Engineering & Management Talk

January 2019

Hope you enjoyed the talk, or at least found it thought-provoking. Looking back on my experiences with Engineering & Management, I think that the best thing it gave me was a larger set of options to choose from.

The truth is, I wasn’t aware of many of these options. I’m lucky to have had lots of good professors to help me develop a deeper relationship to my passions, talents, and values over the past ten years or so.

Hopefully these concepts are as useful to you as they have been to me. 🙂

Key Concepts:
  • Serendipity: Seize opportunities, work hard, have faith, see what happens.
  • Humility: Contribution > Expertise, and Approach > Skills. Be a cog, not the machine.
  • Sincerity: Having the courage to tell awkward truths no matter the cost.
Further Reading:
  • “The Secret of Luck” – Derren Brown (link: YouTube video)
  • “The Anatomy of Peace” – Arbinger Institute (book)
  • “Zero to One” – Peter Thiel (book)
  • “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story” – Arnold Schwarzenegger (autobiography)
  • “The Fountainhead” – Ayn Rand (novel)
  • “A Testament” – Frank Lloyd Wright (book)

* The part with Richard Feynman begins at 1:50, but for people unfamiliar with the context I would recommend watching the full video.

“Philosophy is to the mind of the architect as eyesight to his steps. The Term ‘genius’ when applied to him simply means a man who understands what others only know about.

A poet, artist or architect, necessarily ‘understands’ in this sense and is likely, if not careful, to have the term ‘genius’ applied to him; in which case he will no longer be thought human, trustworthy or companionable.

Whatever may be his medium of expression he utters truth with manifest beauty of thought.

If he is an architect, his building is natural. In him, philosophy and genius live by each other, but the combination is subject to popular suspicion and appellation ‘genius’ likely to settle him–so far as the public is concerned.” ― Frank Lloyd Wright, A Testament