Robert L. Ripley was an extremely interesting man. Through many challenges in his life, Ripley created the Believe It Or Not! brand that’s become world famous.
Not only that, Ripley was one of the first to globe trot around the world. In the end Ripley traveled to 201 countries in 31 years.
He was a true oddity.
Neal Thompson recently wrote a Robert Ripley biography. This biography was called A Curious Man: The Strange & Brilliant Life Of Robert “Believe It Or Not!” Ripley. Coming in at 373 pages, A Curious Man was a fascinating read that opened up the life of Robert Ripley like nothing I’d read before.
Ripley’s life wasn’t pleasant. He didn’t always do things by the books. And he definitely made many mistakes. Yet his life can teach us valuable leadership lessons.