Daniel Pink: A Whole New Mind

While most people talk a lot about innovation and disruptive shifts, this guy keeps talking a lot about human. Why? Because humans are what consist a society, not technology.


Daniel Pink: Author and Speaker

Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.  In 2015, London-based Thinkers 50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world. Also, his TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views.One of the best authors in the world shares us his wisdom and creativity.

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-----Why did you decide to write a book? What was your first motivation? 


I felt like I had something to say that other people would be interested in. I also relished the challenge of taking on a difficult long-term project. Also, as someone who has always read a lot, I though it would be cool to have my name on a real book!



-----As you become successful, what has changed and what has remained the same?


First, thank you for considering me “successful.” I am not sure everyone, including myself, would agree. Over the last 20 years, what has changed a little is that I have a bit fewer financial pressures. What has not changed is that I remain intensely dissatisfied with what I do and how I do it and want to do better. 

 -----To live your own life, what do you need to remember? 


It does not matter what other people think — in part because they are probably not thinking about you!  



-----If you could start everything from scratch again without any resources but your wisdom, what would be the first thing you would do? 


Find as many talented people as I can and try to convince them to help me.



-----If you could make a call to 20-year-old Daniel Pink, what kind of advice would you give him?


Unfortunately, I do not think 20-year-old Daniel Pink would listen to my advice! He is much too certain he has it all figured out.  That said, I would explain to him that ambiguity is part of life and fighting it will not make it disappear. 



-----If you could leave a message to make the world a better place, what would be your message?


Assume positive intent.  Talk less and listen more. Think about your life from the perspective of a few years after your death and ask yourself how you want to be remembered.