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Tina Seelig  author, educator, and executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures program, talks about why most rules are just recommendations, the power of writing a resume of your failures, reframing problems to give us an expanded set of solutions and much more.  


  • What happens when we do the right things for the wrong reasons
  • Why passion follows engagement and experience
  • The problem with being completely rigid about your life and career plans
  • Why most rules are just recommendations 
  • Simple ways to get outside your comfort zone and grow
  • Learning to use little experiments as the path to innovation 
  • The power of writing a resume of your failures 
  • How to reframe the problems in our life to expand the set of solutions
  • Dealing with the personal, professional and academic challenges of our lives 
  • The importance of knowing your limit when it comes to persistence 
  • A look beyond the romantic illusions of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship

Tina's Books

What I wish I Knew When I was 20

Ingenius: A Crash Course on Creativity

Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and into the World

Dr. Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in the Dept of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University. She is also the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering. She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the dept of MS&E and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford.. You can follow her on twitter @tseelig

Originally aired over 1 year ago.

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