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  • I grew up diagnosed as phobically shy,

  • and like at least 20 other people in a room of this size,

  • I was a stutterer.

  • Do you dare raise your hand?

  • And it sticks with us.

  • It really does stick with us,

  • because when we are treated that way,

  • we feel invisible sometimes,

  • or talked around and at.

  • And as I started to look at people,

  • which is mostly all I did,

  • I noticed that some people really wanted attention

  • and recognition.

  • Remember, I was young then.

  • So what did they do? What we still do perhaps too often?

  • We talk about ourselves.

  • And yet there are other people I observed who had what I called a mutuality mindset.

  • In each situation, they found a way to talk about us and create thatusidea.

  • So my idea to reimagine the world is to see it one where we all become greater opportunity-makers with and for others.

  • There’s no greater opportunity or call for action for us now

  • than to become opportunity-makers who use best talents together more often for the greater good

  • and accomplish things we couldn’t have done on our own.

  • And I want to talk to you about that,

  • cause even more than giving,

  • even more than giving,

  • is the capacity for us to do something smarter together

  • for the greater good that lifts us both up

  • and that can scale.

  • That’s why I’m sitting here.

  • But I also want to point something else out.

  • Each one of you is better than anybody else at something.

  • That disproves that popular notion that if youre the smartest person in the room,

  • youre in the wrong room.

  • So let me tell you about a Hollywood party I went to a couple years back,

  • and I met this up-and-coming actress,

  • and we were soon talking about something that we both felt passionately about,

  • public art.

  • And she had the fervent belief that every new building in Los Angeles

  • should have public art in it. She wanted a regulation for it,

  • and she fervently started,

  • What is here from Chicago?

  • She fervently started talking about these bean-shaped reflective sculptures in Millennium Park,

  • and people would walk up to it

  • and they’d smile in the reflection of it,

  • and they’d pose and they’d vamp and they’d take selfies together

  • and they’d laugh.

  • And as she was talking, a thought came to my mind.

  • I said, “I know someone you ought to meet.

  • He’s getting out of San Quentin in a couple of weeks

  • and he shares your fervent desire that art should engage and enable people to connect.”

  • He spent five years in solitary,

  • and I met him because I gave a speech at San Quentin,

  • and he’s articulate

  • and he’s rather easy on the eyes

  • because he’s buff. He had workout regime he did everyday.

  • I think she was following me at that point.

  • I said, “he’d be an unexpected ally.”

  • And not just that. There’s James. He’s an architect

  • and he’s a professor,

  • and he loves place-making, and place-making is when you have those mini-plazas

  • and those urban walkways

  • and where theyre dotted with art,

  • where people draw and come up and talk sometimes.

  • I think they’d make good allies.

  • And indeed they were.

  • They met together. They prepared.

  • They spoke in front of the Lost Angeles City Council.

  • And the council members not only passed the regulation,

  • half of them came down and asked to pose with them afterwards.

  • They were startling, compelling and credible.

  • You can’t buy that.

  • What I’m asking you to consider is what kind of opportunity-makers we might become,

  • because more than wealth

  • or fancy titles

  • or a lot of contacts,

  • it’s our capacity to connect around each other’s better side and bring it out.

  • And I’m not saying this is easy,

  • and I’m sure many of you have made the wrong moves too about who you wanted to connect with,

  • but what I want to suggest is, this is an opportunity.

  • I started thinking about it way back when I was a Wall Street Journal reporter and I was in Europe

  • and I was supposed to cover trends and trends that transcended business or politics or lifestyle.

  • So I had to have contacts in different worlds very different than mine,

  • because otherwise you couldn’t spot the trends.

  • And third, I had to write a story in a way stepping into the reader’s shoes,

  • they could see how these trends could affect their lives.

  • That’s what opportunity-makers do.

  • And here’s a strange thing:

  • Unlike an increasing number of Americans who are working and living and playing with people who think exactly like them

  • because we then become more rigid and extreme,

  • opportunity-makers are actively seeking situations with people unlike them,

  • and theyre building relationships,

  • and because they do that,

  • they have trusted relationships where they can bring the right team in

  • and recruit them to solve a problem better and faster and seize more opportunities.

  • Theyre not affronted by differences.

  • Theyre fascinated by them,

  • and that is a huge shift in mindset,

  • and once you feel it, you want it to happen a lot more.

  • This world is calling out for us to have a collective mindset,

  • and I believe in doing that.

  • It’s especially important now.

  • Why is it important now?

  • Because things can be devised like drones

  • and drugs and data collection,

  • and they can be devised by more people.

  • and cheaper ways for beneficial purposes

  • and then, as we know from the news every day, they can be used for dangerous ones.

  • It calls on us, each of us, to a higher calling.

  • But here’s the icing on the cake:

  • It’s not just the first opportunity that you do with somebody else that’s probably your greatest,

  • as an institution or an individual.

  • It’s after youve had that experience and you trust each other.

  • It’s the unexpected things that you devise later on you never could have predicted.

  • For example, Marty is the husband of that actress I mentioned,

  • and he watched them when they were practicing,

  • and he was soon talking to Wally, my friend the ex-con,

  • about that exercise regime.

  • And he thought, I have a set of racquetball courts.

  • That guy could teach it. A lot of people who work there are members at my courts.

  • Theyre frequent travelers.

  • They could practice in their hotel room, no equipment provided.

  • That’s how Wally got hired.

  • Not only that, years later he was also teaching racquetball.

  • Years after that, he was teaching the racquetball teachers.

  • What I’m suggesting is, when you connect with people

  • around a shared interest and action,

  • youre accustomed to serendipitous things happening into the future,

  • and I think that’s what were looking at.

  • We open ourselves up to those opportunities,

  • and in this room are key players and technology,

  • key players who are uniquely positioned to do this,

  • to scale systems and projects together.

  • So here’s what I’m calling for you to do. Remember the three traits of opportunity-makers.

  • Opportunity-makers keep honing their top strength

  • and they become pattern seekers.

  • They get involved in different worlds than their worlds

  • so theyre trusted and they can see those patterns,

  • and they communicate to connect around sweet spots of shared interest.

  • So what I’m asking you is, the world is hungry.

  • I truly believe, in my firsthand experience,

  • the world is hungry for us to unite together as opportunity-makers

  • and to emulate those behaviors as so many of you already do, I know that firsthand,

  • and to reimagine a world where we use our best talents together

  • more often to accomplish greater thing together than we could on our own.

  • Just remember,

  • as Dave Liniger once said,

  • You can’t succeed coming to the potluck with only a fork.”

  • Thank you very much.

  • Thank you.

I grew up diagnosed as phobically shy,

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