Brian Manning is currently the SVP and Head of Growth at PatientPing, where he oversees sales, marketing, government affairs and partnerships. He's spent his entire career working at and consulting for high growth startups, including Zocdoc (where we met!) and Next Jump. He was born and raised in a small town in Massachusetts, spent three years in San Francisco, ten in New York City, and now lives in the South End, Boston. He also happens to be married to yours truly <3, and is obsessed with our rescue dog Tick.
You can learn more about Brian and read his writings on his blog: www.briancmanning.com.
1. What values and principles do you live by?
Attitude is everything. I really believe that some of the most successful people in the world have become that way, more than anything, because of their attitude. Having a good attitude is also a much more pleasant way to go through life.
Being extremely open to being wrong. One of my company’s investors refers to this as “strong opinions, loosely held.” Having the courage to have an opinion or a belief and being open to quickly changing your mind not only improves your relationships, it helps you learn faster.
Change, change, change. The human beings that are still around are around because their ancestors adapted. The same is true for companies. The same is true for governments. You can’t get stuck in your old ways. It’s important to always question the way you’re doing things and look to do things better.
2. What’s one area in your life you’re actively working on or looking to improve?
3. What's one new positive habit you've started that has made a big impact on your life?
4. What is your biggest challenge when trying to be the best version of yourself, and what has helped you overcome it?
5. What products or resources do you recommend that have helped you get to this point?
Wunderlist. A great to-do list app that keeps all of the lists in life super organized.
Strides. A goal setting app that is brain dead simple and perfect for tracking your goals and progress.
Audible. It can be hard to find time to get through all the books you want to read. I swear by my Kindle but use Audible when walking to work or working out or traveling. It dramatically increases the number of books you can digest.
Calm. An incredible meditation app that makes it much easier to make it a habit.