Michael Lewis Reveals The Secret To His Success

November 14th, 2011

Business Insider
By Lisa Du
November 14, 2011

With a knack for turning boring business topics into page-turning bestsellers and local heart-warming stories into the subject of Oscar-winning movies, Michael Lewis has become a darling of both the general public and industry professionals on Wall Street.

Do we even need to name anything on his long list of well-known books? See: Liar’s Poker, The Blind Side, Moneyball and The Big Short.

So we were pretty excited when a a Los Angeles Times profile on Lewis this weekend revealed some new facts about the author, including how he developed such an amazing talent for telling stories:

  • He attributes his knack for storytelling to being from New Orleans — the Cajun-Creole culture was key in teaching him how to “spin a story.” He told the LA Times: “But everybody tells stories in New Orleans. A New Orleanian ran Goldman Sachs in the golden age of Goldman Sachs, [Gustave] “Gus” Levy. And I think it’s because he really emerged from New Orleans with an advanced degree in spinning…. . And the financial world is all about that.”

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