He surrounds himself with people who “recognize that they are different, and they’re unafraid of that and don’t mind shaking hands with the next different person. Most anything I do, I do because it involves someone I can learn from,” he adds. “Sometimes you just gotta put your pride aside and be quiet so that you can absorb not only what a person is saying but how they are saying it—their energy, their body language. It’s all for a reason.”

Excerpt from GET BUSY: Pharrell’s Productivity Secrets.

Dec13/Jan14 Fast Company Magazine