Pep Talk

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It’s half-time and some of you who read this blog (you know who you are) need to go into the locker room for a refresher.

I had an interesting meeting with a person about a two weeks ago. The medical DNA testing company that I’m involved in forming in Norway (yes, one of several ventures that I’m involved in) is doing business with a US company. An executive of that company was surprised that I (who have no background in genomics) was doing this. I told him that a long time ago, I realized that if I was going to learn anything, I had to embrace the fact that I’m constantly going to be in uncharted waters, and I was always going to be doing something I’ve never done before.

Embarking into the unknown means that you will likely fail at times, but you won’t fail always and not quitting counts. That’s what makes all of the difference. The world is unjust, people can be impossibly cruel. Find friends that have your back. My test of friendship is that if (Friend) is behind me and I’m hit in the back, that means that (Friend) is dead. There aren’t a lot of people like that in the world, but what few there are, are the only ones who really count. The rest of the people on the planet will have opinions, but those people aren’t Friends, and I weight their opinions accordingly.

You have to pick battles that are large enough to matter and small enough to win. In times of rapid
changes, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves
beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

All men dream: but
not equally.
 Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses
of their minds
 wake in the day to find that it was vanity:
 but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
 for they may act their dream with open eyes,
 to make it possible.”   -T. E. Lawrence

Now go out and win one for the Gipper!*

*Knute Rockne gave his “Win One for the Gipper” speech to the Notre Dame players at halftime of the 1928 Army game. To inspire the players he told them the story of the tragic death of George Gipp, a great football player at Notre Dame. Notre Dame won their game against Army. 

— But that was back when Army had a football team. Army has lost to Navy for the past thirteen consecutive years. This shows the natural order of things as Navy men are naturally superior.

14 thoughts on “Pep Talk

  1. That I can neither confirm or deny,
    though I have learned to refer to it as an enhanced personal protection device…

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