A note to the graduates of the Chicago Startup Leadership Program (SLP) 2013, written March 21, 2013.

During grad school, rather than wishing students “good luck” on tests, the faculty at Booth would often print the phrase “do well” next to the honor code. Luck is random; acquiring skills to be in a position to take advantage of opportunity takes work. Hard work.

Hopefully SLP [education|preparedness] has provided you with some of the skills that will allow you to take advantage of the many opportunities that lay in front of you.

And so, I say to each of you – stay in touch. Recruit great people to participate in SLP next year. And above all else, do well.

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