I’ve started to read biographies. I used to hate them, especially autobiographies which are the most egotistical and narcissistic form of writing. But with biographies, I just realized I was reading about lame people.
But then I started reading this biography on Benjamin Franklin. Which, tbf, he did auto-biography but you can skip that. What I learned is that all of his famous experiments on electricity and the like happened in his 40s. Before this was his career as a printer. But all of the Franklin Stove and kite stuff was after he retired from printing. The famous picture of old-BF with the kite is not accurate, he was still pretty young when he did that.
Then, he started to get more into civil organizations. Some of the organizations he founded are still active today which is pretty impressive.
Anyway, from this audience the take away from BF is his multi-faceted interests which helped him in all areas.
The other bio I’m reading is on John Paul Jones, the founder of the American Navy. Who was Scottish, “accidently” killed some of his crew, was accused of piracy, helped the Russian Navy, and had other epic adventures. Most of y’all are land lubbers so I’m not sure this will appeal.