Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, published a series of slides called the "3 Secrets of Highly Successful Graduates" (the presentation in its entirety can be found at the bottom of this article) based on his co-authored book, The Start-up of You.
I'm adding the book to my to-do list.
The mini-presentation discusses the important role that competition, networking and risk play in a graduate's success in the ever-evolving "real world."
Too often do I find myself bogged down by what I assume to be expectations of this frightening reality. I've painted in my mind a fictitious, fearsome picture of the so-called real world that can't actually be defined by anything but my own decisions.
I don't graduate for another year, but I found his words to strike a really, really big chord within my heart (can I say that? Is that technically/musically correct? Quitter of piano lessons, speaking). If nothing else, it makes the thought of graduating just a bit less scary.
I've included a few of my favorite slides (my favorite-favorite slides are the risk ones). Here's to hoping they inspire you as they have me!
a girl ready to tackle the big, bad world