In this new series I ask really successful people 10 questions about their success and how they are able to motivate themselves again and again.
Andy Yang is the recent CEO of 500px. That’s a photo community founded in 2009 based in Toronto. The community has over 7 million registered users (January 2016).
Before he got the CEO of 500px he worked in technology as an investor, banker, consultant and advisor.
At this point a lot of thanks to Andy Yang for sharing his ideas with us.
When did you consider yourself a success?
I don’t. I think success is fleeting and the definition of success is always changing for each individual.
How has your idea of success changed compared to your idea of success at the age of 20?
My idea of success is less based on accumulation of money, status, wealth, or other material things. I now base how I measure success or progress on the positive difference and impact I make in people’s lives.
What are your success habits?
Drive for progress, grit + intellectual curiosity, and not taking myself too seriously – and no whining.
Why have you succeeded and not somebody else?
It’s all relative. People are placed in the right place at the right time, and then its up to you to work as hard as you can while you’re in that position.
What is your favourite quote?
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubts.
Can you recommend a book you have to read?
How do you push through your worst times?
Always remembering to be grateful for both the blessings – and the trials. What is the lesson here – and learn that lesson quickly so you can move forward.
If you could go back in your career and do something differently – what would it be?
I would have become an entrepreneur very early on.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
The challenge of solving unknown problems.
For what are you most grateful?
My family and my health.
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