Pierre Omidyar

A Quote by Pierre Omidyar on wealth, conscious capitalism, and success

My personal wealth is far beyond what any normal human being will ever need in their lifetime for themselves, for their family, for their descendants for generations. You know, a small, small piece of what I have is enough for that. And so the rest of it, I don't want to see it go to waste. So I have a responsibility to make sure it's put to good use. And you know, I feel I'm benefiting from the market success of a great business that has been built by regular, ordinary people who are logging on every day and doing business with one another. And you know, that's something that I have to give back. I have to do it. I have to make sure that that wealth is put to good use.

Pierre Omidyar

Source: Academy of Achievement: Pierre Omidyar Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/omi0int-1

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A Quote by Pierre Omidyar on community, conscious capitalism, and business

If we can help people reconnect with their communities, I think we can work together as a global community and solve the world's problems. You know, it's a bit idealistic, but we're really looking for second order effects in what we're doing. In other words, if we can just get people to just reconnect with their community. Just realize that you're an individual, but you have a responsibility to be part of your community, and that responsibility is not just a burden, but it also comes with benefits that are real tangible benefits that you'll see, being a part of that community. Then just think, if everyone thought like that, you could actually tackle local community problems, homelessness, health care. I mean, just serious problems, and you could tackle global problems as well, because we now have -- again we have a global communications medium, and communities are being built, not just in the real world but in the virtual world as well. So I'm very hopeful that the reconnection with community that I -- actually, frankly, I first became passionate about it because of eBay -- because I saw it happen on eBay, I am very hopeful that that reconnection is going to dramatically improve the world.

Pierre Omidyar

Source: Academy of Achievement: Pierre Omidyar Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/omi0int-1

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A Quote by Pierre Omidyar on passion, business, work, and success

You should pursue your passion. If you're passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you'll be successful. If you start a business because you think you're going to make a lot of money at it, then you probably won't be successful, because that's the wrong reason to start a business. You have to really believe in what you're doing, be passionate enough about it so that you will put in the hours and hard work that it takes to actually succeed there, and then you'll be successful.

Pierre Omidyar

Source: Academy of Achievement: Pierre Omidyar Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/omi0int-1

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A Quote by Pierre Omidyar on accomplishments, persistence, passion, business, and success

When you look at the accomplishments of accomplished people and you say, "Boy, that must have been really hard," you know, when you look at something that looks hard, that was probably easy. And conversely, when you look at something that looks easy, that was probably hard. And so you're never going to know which is which until you actually go and do it. So just go and do it, try it, learn from it. You'll fail at some things, that's a learning experience that you need so that you can take that on to the next experience. And don't let people who you may respect and who you believe know what they're talking about, don't let them tell you it can't be done, because often they will tell you it can't be done, and it's just because they don't have the courage to try.

Pierre Omidyar

Source: Academy of Achievement: Pierre Omidyar Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/omi0int-1

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A Quote by Pierre Omidyar on heroes

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I've been asked before, "Who are your heroes?" and these types of questions. I always find it hard to identify a single person or a single book or this sort of thing. I've always been forward looking. I was raised with the notion that you can do pretty much anything you want. You're able to accomplish anything you set out to accomplish. I was given a sense of confidence and I never really felt the need to -- or I've never had the benefit, I should probably say -- of being inspired by outside heroes.

Pierre Omidyar

Source: Academy of Achievement: Pierre Omidyar Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/omi0int-1

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