“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I read a story recently about a troubled young man from the inner-city who had turned his life around and was set to be the first person in his family to graduate from college. He credited his success to his motto, which was, "Never take a day off." Unfortunately, several weeks before graduation, he was killed by a stray bullet at a party. While this story is tragic, it taught me a lot.

I feel very fortunate to attend HBS. We have resources and opportunities that most others do not. I will use these resources wisely and make a promise to myself to Never Take A Day Off. This does not mean that I will work 100 hours per week, it means that I will try not to be complacent or intellectually lazy or feel that I have "done my fair share."

It means that I will take every opportunity to teach my children little things such as the wonder of stargazing in the wilderness or the importance of rooting for hometown sports teams, learn new hobbies such as photography or painting, finish a triathlon, ponder faith, and work to restore confidence in local public schools.

— Nick Shurgot