A Request from our Technology Team

The tech staff tells me that Lonny Butcher keeps breaking the “N” key on his computer.  If you are a GEB student in one of the professional development courses, help him out by doing the assignments you say you will do.  That way, Lonny won’t have to respond with that key when he is reading excuses about why you didn’t do what you were supposed to do and that you require special dispensation.  Unfortunately, none of us are that special.  Your career plan is not as solid as you think and while you may think what he is telling you is common sense, the data shows that it’s not common for people to do what they “know” is sensible. The purpose of education isn’t knowledge, its action. Learning to be a professional means doing what needs to be done, every day, whether you want to do it or not.  That’s how you make a good impression here, get noticed,  earn an internship and eventually land the career you seek.

So, do our tech team a favor.  Do what you say you’re going to do on that career plan. Put what you think you know to use.  Do something with it that will get you to where you want to go and save Lonny’s “N” key from overuse.


How to End Meaningless Bowl Games

Instead of bowl games being seen as the end of the season, what if we viewed them as the first game of a new season. Have the wins and losses count in the total for the new year, considered in the rankings etc.

Sure the seniors who start the bowl game won’t be there in the fall and the new freshmen have yet to arrive, but the seniors have an opportunity to ‘gift a win’ to the underclassmen and pass the baton in a meaningful way. None of the games would be meaningless. Everyone would bring their A game and given the pecking order of the bowls, the vast majority of these games would be highly competitive.


My Quotes to Ponder in the New Year

I got another Tim Farriss book for Christmas this year.  This one is called Tribe of Mentors and contains a series of interviews with highly successful people who were all asked the same set of questions.  One of the questions is what advice they would give a smart, driven college student about to enter the real world.  My two favorite responses…

The first, was from Ashton Kutcher who answered: “Be polite, on time and work really **** hard until you are talented enough to be blunt, a little late, and take vacations and even then …… be polite.”   Yep, in an increasingly uncivilized world, where rudeness is seen as the best way to get your way,  a little politeness goes a long way.

The other was from Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO and Co-founder of VaynerMedia: “Macro patience, micro speed.  They should not care about the next eight years, but they should stress the next eight days.”  He went on to note that most people are very impatient about achieving really long-term, life-defining goals, but they waste their days and do nothing of value while worrying about their years.  He suggests reversing this, becoming super vigilant about how you are spending the next ten minutes or day and understanding that the long-term stuff will take care of itself.   This is really smart.  I’m not a college student, but I’m adopting that mindset right now….

Classes start Monday.  Be Ready.  Charge On.