Reid Hoffman started his professional life with the intention of becoming an academic.
But then he realized: “in order to be a professional scholar, you have to dedicate a vast majority of your career to writing esoteric books that only 50 people will understand.”
So instead, he got into the technology industry with a job at Apple, where he helped build eWorld, Apple’s version of America Online.
Next, he started a company called SocialNet. It failed.
Then Hoffman went on a long trip to Australia. There, he decided to create an Internet company.
It’s still around.
Today, it’s worth $19 billion – and Hoffman is its biggest shareholder.
It’s been a pretty impressive career. Want to know how Hoffman did it? Want to know the guiding principles he followed?
You’re in luck.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/career-advice-from-linkedins-founder-2013-3?op=1#ixzz2NMRseTWr