If you’re a big fan of the Dos Equis commercials (who isn’t?) then you’ll be excited to know that I got to interview the most interesting man in the world.
No, he isn’t an actor, but he has one of the most diverse and interesting life stories I’ve come across.
From dropping out of college to becoming a travel photographer in Asia to co-founding Wired Magazine, Kevin Kelly has seen it all.
He has studied how the Amish use technology, developed a catalog of Cool Tools to improve daily lifestyle, and met Steve Jobs on several occasions.
Allow me to introduce you to the man who’s lived many lives, Kevin Kelly, as we explore his thoughts on technology (and much more) in Episode 97 on The School of Greatness.
The School of Greatness Podcast
“We are both the parents of technology and children of it at the same time.” Click to Tweet
In This Episode, You Will Discover:
- How Kevin’s article 1000 True Fans explains the power of true fans versus publicity from a third party
- When to interact with your fans yourself and when to outsource it
- How many true fans you need to be successful if you are a small business
“You basically want to turn customers into true fans.” Click to Tweet
- Of all the hats Kevin wears, what his favorite is
- Why he sees editing as “packaging ideas”
- Editing tips from Kevin
- The role of empathy in editing
“The entire success of an article is really in the structure.” Click to Tweet
- Why he went on a book tour the year before he wrote his book
- Why he dropped out of college
- How his travels in Asia influenced him
“I became addicted to learning new stuff every day.” Click to Tweet
- How he interviewed college graduates for hire at Wired
- His thoughts on the effect of technology on communication and what he learned from the Amish
- Why he encourages vacations or “Sabbaths” from technology rather than rejecting it
- Whether it’s better to have money or time when you travel
“Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.” Click to Tweet
- His favorite travel guides and resources
- What he thought of Steve Jobs after meeting him several times
- Plus much more…
Continue Seeking Greatness:
- Add Wired Magazine to your favorites list
- Read about the Long Now Foundation
- Check out the Cool Tools website and book
- Look for freelancers to do your next graphic design or book jacket art at www.deviantart.com
- Pick up Rolf Potts Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
- Or if you want to travel cheap, pick up World Stompers : A Global Travel Manifesto
- Pre-order Kevin’s new graphic novel The Silver Cord
- Follow what Kevin is up to
“Greatness means you are a class of one.” Click to Tweet
- Music Credit: Chosen You by Illenium
Did you enjoy the podcast?
It’s not often that I get to interview the most interesting man in the world. He dropped a lot of brilliant one-liners. What part of his story did you connect with the most? What do you think of his suggestion to take a technology Sabbath? Share your two cents in the comments below.
“There’s a tension there for every creative person between optimizing what you know and exploring what you don’t.”