- When asked to find a partner in class, are you the finder or the one who is found?
- When you identify a need in your community, do you sit idly or do you do something about it?
- Do you talk about losing weight or do you lose weight?
- Do you take that exotic trip or complain that you never have time for a vacation?
But, I challenge you to consider what happens if you take that risk. What could be possible and how much are you willing to risk to see if it can happen? Consider Matt Groening, a man who knew the path of least resistance wasn’t going to work for him. In Ken Robinson’s book, The Element, Groening describes the typical path – “you go to high school, you go to college, you get a credential, and you go out and get a good job.” – which he followed by saying “I knew that wouldn’t work for me; I was going to be drawing cartoons forever.” The book goes on to describe how the legacy of "The Simpsons"was born. Consider what Sunday night television might be like if Matt took the typical path.
So, what is one to do? Well, it’s your call. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of resources out there, like Ken Robinson’s book that can help you tune into your own personal passion. I could probably list 100, and maybe have in a past post. However, the challenge is not providing the list; the challenge is for you to take the risk that moves you beyond the status quo… Imagine a world with more people doing work they love, rather than today’s world where less than 30 percent of people do. Really, take the time to imagine it...
With these thoughts, I say a sad farewell to the Kelley School of Business. Spending the last three years with a bright, talented bunch of MBA students has been a true pleasure, which is what made the decision to leave so difficult. As my partner’s current engineering development project nears production and he makes the next move, I felt now was the right time to take a step back and allow the students a smooth semester end transition, rather than a mid-semester move. And I am also a bit fearful of the unknown future; can I find such a talented group to coach? Can I continue to make an impact to people’s careers? Will I like where I am going to live? As I am taking this next step and leaving the comfortable life (and this great job) to pursue a new passion, who knows if I will be successful, and even what will happen next - but I guess that is the purpose...
Congratulations to the Class of 2012! You’ve got a lot to offer, so please don’t be afraid to show them what you’ve got. I wish you all the best.