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Are You a Maker or Are You a Taker?


There are two types of people in this world: makers and takers.

Today, we’re going to talk about social pressures, conformity, and the “last biscuit” controversy. So, what that is, at dinners and all around the place, is this last piece of cheese or this last piece of pizza, and everyone’s eating it the same way, and all of a sudden it goes whoop, and they don’t have the last piece of whatever it is.

Everyone feels like it’s not socially responsible to eat the last piece because that could be someone else who ate less, especially if you’ve been gluttonous at the time, but no one wants to take the last piece.

“No, you have it.”

“You have it.”

“Oh, no, you have it.”

“Oh, we’ll halve it. We’ll halve it.”

That’s a great outcome to halve it if there’s two people, but you have to think about how this applies to your business. Are you the type of person that takes the first piece? Or are you the type of person that takes the last piece? Or you take the first piece and you thought, “Someone will take the last piece, but you can be the gluttonous guy.”

Depending on how you are in business, most leaders and everyone else that I know in business, that’s doing well in business, has done well because they’ve fed their staff, they’ve fed their family in their business before they put food on the table for themselves. They’ve taken the last bit, if there is a last bit to be taken. Sometimes they don’t eat, and that isn’t a metaphor.

If you are the type of person that goes, “Stuff that, I’m going to take the first piece,” you can still go along in business quite well. You have to think, though, are you a maker or are you a taker?


Makers are the people that make things happen. They make things. They make inventions. They make processes. They make environments that are friendly for people to work in. They make all of this cool stuff.


Takers are the ones that take it from them. Takers will look at what you’ve made, and they’ll take it, and they’ll use it, and then they will exploit it.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a taker or a maker.

Both are very profitable, but a maker is generally not as profitable as a taker.

A good example of a historic maker would be Nikola Tesla—not the Tesla dude with his cars at the moment, he’s a different guy. Elon Musk made a vehicle called the Tesla, annoyingly.

Nikola Tesla made lots of stuff. In your home, there’d be dozens of things made by Nikola Tesla. Your home is powered by the things that he created. Your microwave has technology from Nikola Tesla. Your radios, your mobile phones, all sorts of stuff have stuff from Nikola Tesla. He made lots of stuff. He died poor with pigeons.

That’s very different from the story of someone like Thomas Edison, who didn’t make the light bulb. He made a version of the light bulb that wasn’t very good and then used engineers’ knowledge to refine it and make it better. Again, there’s nothing wrong with doing that, but he had a different mindset—a modern, recently deceased, maker verse taker.

What Do You Think?

I would like to see what you guys think. Do you think Elon Musk is a maker or a taker? Do you think Bill Gates is a maker or a taker? And, do you think Steve Jobs was a maker or a taker? Something to think about. I’ll let you know in the next episode. Thank you.

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