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Brian Grazer, one of Hollywood’s most successful producers, asks people lots of questions, and he always has. He quizzes the rich, the powerful, the famous, the royal and the ordinary. He produced – and his partner Ron Howard directed – A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Splash and 8 Mile among other films. Grazer also produced the TV show Arrested Development. He attributes his lifelong success amid Hollywood’s brutal power politics to his perseverance and his insatiable curiosity. From the beginning of his career, Grazer was not afraid to ask questions of anyone. His fearless curiosity propelled and sustained his rapid rise. He cites curiosity as the wellspring of many positive attributes, including courage, ambition and determination. Grazer and co-author Charles Fishman are engaging storytellers. They offer solid guidance on the application and utility of curiosity. Grazer’s ideas sometimes are as middlebrow as his films – and some are not quite the startling revelations he seems to believe. But the path of his career and the way curiosity informs it makes for fascinating storytelling. Of particular interest is the book’s final section, in which Grazer details encounters with Princess Diana, author Norman Mailer, studio head Lew Wasserman, then-Senator Barack Obama, and more. getAbstract recommends this engaging narrative to anyone interested in movies and to those cultivating ambition or curiosity.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How film producer Brian Grazer harnessed his insatiable curiosity;
  • What Grazer learned from his “curiosity conversations” with the famous and not-so-famous; and
  • How curiosity can fuel your career, motivation, courage, family and love life.

About the Authors

Brian Grazer produced the films A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Splash and 8 Mile, among others. Charles Fishman wrote The Wal-Mart Effect and The Big Thirst.



The Gift of Curiosity
Brian Grazer believes curiosity is a natural gift that parents and teachers should encourage in children at school, at home and in the broader culture. From the time of his first job in Hollywood, he contacted anyone who intrigued him. He initiated “curiosity conversations...

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    Edward Brown 2 years ago
    Great summary on the part of the Get Abstract team.
    On the part of the book itself, I am not impressed in the least. What Graizer calls "curiosity conversations" is just another way of saying he's pushy and likes to pick people's brains. There's nothing wrong with that necessarily, but it's MUCH easier to get sit-downs for "curiosity conversations" with Obama and Lady Di if you are big time movie producer than if you are just an average person. Furthermore, the summary says of a job that Grazer had at the start of his career that it "involved delivering legal papers around Warner Bros. Grazer could have just left each set of papers with a secretary or aide. He never did. He always insisted on delivering his papers to the recipient personally. Thus he spoke to many powerful, famous people in the movie business." Please. Perhaps that worked then and there. But here in today's real world, try going to the office of the most prominent executive in your area, telling the executive's assistant that you have important legal papers for the executive that you will only deliver personally AND THEN you also want to pick that executive's brains while the executive focuses all of their attention on you and ignores the legal papers you've just delivered.
    See how far you get with that.

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