Mitzvah Maker – David

DavidJews live by a common book, what other books do you recommend?
I’m a HUGE reader. Here are a few of my many favorites for the entrepreneur inside of us:

  • Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Linchpin by Seth Godin

…and hey I will throw mine in for good measure! Smarter, Faster, Cheaper by, umm, me.

How did you Rise to the Top?
I’m definitely not at the top, but I’m proud that my web show RISE now gets over 100,000 viewers a month. Folks tune in to learn the stories of the world’s most creative and passionate entrepreneurs. For me, the key was creating a show, interviewing interesting people and spreading the word.

Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Usually hanging out with my fiancee. I’m a big sports fan and also enjoy musical theatre. How about that for a contrast?

What does being a successful professional Jew mean to you?
My hope is always to inspire others. Young and young-at-heart. Jewish and non-Jewish. It is a special feeling when someone tells me I inspired them to do something.

How can we get our book sold at Barnes and Nobles?
Be awesome :)

Which biblical character best portrays the qualities of Smarter, Faster, Cheaper?
Definitely David in David vs. Goliath. It is one of the best metaphors for out-hustling the dumber, slower, expensive competition.

What is the best part about being a Jewish author?
Probably being invited to speak at the Jewish Book Festival this year. I would say the average age was about 85 years old…however, it was awesome and an honor.

What’s next?
If I had that answer, I’d already be bored.

What’s your favorite Jewish food and why?
Latkes for sure. Reminds me of childhood and presents. And who doesn’t love presents?