This is a great video. Here are some quotes from it that I love:
“Finding the ‘one passion’ will paralyze you.”
“9 doors closed. Guess what? 10 doors just opened. If you begin to see life that way, it becomes easier to make decisions and move forward.” (He talks before this quote of how the tough thing is choosing between right decisions and optimizing. You feel an immediate sense of loss if you go with one decision and miss out on others. I don’t know if he knows this but there are scientific studies done on this phenomena where subjects play a very similar game and they end up doing worse and not solving the maze/puzzle fast enough because they are too scared of missing out on the many timed doors that close if they choose a certain door and end up staying too long in a room. We must rid ourselves of this “what if” thinking)
“My career makes no sense in the windshield. It only makes sense in the rear-view mirror. And that I think applies to lots and lots and lots of people in their lives and careers.” (For sure! Steve Jobs said something very similar in his commencement speech)
“Focus on the horizon rather than a point on the horizon because the horizon is always by definition out of your grasp. But it can give you a direction. You can know you are headed north, not south.”
“Marry your portfolio of passions with the opportunities in front of you.”
More info about the speaker: Randy Komisar joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers in 2005 as a partner. For several years prior Randy has partnered with entrepreneurs creating businesses with leading edge technologies.
He was a co-founder of Claris Corporation, served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, and acted as a “virtual CEO” for such companies as WebTV, Mirra and GlobalGiving. He was a founding Director of TiVo where he is currently chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Earlier Randy served as CFO of GO Corporation and Senior Counsel for Apple Computer, following a private practice in Technology Law.
Randy holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and a JD form Harvard Law School. He is a Consulting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and author of the best-selling book The Monk and the Riddle, as well as several articles on leadership and entrepreneurship. Randy frequently speaks here and abroad on such topics.