I think when moms just give themselves up, the kids know. They feel guilty, and they resent their mother for making them feel guilty, and then they grow up and do the same thing. Whereas my mother showed me it’s okay to focus on yourself.” —Jillian Michaels, I think she knows my mother
How do you know innovation when you see it?
“I know innovation when I’m completely confused. If someone does something in or around the office that just confuses me and angers me and makes me feel stupid I assume it must be pretty innovative. That’s what innovation looks like to me. If I feel like a cat watching the sunset then I know I’m seeing true innovation.”
When should I leave my job and strike it out on my own?
“It’s always best to leave a day job just after you’ve signed a lease to an expensive apartment and when your bank account has like $100 left in it. That’s the best time because that’s betting on yourself. Show fate that you have confidence in yourself. So yes my advice would be to get a great loft that’s very expensive, sign a one year lease, and then when you have $100 left in your bank account tell your boss to ‘F off’ - you know - like noon in the middle of the day and then that night try and get your internet mattress company started.”
Amazing insight into the unentrepreneurial ethos of college.
From the article:
As for the argument that consulting provides an extraordinary skill set with which one can eventually change the world, I just don’t buy it,” said Kevin Hicks, former dean of Berkeley College. “Everyone knows what the skill set is for most entry-level consultants: PowerPoint and Excel.” He sees a huge problem with the idea that consulting and finance are good ways to prepare oneself for a career elsewhere.
“Most firms are looking for people who will stay up until 3 a.m. seven nights a week making slides for a partner who goes home to Wellesley for dinner every night at 5 p.m. — and who will do so thinking that they’re ‘winning.’ Look at it this way: most firms assume that you’ll leave for law school or business school within three years, and they invest in your training accordingly. Quality mentoring when you’re young is worth whatever you pay for it. Sometimes that means less money, sometimes that means less of a life beyond work. But quality mentoring is not going to be delivered by someone who is 26, and just one tidal cycle ahead of you.”
“The danger in doing a prefabricated thing after graduation,” he continued, “is that there’s no unique story to tell about it. If there was ever a moment to be entrepreneurial and daring — whether in terms of business or social change, and really test yourself, this is it.”
“If you’re like most people, you’ll do one thing for two to three years, then something else for two to three years, and then — somewhere in that five- to seven-year distance from Yale — you’ll see a need to fully commit to something that’s a longer term project: graduate school, for example, or a job you need to stick with for some real time. The question is: where do you need to be with yourself such that when the time comes to ‘cast your whole vote,’ you’re reasonably confident you’re not being either fear-based or ego-driven in your choice … that the journey you’re on is really yours, and not someone else’s. If you think of your first few jobs after Yale in this way — holistically and in terms of your growth as a person rather than as ladder-rungs to a specific material outcome — you’re less likely to wake up at age 45 married to a stranger.”
From the interview:
There are two issues. One is the fact that the country has grown markedly more unequal over the last 30 years. This often happens when you change an economic paradigm.
The industrial economy tended to settle out in a way that was very powerful in Europe and the United States and Japan. We had a big middle class and opportunities for poor people to work their way into it, and a successful class of businessmen and financial leaders. Then we moved into what Tom Friedman calls a flatter world and it changed everything. It changed the job mix and requirements for doing well in it.
The bottom line is, things start growing more unequal again. In general that has not sparked riots in America. We don’t have a lot of resentment against people who are successful. We kind of like it, Americans do. It’s one of our best characteristics. If we think someone earned their money we do not resent their success. That’s why there’s been very little class conflict in American history.
The second problem is that it appears that the jobs engine is bad on the vine. A lot of voters get that companies have $2 trillion but they’re not investing it. They get that banks have more than $2 trillion and they’re not investing it. Unless we can find a way to start the jobs engine going again, it is conceivable that someday we could have trouble.
But I don’t think we should even think about that. I think we ought to think about how to get the jobs engine going because it’s the right thing to do. I wouldn’t worry about the other stuff. Let’s just put America back to work. That’s the right thing to do.