What makes you tick? What do you look forward to? Well, my career and my life makes a lot more sense in the rear-view mirror than it does in the windshield. I don’t have any real strong sense of direction. [Laughs] I tend to get excited about things and do them. I tend to get excited about people and work with them. And what I have found … and I thought about distilling this a little bit, because every year, at the end of my class, my students come to me and go, “Woe is me. What am I going to do with my life?” It’s always that question, it’s just year after year after year. And so each year, I try to distill it down more and more and more and more. And I think I got it to a point where I’m very comfortable with two simple principles.
Which is, when looking at what you want to do with your life, find the way to optimize who it is, the quality of the people that you get to work with and the flow of opportunities that you’re going to be in the middle of because great people support each other and build great networks that reinforce this recycling of opportunities.
And the second is, great opportunities are essentially where you go next. And the notion of being in motion is probably an important aspect of who I am and why I’ve done what I’ve done. There’s a real sense that there’s always something else. There’s always another chapter. There’s always something important to be done, exciting to be done with really good people. And so I think that’s at the root. If you look at the core, that’s probably a better definition of why I’ve done what I’ve done than anything else that you could imagine from all of the other facts about my resume.