Abhi Yerra's Reviews > Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Titan by Ron Chernow
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really liked it
bookshelves: ambition

This book took a while to finish but here are what I got from his life and the growth of Standard Oil

- His father was essentially a quack doctor who started a second family. John did not want to be like him and seems to define himself as an opposition of his father.
- Self-control in almost all aspects of life. It didn’t seem like he had fun at all and was leading a stoic life that was very very high on morality.
- Knowing the accounts is very important to successfully grow a company. The books tell you where money is being spent and you can optimize each of the places money is spent.
- You don’t need to be a chemist, you can hire the chemist.
- If you are making money quickly you can’t give it away fast enough.
- Almost everything in America has Rockerfellers money behind it. National Parks, MoMa, University of Chicago, the entire medical community.
- It is important to define your PR or others will define it for you in a way that isn’t good for you. Control the message.

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Reading Progress

March 12, 2017 – Shelved
March 12, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
March 12, 2017 – Shelved as: ambition
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September 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

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