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.