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Anne Wojcicki Quotes

Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki quotes: the biotech businesswoman speaks her mind.

“Believe in your work. When life hits you in the face it is going to be your belief in your work that keeps you going at it every single day. You have to have a deep love for what you do because life will hand you a variety of struggles that will test your conviction.”

“If you are in love with your work and believe in it fully then you will wake up every day to mine away on it no matter what setbacks are handed your way. Find the things in life you 100% believe in and you will find your motivation in hard times unwavering.”

“Think big. Have the big idea met with doing all the small things that lead toward the realization of that big idea. Do not be afraid to think bigger as long as you understand that these big idea will require all the bricks in the road to be put down one by one.”

“I was brought up with a scientific outlook on life. It’s the way my father deciphers the world, whether it’s football, politics, or hairstyles. So I don’t get anxious about the future, because I was raised to believe and accept that nothing stays the same, and the best way to survive is to adapt.”

“Part of the beauty of Silicon Valley is that people generally encourage you to think crazy. It’s the hypothesis that there’s nothing sacred that can’t be changed.”

“The reality is that the only way change comes is when you lead by example.”

“There’s a beauty in being unrealistic.”

“You don’t do new things and try to change the system without generating debate.”

“When you have a laser focus, and you get distracted by what other people say, you can lose that laser focus.”

“When you try new things, you will make mistakes. That’s okay.”

“People are used to dealing with risk.”

“Big challenges are an accumulation of small challenges.”

“Startups are so fun because you get a bunch of people who are really passionate and people were excited and people knew that there would be controversy. There’s always a trough of sorrow and it’s important to not let people be totally… hoping for immediate success and then to be overly distracted by the trough of sorrow. That actually happens, not just in launches but every time you come up with a product. You have no idea how well it’s going to go.”

“The trough of sorrow! It’s important to stick with it. One of the most important things I’ve learned at doing this now is the importance of persistence. You have to stick with it. And when you stick with it, you really see a benefit. There’s things that I see, now that I’ve done it for over a decade. I believe anyone, you can be eighth grade level, and you have the ability. It takes a long time to see the consequences of your actions. It’s one of the things I emphasize to people. If you really care about something, if you’re really passionate, it takes a decade to really see the impact.”

“The challenge in a startup is you hit a lot of turbulence, and you want people who understand that it’s just turbulence and not a crisis.”

“As a leader, for me one of the most important things is not to wallow on today, but to wallow on like, okay in two years, this is what it’s going to look like and these are the steps I need to do to get there. People love a vision and people love a plan. You just need to outline, this is where we’re going.”

“I think that for people who are trying to make a difference, you have to start the company being naive. You wouldn’t do it if you understood all the work. I work a lot. I wish it was easier.”

“You should layer your time in a way that allows you to get things done concurrently.”

“There are a lot of smart people who have humility and there’s a lot of smart people who want to tell you how smart they are. And we have opted for the humility. It’s really important to have people who are constantly open to feedback and constantly open to constructive criticism and learning about other areas. That’s actually one of the things that did make us successful. Which allowed us to grow and attract other people because it’s a group of people who are really eager to learn from others and to keep learning.”

“It is a pleasure for me to come to work every day and share a mission with so many great people.”

“I feel that gender balance in the work environment is actually the best recipe for success.”

“I think it’s important to have flexibility to work wherever is best for you. I actually encourage people to work at the cafe, or from home or wherever works best for them.”

“Being able to do research in a real-time way is the way research needs to be done in the future.”

“The world needs more social innovations.”

“Any talk, part of it is constant feedback. Again, for the people who want to be entrepreneurs, you’re constantly learning something in the feedback. People questioned what is the value proposition in what you’re doing… and then I started shifting the conversion. Part of it was getting real-time feedback and part of it was helping us define what is it that we have to do to show the value. We need to drive social acceptance. What you need to do is you need to publish. I just hand over my publications. Like, here you go. Because that’s the reality, you speak with your data. I can make all kinds of claims, but here’s my data to actually support it.”

“I need to solve the problem. It’s no different from how am I going to get my son out the door when he needs to go to school. It’s a bigger version of that same type of problem.”

“When I graduated from college in 1996 and the internet was taking off, I remember this feeling that there was an open range where anything could be built.”

“I’m action-oriented. I guess I’m just fiercely independent.”

“I’m not going to change, I’m very stubborn in this way. I am what I am.”

“I have always been interested in healthcare and doing something that is dramatic.”

“Health is not sort of like a six month project. Health is a lifetime accumulation of behaviors.”

“It’s up to all of us, the consumers, to take charge of our health. It’s almost like voting. It’s your responsibility.”

“You should know how to take care of yourself. That’s one of the things that I got from my mother most—she always said that if you don’t take care of yourself, no one will.”

“One of the things that got me interested in genetics was the relationship between genes and environment. We are all dealt a certain deck of cards, but our environment can influence the outcomes.”

“The fact that my environment influences my life so much—and that my environment is in my control—gives me a great sense of empowerment over my health and my life.”

“It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are: when you’re sick, you want the exact same thing.”

“We have been trained not to think about our healthcare until there’s a problem.”

“There’s nothing more raw in life than when you’re sick. It’s just the reality. Everyone’s going to die and everyone’s going to get sick at some point. But I do believe that there are choices you can make in life that will make you as healthy as possible.”

“There’s enough data showing that the fitter you are, the better you eat, the more likely you are to stay healthy longer.”

“Knowing your genetic health risks will help you make better decisions.”

“Understanding really what is going to make me healthy and what is going to allow me to live the longest life is definitely what keeps me up.”

“One of the best aspects of healthcare reform is it starts to emphasize prevention.”

“Obesity is awesome from a Wall Street perspective. It’s not just one disease; there are all sorts of related diseases to profit from.”

“Success for me is I would like to be healthy at 100.”

“My parents were passionate about what they did, very cheap, and very focused on doing good in society.”

“Wall Street was sort of at the height of the fame, everyone thought it was really cool, and I think taking that job, doing something probably more for the money was probably the worst thing I think I’ve ever done.”

“I think being on a constraint with money makes you much more creative.”

“I think that Google has definitely influenced my moral values and the ethics. I think when Larry Page started the company, they weren’t in it for the money. They started it because they really wanted to create something that; one, they wanted, and two, they thought was going to change the world.”

“I see 23andMe as being the Google of health.”

“I think we are definitely suffering from an information overload, but I believe that there is going to be better and better ways of organizing that information and processing it so that it will enhance your daily life. I just think that technology and information, it’s overwhelming at the moment, but it’s really going to make life better.”

“It’s very important that children learn to use technology. It’s part of life; but also, that they learn when to put it down.”

“If you want to change this world, this community that we all live in, then get up and do it. And just start something.”

“I think life is pretty awesome.”

“I believe that we all have freedom to shape our own life and the world around us.”

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