Corner Office – At AdMob, a C.E.O. With a Portable Desk – Interview – NYTimes.com

Q. What’s your best career advice?

A. Don’t be afraid. What I mean by that is lots and lots of decisions are made by fear and they’re made by people who think they have more to lose than they actually have to lose.

When you’re just graduating from college, there are so many people who want to start something. They’re worried if I do this I can’t get a job, how will I live, this and that. They have very little at that point that is really going to be risked for them to sort of make a bold try.

I mean, ultimately, if it doesn’t work out, if they were employable in the first place, they’ll still be employable afterward, and they’ll be able to do something. They aren’t going to live in a cardboard box in the street.

I think business school students are comical in this area. If you go to business school or probably law school or any professional school with these highly motivated people, they are stressed out of their minds. Like, they’re going to be homeless if they don’t get an internship in the summer.

You’re going to be O.K. But everybody just has a very hard time calculating the actual risk. People just greatly miscalculate risk, in my opinion. They are too afraid of things.

Felt like this was a good quote for the day. I find that despite spending a decent amount of time noticing my own fears and trying to work through them, I think that I still tend to largely act out of fear. My goal isn’t to get rid of the fear, it is to step into it more…you can’t be courageous without a fear to face.

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