Hace dos días Steve Blank, dio el discurso en la ceremonia de graduación de Philadelphia University. Un discurso muy potente. Nos cuenta sus mayores enseñanzas de vida, de su experiencia como emprendedor y entrega recomendaciones a quienes están recién saliendo de la universidad. Aquí les destaco algunos aspectos centrales de su discurso. No deljen de leer la versión completa en su blog:
My first story is about finding your passion.
“My life continued to follow this same pattern…I’d pursue my curiosity, volunteer to help, and show up a lot. Again and again, the same thing would happen… people would notice that I cared…and I’d get a chance to learn something new.
Now that you paid for your degree…I’m going to let you in on a secret. It’s your curiosity and enthusiasm that will get you noticed and make your life interesting—not your grade point average.”
My second story is about Volunteering and Showing Up.
“People talk about getting lucky breaks in their careers. I’m living proof that the “lucky breaks” theory is simply wrong. You get to make your own luck. 80% of success in your career will come from just showing up. The world is run by those who show up…not those who wait to be asked.”
My third story is about Failure and Redemption
“I thought my career and my life were over. But I learned that in Silicon Valley, honest failure is a badge of experience.
In fact, unlike in the movies, most startups actually fail. For every Facebook and Zynga that make the press, thousands just never make it at all.
All of you will fail at some time in your career…or in love, or in life.
No one ever sets out to fail. But being afraid to fail means you’ll be afraid to try. Playing it safe will get you nowhere.”
Which brings me to my last story—There’s a Pattern Here.
When I retired I found myself with lots of time to think.
But the more I thought about what I had done, and what other entrepreneurs had tried, I realized something absurdly simple was staring at me. I saw a repeatable pattern that no else had ever noticed.
Business schools and investors were treating new companies like they were just small versions of large companies. But it struck me that startups were actually something totally different. Startups were actually like explorers—searching for a new world, where everything—customers, markets, prices—were unknown and new.
These startups needed to be inventive as they explore, trying new and different things daily. In contrast, existing companies, the Wal-Mart’s and McDonalds, already had road maps, guide books and playbooks—they already know their customers, markets, and prices. To succeed they just need to do the same thing every day.
Now it would have been easy to say, “Nah, this can’t be right—every smart professor at Harvard and Wharton and Stanford believes something different.”
In fact, in your lives this will happen to you.
You will have a new idea, and people will tell you, “That can’t be right because we’ve always done it this way.”
Ignore them….. Be persistent… Never give up. Innovation comes from those who see things that other don’t.
These days I write a weekly blog about entrepreneurship. At the end of each post, I conclude with lessons learned—a kind of Cliff Notes of my key takeaways. So in case you haven’t been listening, that’s how I’ll finish up today.
Be forever curious.
Volunteer for everything.
Show up a lot.
Treat failure as a learning experience.
Live life with no regrets.
Remembering…There is no undo button.