About This Episode:
Jesse Tevelow grew up in a small suburb outside of Washington DC. After surviving the public schooling system, he attended the University of Michigan, graduating four years later with a heap of debt and a flimsy certificate saying he wasn’t dumb. Life after college was painfully dull. Two years after graduation, he was bored to death, working at a consulting firm in New York City. So, he quit his job and co-founded a startup, which went on to generate millions of dollars. he worked there for seven years, but he was eventually fired for being (admittedly) combative and generally useless. Battling intense fear and self-doubt, he picked his self back up again and decided to write this book.
Writing The Connection Algorithm has been an incredible journey for Jesse. Without a publisher, an editor, or a marketing budget, he somehow still managed to write a book that consistently ranks among the top business books on Amazon. It has reached a #1 ranking in Entrepreneurship, Management, Knowledge Capital, and Personal Success, ranking as high as #867 out of roughly 12 million books available. That means his book is in the top 0.01%, ranking higher than 99.99% of all other books. He never could have imagined this outcome. The irony is that it perfectly supports my book’s message: that taking great risks introduces the possibility of great success, regardless of your resources or background.
Jesse’s Favorite Quote:
“The only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.” – Rita May Brown
Links from Today’s Show:
The Connection Algorithm: Take Risks, Defy the Status Quo, and Live Your Passions
The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)
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