In This Intimate Interview, Jeff Bezos Shares an Incredible Lesson in Emotional Intelligence
Amazon’s CEO gives understanding to how and why he became an inventor and entrepreneur.
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This past weekend Jeff Bezos was interviewed by his brother at the Summit LA17 and spoke, amongst other things, about becoming an inventor and entrepreneur. His insights were an extraordinary exercise in emotional intelligence.
When speaking about becoming an inventor, Bezos explained the flaw with becoming an expert in your field is at that you are "trapped by knowledge," and that the beauty happens when you approach things with childlike curiosity, according to TechCrunch.
When you think about it, it's really incredible that the richest man in the world thinks this way.
Ego is too often intertwined in success. Especially success of his magnitude.
Most entrepreneurs aim to be the epitome of what it means to appear "successful," and this stereotypical image is far from childlike. In a few sentences, Bezos reminds us of the flaw of becoming a master in your field.
He reminds us too that when you start feeling like you know too much, and stop prioritizing your curiosity and learning, you do a disservice to yourself.
When speaking about starting Amazon, Bezos explained that he did not know he was ready to leave his job as a software developer on Wall Street when he came up with concept of an online bookstore.
After reflecting, he decided he needed to choose a path filled with minimal regret. Bezos continued to explain that when you make a bad or wrong choice, that you feel guilty, and even feel grief. But regret often comes from not making a choice, and or missing an opportunity.
"If it [Amazon] failed, I would be very proud when I was 80 that I tried," Bezos stated.
Bezos displays a great life lesson here, but he also shows the power of emotional intelligence and what it means to be self aware.
At the age of 30, Bezos was able to understand what he prioritized as a human. He understood that for him failure was okay, but not trying wasn't.
This kind of awareness and emotional intelligence is what gives people the courage to do crazy but brilliant things--like leave their well-paying job and start an online bookstore.
Jeff Bezos was candid on stage, and he was happy to talk about his upbringing, the decisions he makes as a father, and his perspectives on becoming an entrepreneur (both in space and here on earth).
Clearly, the theme through it all is to stay true to yourself. Bezos does an incredible job of balancing his accomplishments with humility, and provides himself the option to keep growing, learning and trying new things.
The world has a lot to learn from Jeff Bezos, but in this interview he showed specifically how his high level of emotional intelligence has paid off in his long journey to the top.
BY Amanda Pressner Kreuser