Nietzsche famously said, "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." It sounds clever, but it's a loser philosophy. I don't want my failures to simply make me stronger, which I interpret as making me better able to survive future challenges. (To be fair to Nietzsche, he probably meant the word "stronger" to include anything that makes you more capable. I'd ask him to clarify, but ironically he ran out of things that didn't kill him.)
Now the important part:
If you drill down on any success story, you always discover that luck was a huge part of it. You can't control luck, but you can move from a game with bad odds to one with better odds. You can make it easier for luck to find you. The most useful thing you can do is stay in the game. If your current get-rich project fails, take what you learned and try something else. Keep repeating until something lucky happens. The universe has plenty of luck to go around; you just need to keep your hand raised until it's your turn. It helps to see failure as a road and not a wall.
As I tell students, you don't have to go to college; you get to go to college. Are you going to take advantage of this good luck by capitalizing on your chance to learn and improve your human capital, or are you going to squander your good luck?
Apparently some truckers are protesting by assembling in Washington, DC and attempting to tie up traffic.
No major traffic delays were reported on the Beltway during Friday’s morning commute, police authorities said, despite a protest by about 30 tractor-trailers and pickup trucks against what organize describe as excessive government intrusion.
What does that tell you about DC's economy? Truckers impede traffic by driving side-by-side on a major thoroughfare around the city, traveling at 15 mph, and they caused no major traffic delays. Remove the federal government from Washington, DC and it becomes a wastelan . . . never mind.
Also, why no delay? BECAUSE THEY WERE PROTESTING AGAINST INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT WHEN THERE WAS NO INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT OPERATING! Their timing was either way off or they intended to make a brilliant statement. I'm not certain of which.
The movie The Internship, which I found very funny and offering very good messages, has brought about a number of people offering insight into internships and how to benefit from them, mostly from the firm's side.
Here are two interesting articles: from Harvard's Business Review, what the movie gets right about internships, and from LinkedIn, how a firm should handle interns (#4 is the weakest for me).
For students, I have always offered the following advice about internships:
Learn. Education is about learning and there are many ways to learn. You are embarking on one of those different opportunities and your most important task is to learn from it. Acquire both internal and external knowledge from this experience.
Do an outstanding job. Think of an internship as a dress rehearsal and you can win the part if you perform well.
Network. This is a time to meet people and build a network of contacts and friends (not necessarily in that order) for future reference. Most jobs are obtained through networks.
Develop a reputation as someone who is interested in the company, not the job. The department where you are interning may not have any openings after you graduate, but if you have a great reputation and have shown you can create value for the firm, they may find you a job elsewhere within the organization. Take an interest in all areas of the firm and speak to people in other departments, finding out what they do.
Don't gossip and stay out of office politics. You are not there to take sides and engaging in this kind of dysfunctional activity. Doing so will tank your prospect of ever getting hired. Believe it or not, this happens all too often.
Have fun! This doesn't mean goofing off, but that if you treat your job as a chore, something that bores you and you must endure it for the next eight weeks, it will come across that you are really not interested. Approach it as a valuable learning experience from which you can derive not only knowledge, but also fun. It goes by quicker.