What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from the CIA
James Bond. Everyone can quote how he takes his drink, name his signature car, and the letter designated to his boss.
The world of James Bond is fast, sexy, and alluring.
And, it quite possibly couldn’t be further from the truth.
Even so, James Bond will always hold a special place in my heart because he was my gateway drug into my fascination of spies. I grew up wanting to be James Bond. Instead of Armani suits I’d wear Versaci dresses. The confidence. The swagger. The sex appeal. Who doesn’t want to be James Bond?!
Even though Bond’s campy character bears little reflection to real life, he is the catalyst for the majority of our interest into the spy world. I was just one of those people who took that curiosity a little further than most.
In all of my interviews with master influences - hostage negotiators, con-artists, pick-up artists, trial attorneys, law enforcement interrogators, etc. - I have to confess that my favorite interviews have been with CIA agents and others in the intelligence community (aka spies).