Globalization & technology has made the job market fiercely competitive. It is no longer the job market our parents had when coming out of college. The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, has been my guide to planning and managing my career.
In How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie goes over some timeless principles on how to win people to your way of thinking. Many highly successful people have attributed their success to Dale Carnegie, including Warren Buffet. For me, when I find that my relationships are lacking in any way I go back the following principles to remind myself to what I need to do.
1. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
2. Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say. “You’re wrong”
3. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
4. Begin in a friendly way.
5. Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.
6. Let the other person do a great deal of talking.
7. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
8. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view
9. By sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
This past Thursday, I got the opportunity to meet with Mark Zuckerberg and ask him some questions about his personal life at a Q&A at Facebook HQ. Here’s the video from the Q&A. You can see me ask Mark about his daily habits as well as the advice he would give his younger self at 33:30 Min in the video here.
This past June I had the opportunity to attend Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference. This year, Apple did something different. They decided to pick the attendees for this year’s conference through a lottery system. I was lucky enough to get picked.
It was my first WWDC and I had no idea what to expect. For me, the highlight of the event was meeting my heroes. I was able interact with people whose work I admired from afar. People like Jonny Ive, Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook, Eddy Cue and Phil Schiller.
For me, it was quite surreal to meet these folks but after having a conversation with them you realize they are just as human as you.
I recently found a lost video of an event that I hosted at my company’s office back from June 2010. When I founded Chillik Media back in June 2010 out of a business plan competition at my University, I was introduced to Sunjay Nath. Since then, I have built a mentorship relationship with him.
Here’s the presentation he did on “Perception and Success” at Chillik Media offices:
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