Guest Blogger…thank you Andy Rettler!
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:
- A tennis ball
- A Circle
- 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.