Reading teaches us a lot of things that we do not have the time to experience. There are so many things in the world, and our lifetimes are too short for us to be able to see and learn everything. That is why it makes sense for us to learn from what other people did – their successes and their failures; their mistakes and the things they did right.
Entrepreneurs can learn from everybody – from Alexander to Hitler. Alexander teaches us his organizational skills and his foresight. Hitler’s stories tell us about his people management skills (mobilizing a whole country against a certain race and motivating them to take on the world is no mean feat) and his oratorical skills. Mean though he was, he had some admirable qualities.
Indian history teaches us about a whole gamut of subjects – from what happens when you become a megalomaniac to what happens when you are a pushover. It teaches us about negotiating skills.
You just have to keep your eyes and ears open, and you will be surprised at how much you learn.