One of my favorite questions to ask first-time entrepreneurs is "What are you reading?" It always surprises me when the answer is a puzzled look, then a mental reach for CNN.com, or the New York Times.
About a year ago, my friend Chris Muscarella encouraged me to start reading Paul Graham's blog. I had never heard of Paul or his investment vehicle, Y Combinator. But Chris was so passionate about it that I took the time to find Paul's blog and haven't stopped reading since.
Now when asked, "What are you reading?", you can now say "I'm reading Paul Graham."