Lessons from Professor Wow

28Aug13

1. Make yourself an instrument for the education of others.
2. Make yourself an instrument for the employment of others.

Of all the the lessons he taught us, Professor Wow only wanted us to remember these. They’re like the two greatest commandments for him.

But that’s not all. Remember how I admire him because coming into his class is like reading already. In the midst of his discussion he would throw out interesting ideas, notable persons, and famous stories that makes me think, “am I missing this much?”

  • The Nordstrom’s tire story – urband legend or not, the fashion store became well known for its great customer service
  • Sam Walton’s hula dance – think: you are the CEO of a growing company, you projected a declining sales and even bet on it by even going to the levels of dancing in the streets, but your subordinate thought otherwise. Then you lost. Will you do your punishment?
  • Fortune’s 75 Smartest Books – Prof. Wow introduced the topic with the question, “How do you know if a book is good? It starts with a number.” Prior further studies, I was reading fiction (e.g. Coelho’s, Collins’, and Rubin’s), which are all good, most of which appeals to the emotions, but these 75 books… on the intellect.
  • Peter Drucker – again, where was I? I had a few encounters with the name, usually when I search for management quotes. Further reading, led me to watching Moshidora, a 10-episode anime about a high school girl who led a baseball team to success by applying Drucker’s principles.
  • Harvard Business Review – Simply put–the source of the food… for the brain.
  • The Third’s Theory (best explained by Mr. Tim’s post). Which third’s do you belong?

Lastly, and the equally important other than the first two, is the love for reading. It takes you places, it keeps you waiting, it makes you learn, it makes you humble.. the reasons are endless! It’s what every person pursuing further studies must develop, which is true. This is a realization on my first year, that time must be allocated for your readings, but not limited to your course books. Otherwise, you won’t further.

🙂

J.



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