Entrepreneur Teach Thyself!

College is fantastic to give you a base of knowledge. But nothing prepares one for what it means to be an entrepreneur, and everything you need to learn to be successful. However, entrepreneurs are no strangers to learning – we are insatiable learners.

When Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer and put it online, the unexpected happened – entrepreneurs started picking it up and making it their own.

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My Current Reading List

I’m a fan of videos and books. Here’s what I’ve read lately:

  1. Statistics in Plain English, Third Edition (in progress)
  2. Statistics II for Dummies (also in progress)
  3. The Marketing Agency Blueprint: The Handbook for Building Hybrid PR, SEO, Content, Advertising, and Web Firms
  4. The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care
  5. The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service
  6. 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life (because who doesn’t)
  7. The 33 Strategies of War
  8. Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
  9. Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become?
  10. Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition

To create a well-rounded learning list, I recommend going outside of your industry. For instance, I’m not in the CIA, however the book on the CIA gave me insight into how teams are formed, how large organizations work with other large organizations, and more military history.

Don’t forget the basics though. The Khan Academy is a fantastic resource with thousands of videos on math, science, computer science, finance & economics, and more.

What Resources Do You Use?

What resources do you use to teach yourself? Are you using online courses from a university or the Khan Academy? Are you a buyer of books or DVD courses?

Let us know in the comments below what you’re using.


  1. Hi Rob,

    Love the lessons here!

    I read online, offline…most of all I study nature in detail.

    Here in Bali, I have come to dissect what I come across. Animals, nature in general.

    We really receive the perfect lesson from nature, if we tune into it, because nature is just the Universe being…perfect,…without all the interference of the ego.

    Excellent stuff as always buddy….thanks for sharing!


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