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 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children. One of the best authors in the world shares us his wisdom and creativity.
-----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 got successful, what has been changed and what has not been changed?
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 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 can make call to 20-year-old Daniel Pink, what kind of advice you would give to 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 can 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.