FAST COMPANY - Jan 8 - The Tinder CEO reveals his tips and tools for getting the most out of every day.
Q: What's your on switch?
A: Having kids has made me an early riser. My day begins at 5 a.m. I'll go to the gym and then I'll swim. Before heading into the office, I like to put together priorities for the day: the things that must be done today. Doing this ensures that my schedule doesn't control me, because I'm mindful of the big picture.
Q: What's your off switch?
A: Since I'm an early riser, I also tend to end the day on the early side. I love books and like to read fiction to wind down.
Q: What books are on your nightstand?
A: Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This book is ultimately about the role of luck in life. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy by Bill Walsh. This is, in my opinion, the best book on leadership by far. The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World by Lucette Lagnado. My mother grew up in France, but she was born in Egypt. This book is about the world her parents lived in.
Q: What classic product do you still use because you believe nobody's ever improved on it?
A: An analog IWC Big Pilot watch, the 1987 Toyota FJ60 Land Cruiser, the 1980s Mercedes 300 TD, a headphone amp with vacuum tubes and paper and pen. Nothing will ever improve upon it.