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Morgan Perry, Founder at Mustread.fyi
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #22
Morgan Perry is an entrepreneur who co-founded several startups and more recently founded Mustreads.fyi. In 2019, Morgan also participated in the Techstars accelerator program in Paris. He is passionate about learning and finds the entrepreneurs he looks up to inspiring. Morgan is a Marketing graduate of the Paris Business School.
Who is your biggest source of inspiration?
It changes with the years and the people I meet. Still, I have been involved in the sports world since early childhood, almost fifteen years of my life. I’ve always had a deep admiration and great respect for the athletes: the sacrifices they face, the mental strength it requires, their strong work ethic, and the talent that makes them unique. It’s an incredible dose of inspiration for me.
I find some of these attributes in entrepreneurs as well. So I would say they are also a source of inspiration.
How do you keep learning on a daily basis? What are your learning routines?
There’s a way to learn on a daily basis that is not always deliberate, and I guess that relates to many entrepreneurs’ approaches. It’s learning-by-doing things that you didn’t know about yesterday. And as a result, I feel like I’m learning new things every day, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Otherwise, I dedicate time to reading articles, blogs, or Twitter threads, usually thirty minutes every morning when I wake up and listening to podcasts during my morning workout. Finally, I read a book before sleeping.
Another way to learn is by having discussions with other people who have been where I am now and/or would like to be in the near future. This is much more effective than reading. But unfortunately, it’s very tough to do daily.
What is your favorite books and why 📚?
Hard to choose.
The best books I’ve read are the ones that came at the right time, when I needed them the most, either at a personal or professional level.
I’m a big fan of Bernard Werber’s style, a French science fiction writer. He has a unique way of writing, mixing philosophy and science fiction. Many of his books are very good, but one of them, Les Thanathonautes, had a significant impact on my open-mindedness, especially related to wisdom and social issues, and helped me develop my empathy. I think it’s one of the first books that made me love reading fiction.
I must admit that I read very few fictional books. I read more non-fiction ones.
There are tons of excellent books in the non-fiction space. But if I were to recommend only one of them, it would be How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. The title sounds like a manipulative or useless book about making friends, but that doesn’t reflect this book’s truth in any way. Its timeless wisdom could change your life. It will make you a better person, improve your life, and more importantly, it will improve the lives of the people you love and the people you meet every day.
Another recommendation, in a very different style and a must-read book if you run a business or want to, is Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim. It’s a classic book that has significantly changed my thinking, especially on innovating and creating a business in a new market while breaking away from the competition.
What is your favorite podcast and why 🎧?
I’m a big podcast fan! 🙂
For those in French, I’d say GDYI by Matthieu Stefani, Oui Are New York by Ilan Abehassera, and Lucky Day by the Bakang Brothers. I like them all for the same reason; they are a generous dose of inspiration to explore admiral people’s journeys.
For those in English, Master Of Scale by Reid Hoffman, where he interviews today’s most remarkable leaders on their success, you will get many actionable insights. Another one, The Knowledge Project by Shane Parrish (from Farnam Street), is an excellent podcast to listen to about how mental models work.
What would you tell the 18 or 25-year-old version of yourself?
It’s funny because I’ve been thinking about it recently, and I tweeted this as an answer.
Spend more time making big decisions:
- 1) where you live
- 2) who you’re live with
- 3) and what you do
What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome this year, and how did you do that?
After leaving a tech startup I co-founded, 2020 has been a transition year for me. I’d say it’s all about finding my long-term state of flow. In short, discovering what I’m good at and enjoy doing, and get paid for it.
It’s a sweet spot that’s difficult to uncover because it’s not an obvious thing and takes a great deal of time (most often years) to figure out.
There may be different ways to overcome it, but mine is to launch various projects to see what’s right for me quickly.
If you were stuck alone on an island and only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be 🏝?
Definitely a volleyball, to create my own ‘Wilson’ 🙂 (for those who know the Castaway reference)
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