Episode 29 – Ulysses S. Grant with Elizabeth Samet

Sean’s guest today is Elizabeth Samet, a professor of literature at West Point.  She has a new book out, the annotated Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.

In this episode, Samet reveals the compelling narrative of Grant’s life with its significant highs and lows.  Grant goes from being a destitute shopkeeper in his father’s leather goods store to becoming the commanding general of the union army during the Civil War, and he leads that army to victory in a brilliant campaign.  Along the way we draw out leadership lessons, we can apply to our own lives and to investing.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The importance of bouncing back from setbacks in life
  • Why moral courage is so important to leadership
  • How a unique mix of humility and confidence can drive your career
  • How remaining calm under pressure can have a dramatic impact on your leadership and investments
  • Why writing style – to write so plainly that you can never be misunderstood – can help your career
  • The courage to take calculated risks
  • The importance of making decisions with the information you have

Books & Resources

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