In early March I gave a talk about the role that serendipity has played in my life. It was part of the Stanford GSB public speaking program: LOWkeynotes
Here it is: Free Pizza Theorem. Hope you enjoy it.
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Lessons from the GSB are like your Mom’s advice: it’s hard to argue with them, but it’s even harder to follow them consistently. Surprisingly, some of them are even the same ones I’ve heard from my Mom. The only difference being, now I had to pay big bucks for them:) On a more serious note […]Read more "You’ll Be OK"
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss, Oh! The Places You’ll Go I wanted this post to be about what I’ve learned. But it’s not going to be. Next ones will. Instead it’s about the fact that I met very […]Read more "go get an mba. not for the degree. for the people. and the parties."
To be happy I think you have to be doing something you not only enjoy, but admire. You have to be able to say, at the end, wow, that’s pretty cool. Paul Graham You know how sometimes you think to yourself ‘…wait a minute, how did I end up here?’. Well that’s exactly what I’m going to […]Read more "do what you love."
I was at a dinner party tonight and one of my classmates asked: what’s the one thing we’d have changed about our GSB experience and what we’re looking forward to in our last quarter. I couldn’t help but wonder (;D) how these questions must have come up every year around that time… I’d bet […]Read more "8 weeks to go…"
Life’s about memories and relationships, and the Poland&Czech Republic Global Study Trip delivered its fair share on both ends. Not really sure what I had expected before the trip, but if someone had told me that it would go the way it did – I’d have taken it in a heartbeat. I was surprised by […]Read more "brain-drain, hashtags, Haitham’s Wifi and the important stuff…"
if i were to boil down my first year experience at the GSB, I would use two words: randomness and ‘failure’. seems gloomy, but it is not. let me explain. RANDOMNESS. a huge chunk of your GSB experience is determined by ‘an algorithm’…basically a lottery. housing, study trips (or lack of them), section, electives…you name […]Read more "embracing randomness and ‘failure’"
Today I had the privilege, thanks to one of my classmates, to have a dinner with an extraordinary individual. Business savvy, but more importantly ‘life-smart’. A GSB alumn that had a very successful career and is now retired. He spent 30 years at one company (sth a bit ‘cosmic’ when you look at it from today’s […]Read more "stories"
It’s been a month since the last post and there are a few topics I would love to share. First off: 1st year academics at the GSB Below is my subjective list of the ‘top 5 classes’ that I’ve taken this year. Of course this is not a representative list and to be honest, in […]Read more "academics"
Spring Break is a great time to leave ‘the bubble’ and enjoy a week and half of free time. For me it was filled with travels around the US and unexpectedly (or maybe expectedly) answering a question: ‘so what do you actually study at Stanford?’. Over the last 10 days I’ve heard it about half […]Read more "what do you really do at the GSB? (and why…)"