My guest today is David Senra. David has studied history’s great founders and entrepreneurs in more depth than anyone I’ve ever met, and I’d wager more than anyone else alive. In this conversation, we cover many of the most common themes he’s discovered studying hundreds of entrepreneurs like Estée Lauder, John Rockefeller, Enzo Ferrari, and Edwin Land. I found this to be one of the most energizing conversations I’ve had in a long time, and one I’ll return to often.
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[00:03:01] - [First question] - When he first fell in love with reading
[00:07:01] - What’s rooted in his own history that’s made him obsessive about studying history’s great entrepreneurs and founders - Founders Podcast
[00:10:34] - The first time he connected with someone as a positive role model that he was reading about
[00:13:45] - How often obsession is apparent in the founders he’s studied across hundreds of biographies
[00:18:08] - What is often behind obsession and how people listening can apply the lessons to their own lives
[00:22:45] - The dynamic and relationship between inspiration and perspiration
[00:27:11] - Commonalities between the layers of leadership and support underneath founders
[00:31:52] - Where else he’s seen ego rear its head in good and bad ways
[00:38:34] - How often do great founders break the law or enter gray areas of it
[00:41:22] - The role constant learning and listening plays in success
[00:45:12] - Talking about how anything worth doing is worth doing to excess
[00:52:18] - Describing the soul of founders and businesses
[00:58:39] - What he’s learned about all of these founders as it relates to marketing
[01:04:38] - A common story that process is often art
[01:08:10] - Who his idols are in podcasting specifically
[01:14:55] - Major aspects of people he’s studied that haven’t been discussed yet
[01:19:55] - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for him