What You Do is Who You Are is a book written by Ben Horowitz. For those familiar with the business world, Ben Horowitz is one of the founders of the world-famous Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen Horowitz is one of, if not the most successful, venture capital firms in the world. Andreessen Horowitz was founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, and is famous for investing in companies such as Facebook, Lyft, Slack, Pinterest, and many others.
In his book, Horowitz talks about how to create a successful culture. While Horowitz has plenty of experience from both starting his own companies as well as companies he has invested in to use as examples of how to build successful cultures, he mostly focuses on examples from history to illustrate his points.
I think Horowitz’s decision to use more lessons from history rather than his own personal lessons gave the book an interesting perspective. In the book, Horowitz uses examples of people like the Samurai in Japan, Genghis Khan, and Toussaint Louverture (he led a successful slave revolt in the 1800s), and the tactics they used to build a successful culture.
The main points that Horowitz makes in his book are that culture cannot be developed in a day, and that culture is defined by what you do (not by what you say). I think these are good lessons to remember, especially if you are a leader at a company (or someone with authority). Having a good culture is one of the most important things for any successful company to have, but it is also a lot easier to create a poor culture than it is to maintain a great culture.
I listened to the audiobook version of the book, and it was only about 3 hours or so on 2x speed. It is a good read and has a bunch of interesting insights!
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This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!