FF 019 - How to be the World's Raddest Man - Elon Musk's Successor and Ego Is the Enemy


Hello from New York City!

And welcome to the 19th Edition of FRIDAY FAVORITES!

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- Adrien
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So... Elon is even more awesome and inspiring than I thought...

And, Tim Urban does such a good job explaining to what extent and how it's so much more incredible than the general public thinks by setting the context with human evolution.

There are 4 pieces to this series and each one is incredibly in-depth and I'd say way better than the best-selling biography.

After interviewing Adam, I immediately needed to read up on Elon because I saw SO MANY similarities between the two.  He'd kill me for saying it, but

Adam Simon is the next Elon Musk.

I know you don't believe me, but listen to this interview and tell me he doesn't already have the serious potential needed to be his successor. 

I dare you.

YES, the title is tacky and sounds like scam city, BUT, this is a book I wish someone had given me when I was 16-18 years old. 

If you're struggling with your decision to go to university, or you're stuck in a job you don't like, I prescribe 3 doses of knowledge unto thee:

The last is a bit, if not very, repetitive but the content as a whole is gold and remember, you can't judge a book by its cover (because it's clickbait just like any other kind of marketing).

When exploring potential collaborations or hires, or recommending books with scammy titles, or speaking to "successful" people, I am always reminded of Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

I used to be an incredibly cocky kid, and I used to think ego would fuel ambition, (and maybe that's still true to a certain extent) but through growing up my perception has completely changed.

There's a stereotype that entrepreneurs need to be cocky or have a very large ego to be successful.  And there are examples to back that claim: Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mick Jagger, Mark Zuckerberg, Travis Kalanik...


  1. We can't succumb to survivorship bias
  2. We should accept that, if someone doesn't have anything to show for it, cockyness does not present that person in a better light
  3. Having a large ego will limit one's ability to learn because they will only expose themselves to sources they deem "worth it", never to learn from anyone or anything they've pre-judged as "worthless" 
  4. Being humble and nice has accelerated the success of countless entrepreneurs: Gary VaynerchukKevin RoseCasey Neistat, Tim FerrissAdam Simon, and myself.

Learning to recognise our own sense of ego and how it can creep up on us in negative and positive ways:

  • when we're offended
  • just did something amazing
  • or pass on the opportunity to meet with someone because we don't see what they can bring us

is the first step.

I've personally met with too many young entrepreneurs who are entitled in the early stages of their venture, and witnessed first-hand how that toxicity limited their potential.

Daily practices like, stoicism and meditation, as I've mentioned countless times and will continue to do so, are my reminders and my remedies.  I hope they work for you too.

    5. Thought I Am Pondering:

    What are the origins of ego? Why do we need it?

    Thanks for reading, have an awesome weekend! 😁

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