Dropbox CEO always focused on learning

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 By Jack Nevison

When Dropbox CEO Drew Houston was struggling to become an entrepreneur while still in his 20s, he focused intently on learning what he needed to know.

"I was living in Boston, working for a startup during the summer, living in my fraternity house," Houston told Business Insider. "But every weekend, I would take this folding chair up to the roof with all these books I got on Amazon. I would just sit there and read all of them. I would spend the whole weekend just reading, reading, reading."

That's because, at the time, Houston knew almost nothing about starting a business or selling a product. So he dedicated the vast majority of his free time to learning about marketing and project engineering.

"You have to adopt a mindset that says, 'Okay, in three months, I'll need to know all this stuff, and then in six months there's going to be a whole other set of things to know—again in a year, in five years,'" he told the news source. "The tools will change, the knowledge will change, the worries will change."

Houston's attitude is what eventually let him succeed with Dropbox, which is now a highly popular online storage service. But it is also a mindset that many project managers can benefit from. Anyone who works with technology knows that change is rapid, and only those who keep up will be successful.

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