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  • -Guy, thank you so much

  • for coming back to the show and coming on.

  • -Thank you for having me. It's great to see you.

  • Seeing you is like -- it's like going back in time

  • to a better time.

  • 'Cause the last time I saw you was a better time.

  • -It actually was.

  • But you still continue to crush it.

  • I want to get into your shows, but also congrats on the book.

  • Number one. Not too shabby, buddy.

  • -Thank you. -I don't know how you

  • had time to write a book, but you're putting out new episodes

  • of "How I Built This" and you started a live version

  • I want to talk about, the "Resilience" series.

  • How did this come about? Was it your idea?

  • Did you go like, "Hey this is a perfect time to talk to

  • these entrepreneurs and CEOs

  • about what they're doing during COVID?

  • -Once the pandemic hit, it was clear that

  • our community needed a gathering place,

  • because a lot of people who listen to the show are

  • entrepreneurs, or they have small businesses.

  • And people were and still are freaking out.

  • And so we wanted to create a place where

  • we could bring on well-known entrepreneurs,

  • from like Airbnb and Lyft and, you know, and Slack,

  • and talk to our audience and basically describe

  • the challenges they're facing, too.

  • So in a way we wanted to sort of say, "Look, you know,

  • you're not the only one, and here's how other people

  • are building resilience, and here are some of

  • the creative ways they're actually keeping

  • their businesses alive, and it's been amazing.

  • We're doing a video podcast twice a week.

  • We've done it since early April.

  • And it's been so fun. And we take live questions.

  • It's been amazing. -Yeah.

  • Let's talk about your new book. It just announced that it's

  • on the "New York Times" bestseller's list,

  • and hit number one on "The Wall Street Journal's"

  • best-selling business books. Congrats, buddy.

  • -Thank you. -I love it.

  • I don't want it to end.

  • I'm thanking you for autographing it for me,

  • by the way.

  • I appreciate that. Here. I have it right here.

  • -You're welcome.

  • -"Jimmy, hope you like book. Guy."

  • I mean, your handwriting is different

  • than what I thought it would be, but interesting.

  • "Hope you like book." Well, that's interesting.

  • Uh... [ Laughter ]

  • When you're putting this together, did you go back

  • and listen to all the interviews you've done?

  • I mean, it seems intense.

  • -Yeah, I mean, I interview people for three or four

  • or sometimes five hours.

  • We only put an hour on the show.

  • But really what was amazing,

  • and the insight I really walked away from

  • after really trying to put the book together,

  • was that entrepreneurship is actually a mindset.

  • It's a way of thinking. It's a way of operating.

  • It's a series of skills that you can learn.

  • It's solving problems. It's overcoming obstacles.

  • It's dealing with the fear of rejection.

  • And the only difference between the people that I profile

  • in the book and, you know, the rest of us,

  • is that they walked into the phone booth and put on the cape,

  • and the idea behind the book, really,

  • is to be the phone booth for people who are ready

  • to put on the cape. -Yeah. Anyone can do it.

  • It's just -- they didn't have any special skills

  • that you don't have.

  • You know, you talk about something in the book

  • called the founder's dilemma, which I find very interesting.

  • This is when a company becomes a success,

  • and the founder has to choose between

  • having his company, having control of the company,

  • or selling it for a lot of money.

  • -Right.

  • -But you say that there's a third option.

  • -There is, right?

  • And it sounds very simple, but it's happiness.

  • Like, here's the thing, Jimmy.

  • The vast majority, I would say virtually every person

  • who's been on "How I Built This,"

  • whether it's Howard Schultz of Starbucks

  • or Payal Kadakia who founded Classpass,

  • they don't go into starting a business to become rich.

  • They go in to solve a problem.

  • Because a business essentially, that's what it is.

  • It's, there's a problem, and I'm going to solve it

  • with a product or service.

  • Right? -Yeah.

  • -So Howard Schultz wanted to solve it

  • by brewing better coffee and Payal Kadakia

  • wanted to solve it by creating a more efficient way

  • to sign up for fitness classes.

  • The reality is many of the founders I've interviewed

  • who have sold their businesses too early

  • have walked away with a lot of money,

  • but in many cases it hasn't left them happier

  • because what really motivates them is the camaraderie

  • of a team, is a sense of purpose, is a mission, right?

  • And so that's what gets us out of bed in the morning.

  • It's not having piles of money. It's having a mission.

  • It's having a sense of purpose.

  • It's having a reason to take on the world.

  • And I found that again and again with founders,

  • and I think that's really what makes

  • entrepreneurship so special

  • is that the vast majority of people who go into it

  • don't do it for the money.

  • -Who is the founder of Dropbox?

  • -Drew Houston is a great example.

  • He's going to be on the show in a couple weeks.

  • I mean, he is worth billions of dollars.

  • -Yeah. -He didn't go into it

  • wanting to, knowing he was ever going to be a billionaire.

  • And to him it's just a number on paper.

  • But I asked him in my interview recently, you know,

  • "What do you think --" He is only 37 years old.

  • "What do you think about the future?

  • Do you think you'd want to sell and walk away

  • and, you know, kind of just live your life

  • sipping margaritas on the beach?"

  • And he said, "You know, there's no way I would want to do that,"

  • for the exact reasons I just described --

  • because there's a mission, there's a team,

  • there's a reason, there are problems to solve.

  • And that's what motivates him. That's what gets him excited.

  • -I just want to say please keep doing what you're doing

  • because we need it right now more than ever.

  • Guy Raz, everybody. His book "How I Built This"

  • is available now, and when you come back

  • I really want an actual signed copy if you don't mind.

  • -I promise. -Guy Raz, everybody.

  • We'll be right back with a performance

  • from Lele Pons and Guaynaa. Stick around.

  • ♪♪

-Guy, thank you so much

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