A Curious Discovery
John S. Hendricks
Harper Collins; $28.99
This week I decided to review a non-fiction book I just finished, A Curious Discovery. It’s a memoir by John Hendricks, the man who founded the Discovery Network. He was inspired by documentaries he had seen, such as Walter Cronkite’s “Universe” series and Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos.” Once he shared this idea of a new cable network in February 1982 with his wife, Maureen, who is also an art quilter, there was no turning back, despite setbacks he encountered along the way. What was compelling to me was not just the story of the creation and expansion of the network, but how John focused on the “stations,” which he says all entrepreneurs pass through: curious observation; preparation; ignition of passion; idea; plan; people; brand. As I read his story, I thought about other entrepreneurs I knew who shared the same characteristics and how important “curiosity” is to starting and growing a business. And, the lessons that he shared can be used by all of us in building our businesses.
Look for the book at your book retailer. Here’s a link to Amazon if you would like to learn more about the book.