“Less planning and more living”

danhiresLast month, author Daniel Pink delivered the commencement address at the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences at Northwestern University (my alma mater). It is well worth the brief 15 minutes, but here are a few highlights:

  • “Live to figure it out”
  • “Less planning and more living”
  • “Carefully crafted plans, like meticulously outlined essays, don’t hold up”

And my favorite quote:

“The greater risk is to choose false certainly over genuine ambiguity. The greater risk is to fear failure more than mediocrity. The greater risk is to pursue a path only because it is the first path you decided to pursue.”

What a great message to graduates. What a great message to all us given the realities of the world today, where adapting to the current environment is necessary and practical.



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