The Third Door - Alex Banayan

The Third Door -
Alex Banayan
About This Book
Lesson from Tim Ferriss,
author of "The 4-Hour Work Week"
Lesson from Steve Wozniak,
co-founder of Apple
Lesson from "Sugar" Ray Leonard,
a 6 time world champion boxer
Lesson from Elliott Bisnow,
co-founder of Bisnow Media
Lessons from Bill Gates,
founder of Microsoft
What Questions Does
"The Third Door" Answer?
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The Third Door
The Wild Quest to Uncover How
the World's Most Successful People
Launched Their Careers
Alex Banayan
Listed on Forbes’ “30 Under 30”
Listed on Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People Under 30”
How did the most successful people
in the world launch their careers?
How do you find "the third door"?
Success is like getting into a
night club - there are always 3 doors
The main entrance, where everybody queues
The VIP entrance, where rich and famous people slight right in
The third door is hidden and most people
don't know about it - it could be the door to
a kitchen for instance.
You need more initiative and some luck
to get through this door, but there is a way!
Persistence is important, but don't be rude.
There's a difference between being persistent and being a hassle.
For instance, if you want something from
someone, it's ok to send multiple emails
But: Don't end them with "Thanks in
advance" (it sounds rude and entitled).
Instead, end with something like "I totally
understand if you don't have time to respond."
Live life on your own terms and do what YOU
want to know, not what society dictates
Maybe society says that you should reach the
highest position available, but is that really
what will make you happy?
Live by your own values, even if it puts you at odds with others
Lesson from Qui Lu, one of the IT
world's rising stars (Microsoft)
Qui thought that sleeping less could give him
a competitive advantage, so he re-engineered
his sleeping pattern
He only sleeps 4 hours per night now!
This gives him extra time to work, learn and write
"Luck is a little like a bus. If you miss one, another
will come along. But if you aren't prepared,
you can't jump on."
Learn to summon your hidden reservoir
The hidden reservoir is a buried
reserve of strength and determination
Success comes to those who can tap into this reservoir
Stay in the fight, find the reservoir, and you can do anything!
Bite off more than you can chew!
Be ambitious, aim high, and figure out the details later
If you're young, you need a way to
blast through people's skepticism
Overwhelm people with your
expertise so they don't doubt you
When starting out, take the position that
will help you in the long term over short-term profits
Lesson from Tony Hsieh,
CEO of Zeppos
It's OK to embrace your ego
Ask for help
Don't deceive yourself about your ego,
about your true goals and motivations
Accept that you can accommodate
your ego alongside other goals,
such as inspiring others
Sometimes, asking is all it takes
and you'll be surprised at the answer
Lesson from Dean Kamen,
inventor of the Segway
Sometimes it's best to look at a problem from a different angle
Don't get frustrated if you don't break through
Instead, reframe the question in a way that allows you to find a solution