Headspace: Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson: How I Built This with Guy Raz

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Andy Puddicombe was inspired to bring the power of meditation and mindfulness to more people. After ten years as a Buddhist monk, he partnered with Rich Pierson who had burned out at his job in London’s ad agency – fuelling what would become Headspace, an app that now boasts over $100 million annual revenue from users spanning 190 countries! Similarly driven by necessity Jensen Brehm & Nikolai Paloni capitalized on the potential for armless sunglasses when a fix for their broken pair turned into Ombraz Sunglasses. Is there anything you can’t do?

Today, Headspace and Ombraz Sunglasses are two of the most successful companies in the personal health and lifestyle space. Through their example, they’ve shown us that with a bit of creativity, commitment to solving problems, and a willingness to take risks, we can achieve our wildest goals. What’s more, they’ve demonstrated the value of bringing our unique perspective and unique experiences to the table. The power of creativity, inclusiveness, and collaboration is clear – no matter who you are or where you come from, your ideas can make a difference. So go on, take that risk and see what you can create! You never know what could be possible.

Sales get a bad rap.

But it's the most important skill you can develop.

Unlike being a star basketball player, sales can be learned by anyone.

Some people are born with more sales talent. But anyone can become world-class through learning and practice.

So, what is sales?

Whenever I get to a low point where I think “Why do I even bother?”

I just try to remind myself “This is where most people stop, and this is why they don’t win.”

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