If you could have a billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say and why?
Jerzy Gregorek, weightlifter:
“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” In every di cult moment, ask yourself what is a hard choice and what is an easy choice and you’ll know instantly what is right.
What is a bad recommendation you hear?
Terry Crews, actor:
“Work hard to beat the competition.” The truth is that competition is the opposite of creativity. If I’m working hard to beat the competition, it actually prevents me from thinking creatively. This competitive mindset destroys people. You need the success of everyone in your eld in order to achieve your own success. Creativity operates differently. You work hard because you’re inspired to, not because you have to. Work becomes fun and you have energy because this life is not a young man’s game. It’s an inspired person’s game.
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?
Dustin Moskowitz, Facebook co-founder:
Body Back Buddy by the Body Back Company. It allows you
to administer self-massage anywhere on your back with the full leverage of two hands. It only costs $30, so I have several: one for the living room, on at the office and a collapsible version for traveling.
What books have greatly in influenced your life?
Kelly Slater, professional surfer:
The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity, by Daniel Reid. It’s almost a personal health bible. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran was one of the first spiritual books I read as a teenager. It made me think about my point of view and helped me really see the whole picture.
What is a quote you live by?
Max Levchin, CEO of Affirm:
“Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt.” It’s a quote from Ronin and a laconic reminder to always be decisive in battle and business and to trust your gut. When you aren’t sure about someone, odds are exceedingly low that your mind will be changed for the better.