Rules of the Game

by Paul Hond
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“So what does all of this mean? Does it mean we should all hold hands and sing ‘We Are the World’? Maybe. Does it mean that you should just skip the job at J. P. Morgan and join the Peace Corps? Maybe. I don’t know. But here’s some of what I think it does mean.”

And then, for the first time in the lecture, Gulati rolled out a sports metaphor.

“One of the ways you evaluate athletes,” he said, “is by their tolerance for pain. Can they play through pain? I don’t think that’s a good measure when we’re talking about nonathletes. I think it’s not your tolerance for pain, but your intolerance for pain — in those around you.”

He left the students with a reminder that the “extraordinary gift” of a Columbia education invested them with strong obligations to the world.

“Intolerance for pain in others,” he said. “That seems like a pretty good lesson.”

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