The Best Advice From Harvard and Yale Leaders Can Be "Distilled Into 3 Words"
While we may be past the "professor" era of our lives, we still take notice when some of the most brilliant minds from our nation's top Ivy League schools offer advice. As Business Insider reports, a group of 15 professors hailing from Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and more put their thoughts on success into an open letter.
"We are scholars and teachers at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale who have some thoughts to share and advice to offer students who are headed off to colleges around the country," they wrote. "Our advice can be distilled to three words: Think for yourself." While the group is obviously addressing our country's incoming first-year students, their advice is just as relevant for those looking to start their own businesses, advance their careers, or simply challenge themselves in their 9-to-5 jobs.
"Thinking for yourself means questioning dominant ideas even when others insist on their being treated as unquestionable," they continue. "It means deciding what one believes not by conforming to fashionable opinions, but by taking the trouble to learn and honestly consider the strongest arguments to be advanced on both or all sides of questions—including arguments for positions that others revile and want to stigmatize and against positions others seek to immunize from critical scrutiny."
In some ways, the professors are asking incoming students to bring a certain level of open-mindedness and understanding to their respective colleges; a sentiment that is especially relevant given the current political climate.
Head over to Princeton's website for the full letter, and share your thoughts on their advice in the comments.