Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman) is a cofounder of LinkedIn, investor at Greylock Partners, host of the podcast Masters of Scale, and coauthor of Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies and The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. This is part two of a two-part episode. Check out part one here!

  • Why surviving a horrible childhood isn’t a prerequisite for developing grit — and what you can do to learn resilience.
  • What it takes to gather the data points necessary for unpacking the secret subtext of indirect feedback.
  • How we can steer into good crises to strengthen relationships and better our circumstances.
  • What running Dungeons & Dragons and RuneQuest campaigns taught Reid about complex human motivations and the power of heroic collaboration.
  • Aligning goals between employers and employees of any generation with Star Wars-inspired rotational, transformational, and foundational tours of duty.
  • And much more…

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Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable CompaniesThis isn’t your typical episode of The Jordan Harbinger Show, but then again, Reid Hoffman isn’t our typical guest. He’s a cofounder of LinkedIn, investor at Greylock Partners, and coauthor of Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies and The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. He’s also the host of the Masters of Scale podcast, which explores how the world’s most successful entrepreneurs take their companies from startup level to becoming household names.

On this episode we’ll examine how TaskRabbit’s Stacy Brown-Philpot grew grit selling newspapers as a kid on the mean streets of Detroit, what Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz learned during her time as a barista about unpacking the subtext of indirect feedback, why we should never waste a good crisis, what Reid picked up about complex human motivations and heroic teamwork from playing Dungeons & Dragons, insight about the millennial work ethic from Brit + Co’s Brit Morin, Reid’s notion of aligning goals between employers and employees of any generation with Star Wars-inspired rotational, transformational, and foundational tours of duty, the truth about work/life balance for most successful entrepreneurs, what really goes on at clandestine Bilderberg Meetings, and much more. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

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Here on the show, we stress that knowing how to network will change your life — personally and professionally — for the better in every possible way. You’ll gain and maintain high-quality friendships. Promotions and higher income are more likely to come your way. Your kids will do better in school. Freezer-burned vanilla ice cream will taste like the finest Italian gelato — you name it! Which is why we offer the Six-Minute Networking course for free — you help us by listening to this show, and we want to return the favor. TLDR: Networking is crucial for success on any level.

As a cofounder of professional meet-and-greet platform LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman also knows a thing or two about the importance of networking — and the excuses people use to avoid it entirely.

“We live in a network age, so I think everyone needs a network,” says Reid. “And whether or not you’re a high school student or a massively successful CEO, the whole range, you need it. It affects what you learn because what should you be paying attention to? What should your considerations be about how the world’s changing? About what kind of opportunities and threats and possibilities all look like? The best place that comes from is your network. Yes, you can Google search and yes, you can read a lot and that’s nice to do, too, but the network helps you learn.”

And if you’re an entrepreneur, it doesn’t matter how good the products and services you have to offer are if you don’t have a network to spread the word about them.

“That’s the problem on the entrepreneurship side,” says Reid. “The same parallel is true for individuals. You may have done all this great work, but [what are] other people saying about it? What’s the way that you present it? What’s the way that people can understand it and get to know it — because, by the way, it’s a huge world. It’s eight billion people! How do you stand out against eight billion people?”

On his Masters of Scale podcast, Reid explores how the world’s most successful entrepreneurs take their companies from startup level to becoming household names — in a world of eight billion people. And if you listen to this episode in its entirety, you’ll learn how TaskRabbit’s Stacy Brown-Philpot grew grit selling newspapers as a kid on the mean streets of Detroit, what Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz learned during her time as a barista about unpacking the subtext of indirect feedback, why we should never waste a good crisis, what Reid picked up about complex human motivations and heroic teamwork from playing Dungeons & Dragons, insight about the millennial work ethic from Brit + Co’s Brit Morin, Reid’s notion of aligning goals between employers and employees of any generation with Star Wars-inspired rotational, transformational, and foundational tours of duty, the truth about work/life balance for most successful entrepreneurs, what really goes on at clandestine Bilderberg Meetings, and much more. This is part two of a two-part episode, so make sure to get caught up on part one here to experience the whole shebang!

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