One of the smartest people I’ve ever met is a man named Dan Sullivan whose company, Strategic Coach®, offers a workshop program for successful entrepreneurs.
The program is so good that people fly in from all over the world (Singapore, the U.K., Turkey, and a whole lot of states were represented in my group) just to sit at Dan’s feet.
I want to share with you one of the (many) extremely smart things he teaches.
It boils down to this:
Don’t give death an assist.
I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on TV.
But I read a lot of books by doctors.
The one that has made the deepest impression is Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter.
It’s a book about how not to get Alzheimer’s.
OK, here’s the emes: I’ve always wanted to give a commencement address.
Never been asked.
But since the new school year is beginning, and you might know a college president who’d like to book me for next June, I thought I might share with you what I would say.
To the graduates:
I have good news and bad news, so let’s get the bad news out of the way:
No one ever has to listen to you again.
You no longer have professors paid to read whatever nonsense you cook up half an hour before the assignment is due.
Now you will have bosses, clients, and investors, who will get rid of you the minute you prove you have nothing worthwhile to say.
In case you don’t follow football, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke a bone in his back in a preseason game this weekend.
A rookie named Dak Prescott stepped into the breach and did an outstanding job.
I was curious about the name, so I surfed around until I found his photo.
He looks African-American.
I found that striking, because all the Dallas Cowboy quarterbacks I can think of are white.
I did a little more digging.
Went out to the Berkshires last week to sing at Tanglewood, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Aida was awesome, by the way.
Suddenly I thought about visiting the summer camp I attended when I was 11 and 12 years old.
Wasn’t even sure the camp still existed.
Looked it up on the Web, and sure enough…not only was the camp still going strong, but its 80th anniversary was that same weekend.
Had to go.
His name is Gary Kadi, and he looks like George Clooney.
George Clooney does something sexy-he makes movies.
Kadi does something you might not consider sexy.
He consults to dentists.
Kadi recognized years ago that dentists were underserved in terms of the quality of consulting they were receiving.
He saw a market opportunity.