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Heroes And Admiration

Every person has at least one hero whose work they admire. If you’ve glanced at my “about” page, you may have correctly assumed that one of my heroes is writer/speaker Scott Berkun. I’ve followed Scott and read all of his books since he made the scary leap long ago from a safe job at Microsoft into the unforgiving jungle of self-sufficiency.

I like Scott’s work so much because I think he’s genuine, transparent, sincere, and down-to-earth. In short, his ideas and insights are helpful to his readers. That’s why I got a kick out of this twitter exchange:

berkun twitter exchange

Scott’s brand new, kickstarter-funded, book is titled “The Ghost Of My Father“. It’s a radical departure from his other books in that it’s a deeply personal treatise on growing up with an absentee father. Go out and buy it, pronto!


If I ever get my lazy ass out of “blog only” mode and hunker down to write some kind of unsellable book for my own personal satisfaction, Scott will have been a huge influence on the transition.

  1. October 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

    That’s what’s brilliant about the Internet. As well as cats, there’s this sort of thing, everyone has a chance at this sort of thing. It’s flat, everyone can speak to anyone.
    I once got a scathing email from the man Seth Godin, disagreeing with a tweet of mine disagreeing with him. I sleep on it under my pillow every night….

    • October 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

      I remember you blogging about a disagreement with Mr. Godin (with whose work I’m very familiar with). I wouldn’t think he’d be the defensive type, but hey, ya never know. Especially when one becomes famous and exalted.

  2. Scott Berkun
    October 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for writing this.

    I’m sure you’ve found many books you’ve read on subjects you know much about to be quite underwhelming – that’s where better books are born and it’s well within you to write one.

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