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Achieving Amazing Results: The Guy Kawasaki Interview

Career, Money | September 24th, 2008 1 Comment

Guy Kawasaki is like, the Patron Saint of Entrepreneurs. In fact, when our Daily Q&A asked y’all, “What’s the best business book you’ve read?“, Guy’s The Art of The Start came up again and again. His new book, Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition is out next month. Guy’s blog is one of the best there is for business-life perspective. And being prone to starting things, Kawasaki recently launched ALLTOP (which is one of those ideas that I wished I’d thought of.) Think of it as an “online magazine rack” of popular topics – blogs galore categorized under every topic conceivable.

So needless to say, it’s an honour to ask Mr. Kawasaki…

How do you know when you’re inspired?
If you have to ask if you’re inspired, you’re probably not. It’s as simple as that. When something inspires me, I immediately wonder how I can incorporate it in my blog, speeches, tweets, or businesses. Great artists know what to steal.


What’s a repeating lesson in your life?
I try to never ask people to do something that I wouldn’t do. The challenge with this theory is that I’m willing to grind it out and get my hands dirty, so I’m probably ready, willing, and able to do more than most people.

What would you like to revolutionize?
I’d like to change how people find nuggets of information on the web. That’s the goal of Alltop.

What book has been most inspiring to you?
By far the most inspiring book is If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland. I am a writer, but it applies to almost everything people would like to master.

What do you collect, or have a lot of?
Hockey jerseys. I often swap marketing and entrepreneurship advice for hockey jerseys.

What would you like to be a master of?
Hockey.

What’s the feeling you’re usually trying to achieve?
I’d like to empower people–with my writing, speaking, and products. I’m all about trying to empower people to achieve amazing results–especially people who are underdogs and disenfranchised, those who don’t have a feeling of entitlement.

Just by virtue of being you, what are you teaching?
Just by virtue of being me, I don’t teach anything. Teaching is a willful, purposeful, and difficult act. It doesn’t just happen.

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