- Get on Your Feet Financially
- Create More Room for Experimentation
- With This New Space in Your Workday, Begin Experimenting
- Striking Out on Your Own
What’s your word of hope and word of caution for this generation?
The word of hope is that there’s so much to do right now. The biggest example is those 3 billion people in the world who haven’t yet benefit from the prosperity that business can create. That is an extraordinary opportunity for business leaders. Just think of that: three-quarters of this planet still haven’t benefited from what business can help provide. And the one-quarter that have benefited also have their challenges. I think that almost nothing that is of significance in the world today—environmental sustainability, digital revolution, health care—I can’t think of a single problem of any significance that’s going to be solved without business playing not just a role, but a leadership role. So to me, that’s the amazing hope that exists for anybody who’s entering a career in business today.
The caution that I would have is this: don’t get too impatient with yourself. There’s something about the Facebook generation that because things start and end in three minutes, you might believe that all the answers to all the questions also have to start and end in three minutes, and that they will all get done in some super-rapid cycle in which everything is getting done. The speeding up of the world doesn’t mean that everything in your life can be sped up the same way. Have the capacity to be patient, to be committed to the long term, to be able to devote years of energy into something, as opposed to just minutes. That’s going to be an important part of what people need to be prepared for. But if they’re prepared for this, the opportunities are endless.
—Nitin Nohria, Passion and Purpose (Coleman, Gulati & Segovia) p.252-253