Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A CURIOUS MIND by Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer is a movie producer in Hollywood who teamed with Ron Howard on film projects like Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, The DaVinci Code, Inside Man, American Gangster, etc., and now the TV series Empire. His new book is A CURIOUS MIND, in which he says that curiosity is the key to his success. Life is about asking the right questions, not necessarily finding the answers. Einstein knew this. Dorothy Parker said, "The cure for boredom is curiosity." He recalls meeting Lew Wasserman, a movie mogel, who handed him a pad and pen and said, "Come back when you have something," (ideas), "because right now you got nothing." Desire and drive to be famous or powerful mean little without ideas, and ideas come from curiosity. Co-written with Charles Fishman, and read with sensitivity to the subject by Norbert Leo Butz, the audiobook includes an intro read by Grazer in the same humble tone that made what I thought was a surprising and interesting interview by Charlie Rose on PBS (which is why I wanted to hear this.) It's true--the most effective why to get points across or to challenge people (which he shows examples of doing even with Tom Cruise) is to ask a question. You learn something new in the process too! Van Cliburn and Burt Reynolds bios available Nov. 10. You can preorder any of these, too. Click on Downpour link. 

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