Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Andrew Yang: Look for my wife and children to see who’s awake.
TG: What gives you energy?
AY: Technically, food. 😉 I love seeing people develop and become better over time.
TG: What’s your secret life hack?
AY: Marry the right partner.
TG: Name a book that changed your life.
AY: Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. It made me want to build great organizations.
TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
AY: I charge it in another room. I listen to Arianna!
TG: How do you deal with email?
AY: I need to be pretty on top of email, but I try to space it out throughout the day and take it very light on the weekends.
TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
AY: Catch up on current events. Right now, I’m writing a book so I look at my notes and see if I can push a particular idea forward.
TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
AY: There was a period not that long ago when the boys weren’t sleeping well for weeks on end and both home and work required a lot of energy. I caught a cold and had some travel mixed in. I wasn’t exercising or taking care of myself. Having young children is not easy, in my experience.
TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
AY: I fail all of the time. As a leader and a parent and as a partner. The only way to overcome the failures is to get up the next day and keep trying, and hope that you accomplish enough good that the failures are part of a much larger picture.
TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
AY: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Andrew Yang is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, a fellowship program that places top college graduates in start-ups for 2 years in emerging U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. Andrew has worked in start-ups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years. He was the CEO and President of Manhattan GMAT, a test preparation company that was acquired by the Washington Post/Kaplan in 2009. He has also served as the co-founder of an Internet company and an executive at a health care software start-up. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Morning Joe, Fox News, TIME, Techcrunch, the Wall St. Journal, and many other media outlets. Andrew was named a Champion of Change and a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by the White House for his work with Venture for America and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He is a graduate of Columbia Law and Brown University. Andrew’s first book, “Smart People Should Build Things,” was published by Harper Business in early 2014.
Originally published at medium.com