tech, process and paradigms so we can take advantage of what comes versus making big bets that are huge win/loss. I spend a lot of time being too early. As they say “you can spot the pioneers from the arrows in their backs”. I like to skip that and tag along while doing some good for people and helping to create a better world for my kids and the next generation.
When I was a young boy I died from Meningitis/Encephalitis and had a “death experience”. Since I was young (5 or 6) that experience was incorporated into my reality. But as you venture forth into the world, nobody likes this as a reality and they try to talk you out of it. So I devoted quite some time to trying to reconcile my personal experience with my adult environment. Some books that helped me on this journey are:
Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing by Jed McKenna
I got my word for God from this book, “The Wind” as well as my favourite question “Why do you wash the dishes?” It’s hilarious and enlightening.
Cosmic Consciousness by Richard Bucke
I think its an interesting human thought study. And that fact that is was written over 100 years ago makes it even more interesting.
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
I love the way that Taleb thinks.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harrari
Lots of great insights packed into individual realities – an inspiring read.
The Nexus Trilogy by Ramez Naam
Fun, well-written view of a new species of human heading our way.
These may not seem like business books, but if you view your vocation as an expression of your self and your personal reality, then entrepreneurship is a very personal journey that starts with an understanding of self and purpose.