“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
to fail. Not have a setback or a misstep. I want a failure so bad that future HBS
students will unanimously agree that I’m a blockhead when they read the case
about my actions.
up, I wanted to be an actor. Along the
way, I discovered that I could make people laugh, and I desperately wanted to
become a stand-up comedian. But I chose
not to pursue those dreams.
explain: I've spent my life trying to make
the right decisions, trying to show "them all" that I could be successful
despite my baggage. I wanted it not to matter
that I struggled with my weight. Or that
my dad went to prison and never came back.
Or that I was gay.
were a risk, so I made all of the safe choices.
I went to the right schools and worked at the right companies. Move in, move up, move on. Success, success, success.
it’s finally time to reach for more, except now my dreams are different: I want to transform the hospitality industry,
explode barriers for LGBT people globally, and inspire people to see the humor
I do fail, I’ll know that I failed while doing something I was passionate
about. And, to me, that’ll be success
— Andrew Levine
Each year we ask our classmates a straightforward, simple question taken from the lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver.
We share with you intimate and candid responses to this question, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Concept and photography:
Tony Deifell, MBA '02
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