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      Road to a Meaningful Life
                  &
 Finding a Job /Career in the Process

             Spring 2010
Obituary of Robert Rines


  MIT
  800 Patents (Sonar / Patriot Missile)
  Republic of China Patent System
  Law Degree
  Professor
  Helped start a law school in Singapore
  Accomplished Musician / Composer
  Loch Ness Monster Hunter
  Married & Children
What Do You Want?
You should shoot for both!


  Very few people who changed the world set out to
  so.

  They simply pursued their passion.

  If you find your passion and pursue it, I guarantee
  you’ll have both a successful career and a
  meaningful life.

  So, enough of the platitudes. How do you do that?
8 Step Program to Finding a Meaningful Career

1)   Make a list of your strengths (be precise and honest).
2)   Make a list of the jobs you think you’d enjoy.
3)   Talk to someone who has achieved success in that field.
4)   Determine if a) you still think you’d enjoy that job, and b) if
     there is a high correlation between your strengths and what
     the job actually entails (be precise).
5)   Draw a map plotting out short and long term goals that
     contemplate where you are today and getting to the job you
     want (be precise).
6)   Find a mentor who can help you along the way.
7)   Commit yourself to making the pursuit of that job your job.
8)   Once you have committed to this plan: a) set short term
     goals (1-2 years), b) take action, and c) seek feedback.
Some Examples of Personality Traits vs. Jobs

Sales                            Social
                       Gregarious
                       Honest
                       Deal well with rejection
                       Hunter

Marketing / Bus Dev.            Creative
                       Emotional Intelligence
                       Team Oriented / Work well with others


Accounting             Detail oriented
                       Comfortable working for others
                       Stable

Law                    Analytical / Research oriented
                       Deal oriented / Adversarial
                       Comfortable working for others
                       Stable
Some Examples

Entrepreneur    Brilliant / Insane
                Thinks differently
                High tolerance for risk
                High tolerance for failure
                Good at dealing with adversity
                Stubborn
                Passionate
                Willing to bear emotionally volatility
                Dreamer

VC              High risk tolerance
                Good at managing (difficult) people
                Analytical
                Deep understanding of business models & operations
                Social / Broad Network
                Deep technical proficiency
                Decisive
                Good at dealing with adversity
                Pattern Recognition
8 Step Program to Finding a Meaningful Career

1)   Make a list of your strengths (be precise and honest).
2)   Make a list of the jobs you think you’d enjoy.
3)   Talk to someone who has achieved success in that field.
4)   Determine if a) you still think you’d enjoy that job, and b) if
     there is a high correlation between your strengths and what
     the job actually entails (be precise).
5)   Draw a map plotting out short and long term goals that
     contemplate where you are today and getting to the job you
     want (be precise).
6)   Find a mentor who can help you along the way.
7)   Commit yourself to making the pursuit of that job your job.
8)   Once you have committed to this plan: a) set short term
     goals (1-2 years), b) take action, and c) seek feedback.
Roadmap to Becoming a VC

High risk tolerance
    - Join a small startup and help it succeed (2-3 years)
    - Join a VC firm as an associate
Good at managing (difficult) people
    - Work with entrepreneurs (help them write business plans, raise $)
Analytical / Technically proficient
    - Pick an area of the market (storage, desalinization, wind energy) and get deep
    and smart
Deep understanding of business models & operations
    - Work in a business in a line job (3-4 years); learn what makes a business have
    great operating margins
Social / Broad Network
    - Meet and get to know everyone who is relevant in your industry
Decisive
    - Collect information, evaluate, decide….. repeat
Good at dealing with adversity
    - Never take no for an answer
Pattern Recognition
    - Study the past, formulate a framework predicting what will happen in the future
How Do Be Passionate About ….?
The difference between a good employee and a great employ is passion.

Passion can mean a lot of things: commitment, love , hunger, fear,
competition.

In every one of my companies there is some stellar performer whose
effectiveness so far outweigh their peers that there is simply no
comparison.
That is what employees are looking for.

So when you pursue of job, don’t be a resume.
Whatever is there area of industry you are looking to jumping into:
      - study it, know the companies in it
      - know the cutting edge R&D
      - know the business models, financials
      - know the team

Be someone who is passionate.

								
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