As the first investor in and strategic adviser to Twitter, each of my 11 lessons learned at Georgetown is fewer than 140 characters in length:
1) Learn now, train later. Fr. Otto Hentz, S.J. taught me that undergrad is your one chance to Learn with a capital L. Forget your MBA!
2) Be interesting. Read, debate, write, experience, listen, care, speak up, create, take pictures, be proud of who you are.
3) Go abroad. Already gone? Go again. Nothing teaches humility and builds alternative perspectives like gritty travel.
4) Help. Each day, be able to answer the question, “Was I helpful today?” with a simple, “Yes.”
5) Exercise. Even if you aren’t on a varsity squad, be an athlete. Play sports, work out, enter marathons and take on long bike rides. Do yoga.
6) Be present. Forget your long-distance Skyping. Cast the future out of your mind. Be right here, right now. Breathe in this very moment.
7) Feel lucky. None of us got here completely on our own. Families, friends, teachers and the Hoyas who came before us all made this possible.
8) Question your faith. Fearless listening and open questioning of our assumptions and beliefs give us the chance for greatness.
9) Excel. Good grades aren’t hard to get. Half the battle is just showing up. Do all the reading, and turn in all your work. Easy.
10) Forget The Tombs. It will still be there tomorrow, and most folks won’t remember what happened there anyway. Go to bed early and rock mañana.
11) Chicken Madness. You have a moral obligation to eat many of them on behalf of those of us who aren’t so fortunate to have Wisey’s nearby.
12) I said “11 lessons,” right? Always underpromise and overdeliver.
Chris Sacca (SFS ’97, LAW ’00) is a venture investor, private equity principal, company adviser, public speaker and charity activist with a penchant for adventure. You can learn more about him at twitter.com/sacca.”