You never know what the answer to a question will be until you ask it. When Brian Koppelman, co-creator of the Showtime show Billions and co-writer of movies Rounders and Ocean’s Thirteen, put out a tweet and said he would appear on podcasts during the Coronavirus shutdown, I sent him an email. I never expected to hear back, but within 3 minutes of sending the message, he replied and said he would be “100 percent in.” Koppelman was gracious with his time and excited to share stories of his high school days and beyond. Some of the topics we discussed included
The impact that books can have at critical parts of your life
Involvement in different types of extracurricular activities that allowed you to span different peer groups
The need to listen to your instincts and the willingness to follow that voice toward work that makes you feel alive inside
The things that make people truly happy
The power of learning and using new words
So, it’s time to go all in, and listen to this wide-ranging conversation with Brian Koppelman.