How to Take Over the World

By Ben Wilson

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Anyone who has achieved greatness has, in part, patterned themselves after those who came before. Napoleon learned from Charlemagne, Charlemagne learned from Caesar, and Caesar learned from Alexander the Great. This podcast analyzes the lives of some of the greatest men and women to ever live. By examining their strategies, tactics, mindset, and work habits, How to Take Over the World helps you understand the great ones, so that you can follow in their footsteps.

Episode Date
Philip the Great: Endnotes
17:07

All my endnotes on Philip II of Macedon, including:

* Who was greater, Philip or Alexander?

* Why Athens really took over the world

* Other ways to take over the world.

* Why being Philip would have been a lot of fun.

* Shout out to my main source for the Philip episodes: Philip and Alexander by Adrian Goldsworthy

 

(Sorry about the faint scratching noise in the background, I'm on the road and not in my usual home studio.)

Jul 19, 2021
Philip the Great
01:14:48

Philip II of Macedon is best known as the father of Alexander the Great. But was he an even greater conqueror than his more famous son? On this episode, we explore the life and lessons of one of the greatest conquerors and statesmen of all time.

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Jul 13, 2021
Mansa Musa
21:45

Mansa Musa was possibly the richest man of all time, but there was something that mattered much more to him. Find out what it was and how he achieved it, on this episode of How to Take Over the World.

Special thanks to research assistant Jack Jowers.

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Jul 28, 2020
Frederick Douglass
38:36

Slave. Runaway. Abolitionist. Orator. Statesman. Legend.

On this episode, we explore how Frederick Douglass was able to go from the most challenging of beginnings to playing an integral role in the abolition of slavery in The United States.

Jul 03, 2020
Mini-Episode: The Greatest Poet of All Time: Gerard Manley Hopkins
07:29

A short anecdote about the greatest poet of all time, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and why some people might accidentally learn the wrong lesson from his life.

For more updates and information, find the podcast on Instagram at @HTTOTW or visit HTTOTW.com.

Thanks you to our sponsors at Taft. To support the show, go to Taft.com and use code HOWTO10.

Jun 12, 2020
Thomas Edison (Part 3)
38:25

All of my Edison notes that didn't make it into Part 1 & Part 2, including:

  • Edison vs. Tesla
  • Edison vs. Elon Musk
  • Puritanism and Edison
  • How Edison Went Deaf (Maybe)

Sources:

Edison by Edmund Morris

The Wizard of Menlo Park by Randall Stross

The Thomas A Edison Papers - Rutgers University

Empires of Light by Jill Jonnes

May 29, 2020
Thomas Edison (Part 2)
36:01

How did Thomas Edison rise from obscure origins in a frontier town in Michigan to become the most famous man of his age and one of the greatest inventors of all time? In part 2, we cover Edison's life from his invention of the light bulb to his death.

 

Sources:

Edison by Edmund Morris

The Wizard of Menlo Park by Randall Stross

The Thomas A Edison Papers - Rutgers University

Empires of Light by Jill Jonnes

May 22, 2020
Thomas Edison (Part 1)
43:26

How did Thomas Edison rise from obscure origins in a frontier town in Michigan to become the most famous man of his age and one of the greatest inventors of all time? In part 1, we cover Edison's life from his birth up through his invention of the phonograph.

 

Sources:

Edison by Edmund Morris

The Wizard of Menlo Park by Randall Stross

The Thomas A Edison Papers - Rutgers University

Empires of Light by Jill Jonnes

Apr 25, 2020
Mini-Episode: Catherine the Great
11:24

How did a German girl from a family of little note become one of the most powerful people in the world and one of the greatest rulers in Russian history?

On this mini-episode, we explore the life of Catherine the Great and the attributes that defined her life: Ambition and Adaptability.

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Oct 11, 2019
Mini-Episode: How Steve Jobs Got What He Wanted
05:18

This is the first-ever HTTOTW short. These 3-minute in-between-isodes will run during weeks when there isn't a new full episode. This is in addition to the regular length episodes, and these will not distract from or delay new full-length episodes.

This week's short features three stories from the life of Steve Jobs.

Let me know what you think of the new format by emailing Ben@HTTOTW.com.

Aug 06, 2019
The Wealthiest Family of All Time - The Rothschilds (Part 2)
41:00

How did the Rothschilds go from a poor family inhabiting a part-share of a home in a Jewish ghetto to the richest family of all time in less than 50 years? Listen to how they reach their zenith, and what has happened to the family since then.

Jul 12, 2019
The Wealthiest Family of All Time - The Rothschilds (Part 1)
51:05

How did the Rothschilds go from a poor family inhabiting a part-share of a home in a Jewish ghetto to the richest family of all time in less than 50 years? Listen to how their story begins on How to Take Over the World.

Mar 05, 2019
Julius Caesar (Part 4)
39:59

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Jun 05, 2018
Julius Caesar (Part 3)
33:10

Julius Caesar wraps up his conquest of Gaul and is forced to make the most crucial decision of his life.

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Apr 18, 2018
Julius Caesar (Part 2)
34:03

In Gaul, Julius Caesar gives a master class on how to demonstrate leadership and cultivate trust when you are tasked with leading a new team in a new environment.

Mar 23, 2018
Julius Caesar (Part 1)
01:00:47

In the first episode on the life of Julius Caesar, I analyze his rise and some of the fundamental character attributes that made him great, analyze some of the ways Caesar was like Steve Jobs and Napoleon, and look at his political strategies.

A big thank you to my sources, the biggest of which were Julius Caesar by Philip Freeman and Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy.

Feb 14, 2018
Vladimir Putin (Part 2)
49:25

In the second episode on the life of Vladimir Putin, I analyze his communication strategy, his vast wealth and why it doesn't matter, and the possibility that Putin orchestrated multiple false flag terrorist attacks within Russia.

Once again my main sources for this episode are "The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin" by Steven Lee Myers and "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin" by Masha Gessen.

Jan 26, 2018
Vladimir Putin (Part 1)
45:05

Vladimir Putin: Modern day czar, KGB man, billionaire, reformer, murderer. In part 1, we examine his rise to power. Tune in next Thursday for part 2.

Jan 16, 2018
Steve Jobs (Part 2)
01:07:26

The second episode on Steve Jobs explores his comeback and extremely successful second act. Again looking at his life, strategies, tactics, work habits, leadership style, and more.

 

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Dec 29, 2017
Steve Jobs (Part 1)
01:32:10

Today we're talking about Steve Jobs, the innovator, businessman, and technologist who has arguably shaped our world in the 21st century more than any other. I explore his life, strategies, tactics, work habits, leadership style, and more.

 

As always, go to HTTOTW.com to see more of my writing, learn more about the podcast, or sign up for my newsletter. Also, you can follow me on Twitter at @HTTOTW.

Dec 29, 2017
Napoleon Bonaparte
01:19:01

Today we're talking about Napoleon Bonaparte, the French general, reformer, innovator, and emperor. I explore his life, strategies, tactics, work habits, leadership style, and more.

 

As always, go to HTTOTW.com to see more of my writing, learn more about the podcast, or sign up for my newsletter. Also, you can follow me on Twitter at @HTTOTW.

Dec 29, 2017