Albert Einstein was without a doubt a genius, one of the smartest humans of all time. But no one would ask Albert Einstein for a business advice. Flip the side, and everyone thinks that a successful businessman is a genius. The hypnosis of MONEY! What does it mean to be smart? Who is smarter: Einstein or Bezos? Newton or Zuckerberg, Musk, Gates? If you answer honestly, the next step is to accept that one does not have to be a genius in order to create and run a successful business. If you played the game of chess, you would know that the winner is the one who makes less mistakes. Same in business. Everyone starts something, but those who make less mistakes get eventually noticed. In the case of Mr. Bezos (and many other well-known white businessmen): good family, good education, Wall-Street experience, and - of course - boldness, taking a risk (for starters, just to start a start-up), and being persuasive (#1 and 2 and 3 professional quality of a businessman). Multiply by a good luck. Subtract missteps (“Fire phone”). Add learning from mistakes (Alexa). And having good genetics - which provided with a good brain - the physiological basis of thinking and effective learning.
I disagree with the last statement, but I know that I am in the minority on this (but not alone! http://www.cognisity.how/2018/04/bincome.html).
Mr. Jeff Bezos, please, start Amazon program "resell your old book" (like cars or phones)
This is how it should work.
1. I buy a new book, and (obviously) read it.
2. I buy a new new book; and click" resell my old book" (the price is set by Amazon)
3. I receive the new new book, place the old one in the same box, and send it back (via Amazon Locker from Whole Foods)
4. Amazon gets it, pays me.
Since the first publication of this post I wrote a couple of more pieces on the character of business people.
The latest one "Is The Cat Wroth Be Saved? or A Curios Case of a Risky Entrepreneur". In part I touched how much luck plays the role in the success of a person. The best luck one can get is growing up in a nice family and attending a nice school. The next depends greatly on meeting the right people. I like to say "you can be the strongest magnet, but if you are surrounded by wood, you cannot attract much of attention".