Lessons Learned in Graduate School

This past week I had the privilege of lecturing on campus at the University of Southern California. I spoke to graduate business students who are in the entrepreneurial track about the traititudes (my coined term for a blend of attitude and traits), of a self-starter. Their questions were thought-provoking, humble, and serious.

These students are facing an untenable future–careers that they thought were available are no longer, an extremely competitive job market, and fear as to what lies ahead.

It should give us all pause: Questions such as:

  • Am I on the right track?
  • How do I know this path is right for me? How do you handle failure?
  • What drives you forward? How do I sort out what my loved ones, and friends think I should pursue what makes my toes curl?
  • When is linear thinking best and where does creating thinking work?

Do any of these resonate with you?