I’d never donated blood before, so I was ready to have some fun.

After I answered questions and filled out paperwork, I sat down in a light blue recliner that reminded me of a really cushy dentist’s chair. I struck up a conversation with the phlebotomist—20 years old, grew up in Utah, a self-proclaimed “rider,” as illustrated by the tattoo of a motorcycle on her right elbow. But she said what she really loves to do is cook, and dreams of opening a bed and breakfast outside of Bryce Canyon one day.

She finished up and I left to grab a snack from the spread of crackers and bottled water. Cookies in hand, I sat down next to a man eating peanut butter crackers. I opened my bag, waited about three seconds, and asked, “So what’s your story?”

We launched into a ten minute conversation about business, money, and people. He overheard my conversation with the phlebotomist in which I mentioned that I will be a millionaire by the time I turn 28 years old, and said that not only is he a millionaire, but his sons have started companies and have become multi-millionaires. We’re also probably related to each other because we both have relatives in Cove, Utah. Everyone is related to each other in Cove and most people have the last name of Allen. They say that it’s a small world, but you will never find out just how small it is unless you ask people questions.

He recommended two books: The Richest Man in Babylon, and Rich Dad, Poor Dad and said that he has learned more about money and business from these books than from anything else. When people ask how he is so good with money, he tells them, but most people don’t follow what he says.

Information is becoming increasingly democratized. You can learn about investing by listening to podcasts, writing by attending webinars, business by watching YouTube videos, productivity by reading articles—all for free. Though millions will consume this information, only a few will act on what they learn.

That’s what separates the good from the great.

So, today I helped save a life by giving blood and learned about a life while I asked questions and ate cookies.

Speaking of asking questions, I watched this talk today on that very subject. It made me laugh and it made me think.

I really like Cal Fussman.


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