Shervin Pishevar is the former chairman of Social Gaming Network, a leading publisher and developer of social and mobile games. He has an interesting upbringing, having lived through the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. It was a solid talk. Here are my notes:

Five points:
1. Power of mentorship
2. Power of small world networks
3. Always ask
4. Create value
5. Give, give back

  • Life is f—— short. It’s so beautiful that we’re here together, alive. When you have that limitation that we’re here for only a short time, let’s value it. Friendship is more valuable than money.
  • You can meet people in this world who will use and abuse you. Run away as fast as possible from those people.
  • Life should be about the collection of experiences and not materials.
  • I’m a child of war and revolution. I’m an immigrant. Born in Iran in 1974. Dad was an orphan by the time he was 12. Family moved back to Iran in 1978. Lived through Iran Revolution and Iran-Iraq war. Escaped to the states in early 80’s. Parents had to start from scratch. Realized we had to hit the books to succeed. When I and my siblings hit the books, parents were happy.
  • We are a nation of immigrants. America is a young country. We’re still in gestation. We’re still being born.
  • Every single human being can be an entrepreneur.
  • I was never afraid to ask. The answer is always no, unless you ask. When you ask, it flips. Goes from 100% no to potentially 100% yes.
  • People think you’re giving up the “American Dream” when really you are going after the “American Dream”. Had to learn as I went. If I can do it, you can do it.
  • War and revolution, to poverty, to educating myself is an American story. It really can only happen in America. Represents the greatest parts of who we are. It should spread across the world, this ideal
  • Start something. Ask for help. It’s “no” until you ask.
  • Surround yourself with value creators.
  • Who are your mentors? By the end of the week, identify one mentor you’d want in your life. Get in contact with them and speak from the heart.
  • By forgetting yourself, you find yourself. Self to selflessness. Giving back.
  • “You need to surround yourself with people that add value and care about your success.”
  • Mentors are suppose to there for you in a Yoda style of way.
  • Greatest thing we mismanage is the allocation of our time and priorities.
  • Make investment decisions on the individual. I know if I’m going to invest in them within 3-5 minutes. Invest in right people.

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