#MotivationMonday: Winning


Mikhail Bell, ParkerMather, Maxoutlife, entrepreneurship
(L-R): John Doerr, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Pincus and Bing Gordon

On Friday I listened to one of the greatest talks for entrepreneurs. It is called “A Serious Take on Internet Gaming” by Mark Pincus and Bing Gordon. I recommend it to anyone with serious aspirations to manage  people, oneself or a business one day.

Mark Pincus is the c0-founder and former CEO of Zynga. The Wharton and HBS alum was ousted earlier this year after the company’s stock dramatically underperformed since its December 16, 2011 IPO. It opened at $11 per share and closed at about $3 per share on early July when he was let go.

Bing Gordon is a senior executive at Entertainment Arts, or EA, and more recently a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, colloquially known as Kliener Perkins among technophiles.

Anyhow, Pincus and Gordon pour out an ocean’s worth of advice to people who want to figure out their next steps. Pincus, who sold Support.com, is vulnerable about his “checkered past” at top companies. Gordon sagely dropped pithy quotes into the conversation. My favorite one is “We learn from the index not the Table of Contents.”

At one point, Pincus talks about his sometimes negative “inner dialogue”. While successful, even Wharton grads have a touch time keeping a positive mindset in the business world. How does he manage it? Well, he credits Tony Robbins with correcting his stinkin’ thinkin’. Pincus learned how to write a winning story for himself and jettison his negative thought patterns.

I will refrain from writing a three- or six-point addendum about how to create a winning story. However it starts with positive thinking. See the best  possible version of you and move toward it.

Remember the time you nabbed that awesome award in elementary school? What about the time your friends surprised you with a nomination for your otherwise overlook contribution to a cause? Recall the achievements you’ve diminished or forgotten.

You are a winner. You always have been and always will be. Now start acting like it!

– Mikhail

Editors note: I would like to thank Melissa Joy Kong for inspiring this post. She is an awesome person and a constant reminder of the richness that is possible in one’s life. 


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