April 4, 2020
How Billionaires THINK – Success Advice From the TOP

How Billionaires THINK – Success Advice From the TOP

– What’s up, Believe Nation? My name is Evan Carmichael,
my one word is believe, and I believe in people more than they believe in themselves. And my sincere hope is
that if you see in you what I see in you, you’ll go
off and change the planet. This is a new video today,
one we haven’t done before. It’s called How Billionaires Think: Success, Advice From the Top. There’s some key messages here that I hope you’ll take with you to
start seeing the world in a little different way, and some of that rubs off onto you to help you go off and do amazing things. Enjoy. (swooshy music) – I advise students, as much as possible, look for the job you would
take if you didn’t need a job. I mean, don’t sleepwalk through life and don’t say it’s all
going to be great, you know, I’ll do this and I’ll
do that and, you know, I’m just marking time
till I get to be older. I’ve told people, that’s
like saving up sex for your old age, I mean, it’s just, it is not a good idea. (laughter) Yeah, yeah, yeah. (clapping) – What are you urging them to do? – I’ll explain it. Here’s what I’m talking about. (laughter) You really want to be
doing what you love doing and you can’t necessarily
find it on your first job. – [Interviewer] Right. – But don’t give up before you find it. – First of all, I really
sort of of thought, like, how can I provide advice
that would be most helpful and I’m not sure I’ve given
enough thought to give you the best possible answer,
but I think, certainly, being focused on something
that you’re confident will have high value to someone else and just being really rigorous
in making that assessment, because people tend to, natural human tendency
is wishful thinking. So, a challenge for
entrepreneurs is to say, well what is the difference between really believing in your
ideals and sticking to them versus pursuing some unrealistic dream that doesn’t actually have merit. – [Interviewer] Right. – That is a really difficult thing to, can you tell the difference
between those two things. – [Interviewer] Right. – So, you need to be sort of, very rigorous in your self-analysis. I think certainly extremely tenacious, and then just work like hell, I mean, you just have to put in, you know, 80-100 hour weeks, every week. – That’s a lot of work. – And then, all those things
improve the odds of success. – [Interviewer] OK, great. – If other people are
putting in 40 hour work weeks and you’re putting in 100 hour work weeks, then, even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that in one year, you
will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve. – You just have to try different things and even if 99% of them fail, you only have to be right one time. You don’t have to figure
it all out in advance. You can be wrong, you can
pick the wrong career, or you can pick the wrong job, you can pick the wrong spouse, you can pick the wrong whatever, but you get it right one time, you’re set. But, if you don’t try, and if you don’t go out there and try all
those different things you’ll never get that one time. And so, it’s not a question of, OK, how much different stuff do I do, or how many different
things should you try? Try them all. Try them all till you
find the one you like. And then it’s like, it gets real easy, ’cause even when (omitted) (omitted) up, you’re on a mission, you’re
loving what you do, you know. And then it gets easy, and
so that’s just the approach I’ve always tried to instill in people who work for me, and myself. – So, it’s easy to have ideas, it’s very hard to turn an idea
into a successful product. There are a lot of steps in between, and it takes persistence, relentlessness. So, I always tell people
who are, you know, who think they want to be entrepreneurs, you need a combination of
stubborn relentlessness, and flexibility, and you have
to know when to be which. And basically, you need to
be stubborn on your vision, because otherwise it’ll
be too easy to give up, but you need to be very
flexible on the details because as you go along
pursuing your vision, you’ll find that some of your
preconceptions were wrong. And you’re going to need to be
able to change those things. So, I think taking an idea successfully all the way to the market
and turning it into a real product that people care about and that really improves people’s lives is a lot of hard work. – I actually spend a bunch of time analyzing and reflecting on why it was that we were even able
to do it because all, like all reason suggests that we shouldn’t have been able to do it, right, because all these other companies had way more engineering power, and servers and time and
money and all this stuff. And I actually think that this
is a pretty instructive thing for anything that you want to go do, because the same property
is going to be true for anything that you guys start, is that someone else is
going to have more resources and be able to do it. The reason why I think
we actually ended up being the ones doing it is because we just cared way more about it than everyone else, right? So, there were always projects at some of these other companies
that were these hobbies, but we always thought that it was this really important thing and really just like felt
in our gut, in our heart, that we wanted to do it. You know, early on there were always these skeptics saying that,
uh, this can’t be a business, we didn’t actually care that much about it being a business early on. But a lot of the reason
why bigger companies didn’t invest in it was because it wasn’t clear that there was a model that would work for it. – [Interviewer] It seemed like a bad idea. – Yeah, and I actually
think that that’s true for a lot of the best ideas, where it is that it’s not
that someone else can’t do it, they actually can, and the odds are stacked against you, but I think often that belief in the fact that you just care so much
about what you’re doing is the only thing that kind
of drives you to do it. And, you know, to be honest, that kind of drives me
to this day, I mean, one of the big emphasis points
for the company right now is Internet.org, and you know, for awhile we had this rallying cry of, can we connect a billion
people and, you know, when we started talking about that, we thought that was crazy, right? It was way bigger than
any service in the world that had been built, and, you know, it was ten digits long, right, it felt crazy, we’d never get to that. But then, the thing is as we started to actually get closer to that, we took a step back and
we were like, alright, well our mission isn’t actually to get one in seven people in
the world to be connected, we want to connect everyone. So, it’s a big issue that only
around a third of the people in the world have access to the internet, and that’s something that we think that we can do something about, and similar to early Facebook, there’s no business model around this. I mean, all the people who have
all the money in the world, I mean it’s not necessarily a fair thing, are already the people who
are on Facebook, right? It’s in the first, you
know, seventh of the world, but we just believe really strongly, it’s like this is what we are here to do, this is what our company
cares about, I care about it, the team cares about it,
our culture cares about it. So, we’re just going to keep pushing on it and I actually think a lot of the reason why great stuff gets built is because it’s kind of
irrational at the time. So, it kind of selects for the people who care the most about it doing it. – We are not a company that
normally China call on, we call ourselves a
company running a platform, a company that is running an ecosystem. We are almost everywhere, people say, Jack, you know you
are in the B to B and B to C and you’re calling C to B on finance and online payment,
logistics, cloud computing, you are everywhere. Not because we’re greedy,
not because we want to do it, because we have to do it. If we do not do it, China e-commerce in the years will collapse. I remember nine years ago
when I started Alipay. People said, Jack, don’t
touch the financing sector, ’cause it’s illegal, you may be in prison. And we thought to ourselves,
if we don’t do it, the China e-commerce will
always, like a chat room, everybody say, it’s a good
thing and I don’t pay, you don’t get the things. So, I say, well, put me in the prison, let’s make sure that Alipay,
the payment solution, works. And people said the payment
solution is such a stupid idea, it’s an escrow service. I pay, you hold the money,
and you get the things, you pay the money, if you
don’t get the things you want, return the money. They said it’s a stupid
product, and I say, as long as it’ll solve the problem, I like stupid things, you know. Let’s make stupid things smart,
keep on improving every day. – Everything I did I
was following something I really cared about, something I loved, something I was passionate about. And I kept following that
passion, whether it was cars, whether it was anthropology, whether it was art, photography. And eventually it led
me to my huge passion, my real passion, which was making movies, which combined all of those things. And I realized that had I gone on to get my degree in Anthropology I would have probably made
anthropological movies in New Guinea or someplace and eventually been on
National Geographic and, you know, The History Channel, and then making features
and I had done Star Wars just the same. If I’d have gone to arts center,
and become an illustrator, I would have probably
started doing animation and doing animated films
and making animated things, and then ultimately I would have gone on and been right where I was. So, no matter which route I took, because I cared about all of them, they all led to the same place. Had I done what my father
had wished me to do, which is to go into the office
equipment business with him, which I knew I wasn’t going
to do, I knew I hated that, my life would have been unpleasant. And, so I think it’s very important not to do what your peers
think you should do, not do what your parents
think you should do, or your teachers, but
to do what you inside or even your culture thinks,
but do what’s inside you. – Then what’s your advice to these small business founders today? – Work hard, you’re
going to need some luck, but the harder you work
the luckier you get. And if it doesn’t work out,
that’s not the end of the world. I just don’t have anything in common with people that sit there and say, oh, my God, it was terrible, so, it’s water over the dam, under the bridge, get on with it and start
another business the next day or another career. And be honest, look in a mirror and say, why didn’t it work out? Well, it wasn’t the
skill set, or it wasn’t, I didn’t have the temperament for it, or I was in the wrong place, wrong time, maybe I can afford to do
it again, maybe I can’t. But, people aren’t honest with themselves. What I’ve always done is
I’ve taken a yellow pad, I draw a line down the middle, write out the pros on one
side, the cons on another, in the sense that if I let you see it you wouldn’t laugh at me. And, then when I get done, I just rip it up and throw it away because I’ve worked out
in my mind what is real and what isn’t and what
I can present to people and what I can’t. – I mean, what made you single handedly decide to replenish America’s bison herd? – Save everything. Remember, I’m supposed to
be shooting for something that’s impossible to have
happen in my lifetime. – [Interviewer] And he
has done the impossible. Many times, like the 1979 Fastnet Race off the coast of England. A massive storm whipped up winds and waves that left 15 sailors dead. To this day, it’s considered
the most dangerous ocean race, ever, and Ted didn’t just survive, he won. And that’s where we
started our conversation about his amazing life. Was there ever a moment that you thought you wouldn’t make it? – No, but I didn’t spend
a whole lot of time thinking about not making it. I was trying to figure
out how to keep going. – Where you afraid? – No. – Did you ever think of not
going through with the race? Was it ever-? – Dropping out? Hahaha, no way. That would have been like
dropping out with CNN. – My goal is to simplify complexity. I just want to build stuff that really simplifies our
base human interaction. Twitter was around communication and visualizing what was happening
in the world in realtime. Square was allowing everyone
to accept the form of payment that people have in their pocket today, which is a credit card. So, we’ve built the simplest
way to accept credit cards and it’s just this little, tiny device that we give away for free, and you just download some
software from the app store and you plug it in to your
mobile phone or your iPad. Then, suddenly, you can take credit cards, so if you’re a tax accountant,
or a lawyer, or a doctor, or even a hair stylist, you
can now accept credit cards. – Thank you guys so much for watching! I’d love to know, what did you think? Did you enjoy this video, did
you take something from it? What was your favorite point, do you want to see the
series continue or not since this is a brand new test for me. Let me know, leave it down
in the comments below. Thank you guys so much for
watching, I believe in you. I hope you continue to
believe in yourself, and whatever your one word is, much love. I’ll see you soon. (swooshy music)

100 thoughts on “How Billionaires THINK – Success Advice From the TOP

  1. I believe your doing good thing for us to be able to draw the road map to success and what we love to do. Thanks.

  2. Evan ur the great guy share good energy to people who wanna be success their life thank you and keep going for share more energy
    Hopefully u have great day and again thank you.

  3. all the poor people work hard to make these people so rich. i wish third world war start by and make even from the begining, fuck capitilism.

  4. I believe that the only thing that is going to save this so called human existence is that all billionaires that are of sadistic/psychopathic/faschist nature are stripped of their money…

    & Jack Dorsey —- SIMPLIFY COMPLEXITY! Innovation for realistic solutions that work 🙂
    Thanks Carmicheal

  6. I loved hearing abt doing what you feel like doing and going a little bit crazy pple may not understand you but deep inside you feel it is your that brings victory

  7. Please continue this series Evan. This was helpful and its great to be able to cross reference the beliefs of billionaires to our own.

  8. MAn! TY so much. I just loved your video, it has a lot of huge phrases… my favorites ones were:
    I don't spend time thinking I'm not going to do it, I just have in mind "How I can keep on going"
    Let's make stupid things smart

  9. what a nice fella evan is he struck me as a very genuine person. Being genuine is a dying quality now I just wish we could all take something from this video, I certainly have, so thank you Mr Carmicheal .

  10. Love your videos Evan, thanks for taking the time to put them together, I know these things take a lot of time and effort to do. Cheers Gerry Kelly 🙏

  11. Every day I learn something new that will help me to my progress I think the first time I get this chance to learn and do something new and this great support is most important for me.with high technology.

  12. Loved it Evan! Please keep them going. I really took something from Mark Zuckerberg's part today. Sometimes I talk myself out of my dream because of my lack of resources and this totally changed my perspective on it. Helped me alot! Different way to look at it. Blessings!

  13. Awesome stuff. Iam learning a lot. I have my little busy as an occupational therapist assistant. Iam learning how to grow my business. Thx for the info.

  14. My enemies would eat it if I was a billionaire – – many of the billionaires on the list. It's probably why I'll never be free of their tyranny

  15. Dear Michael, you should name your channel Believe College. Thanks a lot for the benefit you are spreading . ( Care the most about it ) and ( Execute you idea) are the two principles that I am adopting in my life these days especially in my new entrepreneurial project

  16. Here's the REALEST advice from someone working their way up. Don't start working hard until you're found your true interest. Once you've found that true passion for something, work 8hours per day on it and you will achieve your goals. Guaranteed! This method cannot fail.

  17. So great..Please continue….My favorites points are:.."Don't sleepwalk through life" , "try different things" and never give up

  18. Evan, Your videos are awakening the sleeping giant (Greatness) that I have inside!! I’m starting to really BELIEVE in myself and ALL the Unlimited Possibilities That GOD has for ME!!!!

  19. What separates these people from the rest of the people on the planet is 01. there drive is extremely high .
    02. They do not take no for an answer …

  20. All of these guys seem to have simple minds; the difference is they believe in something and are relentless until it is accomplished…then they keep on perfecting…continually…

  21. Note to myself:

    0:39 Don't sleepwalk through life – Warren Buffett.
    Find the job that you will do even you don't need it.

    1:35 Be rigorous in self analysis – Elon Musk.
    Work like hell, put in 80-100 hour weeks.

    3:18 Try out different things – Mark Cuban.

    4:16 Execute your idea – Jeff Bezos.

    5:20 Care the most about it – Mark Zuckerberg.

    7:58 Solve big problems – Jack Ma.
    Let's make stupid things smart, keep on improving everyday.

    9:28 Follow your passion – George Lucas.

    11:00 Be honest with yourself – Michael Bloomberg.
    The harder you work, the luckier you get. If it doesn't work out, analyze and find solution. No need to blame anyone or anything.

    12:05 Keep going – Ted Turner.
    No need to focus on bad results that have not yet happened, but focus on how you can keep going.

    13:22 Simplify complexity – Jack Dorsey.

  22. a great way to get persepctives on how truly important things get done. The mindset indeed comes before visible results.

  23. And you need a hell of a lot of luck along the way! remember these people could have been you and me, in the right place at the right time, its just sheer luck of the draw really!

  24. #BTA44

    Good stuff. I'd be typing past my bedtime, if I wrote down all my thoughts on it. Thanks for putting this together.

  25. Burn the bridge to negative people and carry on to your goals do not give those bad people a chance to put you down.

  26. I love Elon Musk his positive wisdom along with the rest of the billionaires did it for me. I'm on the quest to hit multi-billionaire status and multi-trillionaire status

  27. Thank you for having the initiative to put this type of information together to help people grow. Great job! ❤️❤️❤️

  28. Keep doing a good job.
    Like those on your videos, they and you motivate me to keep going, never give up to succeed
    Thank you

  29. I wrote every day and too much everyday but today it is too late because of today I thought that how much I do my target quickly and make some action plans but it is something difficult but not hard because of the day passes but morning, will come back. Everyday is not good sometimes it may be bad, I agree and experience it many times.
    Sometimes the students think that if he would be failed in the exam he will died himself but this is not the end of the life, life is always experiments It is not natural death of his life,
    In my case today is simple I don't take it bother I have multiple planning on above target my quick plan is slightly slower but not stop. I take care myself and another action plans held in my mind and think about it so many things to improve myself therefore my mind going on that way and prepare for the next few days later on I will do my main targets.so how to live life that is our and in our hands so I remember the best quote that "WILL WILL FIND A WAY" my believing is continuing to my way and my target. I think this is the best examples of how to be practical in some circumstances.if we are practical nothing is impossible.sometimes we have to make it practical in our lives and in life according to the situation. It will going easy for me.

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