Yael Cohen is the founder, CEO, and self-described “Chief Cancer Fucker” of Fuck Cancer, a Vancouver-based charity dedicated to education about cancer detection. Here she is at our Most Creative People in Business party, which is currently in full swing in San Francisco!
“Geniuses produce a lot of crap before they get to the good stuff.”
When Jeremy Stoppelman founded Yelp, he didn’t expect to be at the helm of a billion dollar business. The odds were against him.
"At the time you don’t really realize what’s going on, you’re just trying to make something successful," he says. "The initial idea that we had didn’t actually work. We had to pivot quite substantially."
Pinterest’s new office is exactly what you’d think Pinterest’s office would be: Charming! Take a quick tour.
“The productivity of a person who’s working on something that they care about…is so much higher than someone who’s not.”
“I guess that’s the irony of it all. If you want to feel better about yourself and your life, stop focusing on yourself. It is so simple, but so hard for us to understand.”
“First, we need to stop dreading Mondays. If you really think about it, we have created a monster out of a day of the week, and the monster is so powerful that it even overpowers our Sundays. So, basically two of our seven days a week are ruined because of Mondays…”
"Be considerate and intentional with your life decisions. Rather than let life happen to you, author the story of your life. Author and philosopher Howard Thurman says it best with, ‘Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’"
“Mondays can be a day of inspiration, a day to celebrate the start of a new week. It gives us an opportunity to make the simple, yet paramount choice of how we want to live our life. What if every Monday was seen as a day to be better than we were the week before?”
“I literally don’t understand the concept of boring. I know that it’s out there. I know some people complain of boredom. But I have no idea what’s on their mind when they experience it. Are they are desensitized? Are they are too bombarded? Are they incapable of connecting to life? Because—wow!—life is actually pretty good.”
Gogol Bordello’s lead singer Eugene Hutz on why only boring people get bored.
“Always re-examine and reflect on where you are in your career at least every two years. Even if you’re perfectly happy with your job, the exercise forces you to check that you are actually enjoying your work and learning on the job rather than just being comfortable.”
Edmond Lau, who was an early engineer at Quora, offers advice that he received by way of a friend’s mento.
1. Are you truly living to your full potential?
2. What are you labeling as “bad” and how could you see it leading actually to a “good” end?
3. What cause is that quiet voice whispering to you about right now, calling you to be part of?
“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”
“You have got to read stuff outside your comfort zone, as well as doing things you love. You can pick up a business article, get a creative angle on it and find the solution in creativity.”
At The Hatchery's recent 2013 Women Leaders Summit, attendees had an opportunity to hear from highly accomplished women leaders including author Christine Comaford, President and CEO of Leader to Leader Institute Frances Hesselbein, and author and motivational speaker Carole Hyatt.
In a panel moderated by the Wall Street Journal's Gabriella Stern, the women offered their collective knowledge on topics ranging from discrimination (Hyatt couldn’t take out an American Express card to start her first business in 1960), to work-life balance, to failure. Fast Company's Cecelia Bittner had a chance to attend. Here's what she heard:
- According to Hesselbein, facing and overcoming failure requires a sense of exuberance that young people today are bringing into the work force. She describes it as a positive attitude that allows one to view a challenge not as a burden but as ”an opportunity to do something remarkable.”
- Hyatt said it’s all about how one handles the disappointment, explaining that an individual can choose to focus their energy on moving past and growing from event.
- When asked for 15-minutes of wisdom, Comaford shared the secret to influencing anyone. Emotional intelligence. Comaford explained that all humans crave one of three things: safety, belonging, or mattering. If you can figure out which of those things an individual needs, you can make them do what you want. (Comaford made the entire audience promise to only use that power for good.)
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