Frans Johansson [WYWL podcast]

We got the opportunity to speak to Frans Johansson, the author of The Medici Effect and The Click Moment.

We spoke about both of these books, and I discussion spanned uncertainty, purposeful bets, click moments, doubling down, innovation, and a whole lot more. Frans is an absolute weapon of a bloke and drops some serious gems of wisdom.

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The Click Moment – by Frans Johansson [WYWL podcast]

The Click Moment by Frans Johansson

‘Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World’


This is a great business book. The world is random and there are forces out there that make success impossible to predict, so we need to be doing everything we can to harness randomness and use it to our advantage. The famed ‘10,000 hours rule’ works in many cases, but it’s essentially irrelevant in the business world. Instead, we need to focus on three things: click moments, placing purposeful bets, and allowing complex forces to work for us.


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The Greatest Salesman in the World – by Og Mandino (WYWL podcast)

‘You can change your life with the priceless wisdom of ten ancient scrolls handed down for thousands of years’

This parable tells the story of a man who rose from poverty to become the greatest salesman in the world. The book teaches us that we too can become great salesmen if we take the time and effort and apply ourselves to learn and practice. We are presented ten scrolls that will guide us on our journey to becoming masters of sales. In all honesty, whilst these principles can be effectively applied to becoming great at sales, they advice is also broadly applicable and could be (and should be) implemented in all areas of life. The advice covers things like avoiding procrastination, mastering your own emotions and not taking yourself too seriously.

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So What’s The Difference? – by Fritz Ridenour

‘A look at 20 world views, faiths and religions’


We didn’t really know anything about religion, so we decided to try and find out. This book gives a bit of an overview of the world’s major religions and describes their beliefs. Unfortunately, the book isn’t an unbiased account of the world as it’s written by a devout Christian and thus is seen through the lens of a particular belief. Nevertheless, it gave some good insight into what people believe and why.


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Pale Blue Dot – by Carl Sagan [WYWL podcast]

Pale Blue Dot – by Carl Sagan

‘A vision of the human future in space’


This offering from Carl Sagan, an astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and astrobiologist who popularised science takes us on a journey of space exploration. It seriously puts our Earth into perspective and shows us that really, in the grand scheme of things, we’re not that important.


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