When I was a senior at Stanford, I remember going to an inspirational talk by an entrepreneurship professor named Tina Seelig, and the talk was titled What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20. When I was recently strolling through a bookstore in Hong Kong (!), I randomly caught sight of a book by the same name, and it turned out to be a written version of the talk I had heard. Given that it's been 6 or 7 years since I heard the oral version, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a written refresher, and the book certainly didn't disappoint.
The book is a quick, entertaining account of the lessons Tina learned throughout her life and from her interactions with the many students she has taught and coached. Most recently, she has been teaching a class together with the d.school (Stanford Design School), and I really liked reading the descriptions of the in-class exercises she runs (I wish I could participate in some of those now!). Though some of the advice in the book seems "obvious," hearing it told through real students' stories makes it much more "sticky," vivid, and fun.
Below are my notes on the book. Definitely a fun and inspirational quick read!
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