The founder of Pinterest and other lessons not from The Art Of War

Ben Silbermann took his habit of collecting things to the next level when he co-founded virtual pinboard site, Pinterest, in 2010.

Now worth $12 billion, the idea for Pinterest came due to Silbermann’s hobby as a kid of collecting dried insects and pinning them on a board.

After graduating from Yale Univeristy, Silbermann worked as a consultant, then as a Product Specialist for Google, before pursuing his own business interests. Now worth an estimated $1.6 billion, maybe we should all start looking at our weird childhood habits in a different light.

Best Things Ever Said That Aren’t From The Art Of War

“Really great people, they actually want to work on hard problems… a lot of the most talented and driven people, they’re not super deterred by failure.”
– Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”
– Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance

“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”
– Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

“Anything that is measured and watched, improves.”
– Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy

“Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.”
– Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

“See things in the present, even if they are in the future.”
– Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.”
– Michael Dell, chairman, and CEO of Dell

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
– Japanese Proverb

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”
– Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox

“Don’t take too much advice.”
– Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
– Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company

If Google teaches you anything, it’s that small ideas can be big.
– Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest

 

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