Dominik Rabiej

MBA2 at Michigan Ross. IP Attorney. Computer scientist.

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A Theory of Recruitment

Money is a very expensive and transient way to acquire happiness.

Hugh MacLeod

As an MBA2, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from MBA1s about “how can I get hired at company X?” or “how can I tailor my resume to improve my chances of getting a job at company Y?

These are the wrong questions.

What do you want to do with your life and why?

That’s the question to ask. Answer that question and all the other questions find answers too. But that’s a hard question, and one whose answer is different for each person. Yet the difficulty is worth the effort. Instead of contorting yourself to try to fit some preconceived notion of a cookie-cutter of what company Z wants, be true to yourself and find your vocation, not just a job.

But to be true to yourself, you have to know yourself first. Thus the question.

If you do work that you love, you’ll do better work. If you pour your heart into your...

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The happiest people I know are those who serve

Each of us has the opportunity to touch someone every single day. To really see people. To add meaning. To care. I’m not sure we do it often enough. You might not be able to change the outcome, but you can change how people feel in a heartbeat. How you act tells us who you are.

Bernadette Jiwa, The Fortune Cookie Principle

The happiest people I know are those who serve. Who put others before themselves. Who see their mission in life, not as a quest of endless self-aggrandizement, but as a journey of service to those they meet along the way.

There is something different about living life through the lens of service. Those I know who live lives of service have a lightness – a joy – alive within them. It is there even when the service they perform is arduous. The struggle does not extinguish the flame of joy; it feeds it.

Think about your own life. Who are the folks you know who live...

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Strive to be true to yourself

I believe that at the highest levels, performers and artists must be true to themselves. There can be no denial, no repression of true personality, or else the creation will be false—the performer will be alienated from his or her intuitive voice.

The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence by Josh Waitzkin

The best professors I’ve had are those who are not afraid to be themselves.

They are unabashedly themselves. Rather than conform to some supposed vision of what it is to be a professor, they are authentically themselves. They are still professors – they still teach – but they do it in a way that is theirs. No one else could teach the way they do because the way they teach is inextricably bound up with who they are.

The worst professors I’ve had are those who are so generic as to be bad.

They are completely forgettable – even a semester or two after taking their...

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