DON’T OVERTHINK IT

Guest Blogger…thank you Andy Rettler!

TGIM!

Just read this morning….from the CEO of Dropbox who did commencement speech at MIT.

 

He said that if he had a cheat sheet that he could hand to his 22 year old self it would have three things on it:

 

  1. A tennis ball
  2. A Circle
  3. The number 30,000

 

A tennis ball because the most successful people are passionate/obsessed about solving problems.  When he brings out a tennis ball for his dog, he sees how crazy/obsessed his dog is with the tennis ball, and this reminds him of that.

 

A circle because people are typically an average of the 5 closest people that they surround themselves with.  Surround yourself with passionate and successful people in a successful environment to bring the best out of yourself.

 

30,000 because, on average, people live about 30,000 days.  Make each day count.

 

I am incredibly guilty of over-complicating my life due to challenges, schedules, problems…etc.  Simplified models like this make me realize how simple things CAN be, and a reminder like this always helps.

 

A ball, a shape, and a number…can’t get much more simple than that.  Be passionate about what you do, care each day.   We’ve all already put ourselves in  at Drexel to be in a successful environment, so all we have left is a ball and number.   Don’t overthink it.

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