Anthony Hsieh on Living the American Dream

The entrepreneur and lending industry icon on balancing success with the passion to succeed.

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

loanDepot Chairman, CEO and Founder Anthony Hsieh

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Anthony Hsieh: I wake up at 4:45 a.m. every morning, check my phone for the latest news headlines and scan through my emails. After that, I have a general quiet time to think about the day ahead and make a mental checklist of how I can be productive. I take my morning run from 6:00–6:50 a.m. Then I wake the kids and I’m out the door by 7:25 a.m. I drop the kids off at school and I’m in the office by 8:15 a.m.

TG: What gives you energy?
AH: Quite simply, it’s opportunity. I continue to be fascinated by how what I do gives others the ability to move forward in their lives. Being able to give someone the opportunity to buy their first home or their dream house, or to make a purchase that could change their circumstances, gives me purpose every day.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
AH: Recently, I’ve found that reflecting back can be very empowering. I enjoy interacting with people on social media who are doing the same.


Anthony Hsieh is the CEO and Founder of loanDepot.