I finished reading When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man, the autobiography of Jerry Weintraub. He basically tells his story of going from obscurity to fame and success. You can read a brief synopsis on the book at Amazon. What I will say about it is that it was very entertaining. Now for the educational side of things, I can’t say this was a how-to book on becoming crazy successful in the entertainment biz.
But what it did teach me was to take chances. Jerry would do some pretty ballsy stuff. And he had a lot of luck. He made friends along the way. Those friendships gave him momentum. So each friendship was a brick in the building of success. The important thing is his friendships were genuine, they were not just for the purposes of becoming successful. He is very personable, and if you like someone you are much more likely to help them.
The book is definitely worth the read.