“Some of you, ever since you were kids, had people saying, ‘Oh you have such a great visual sense, you should be a designer… Oh, you're so good mechanically, you should be an engineer.
former president of Panera Bread
So now you think, what your skills are, how you approach things, affects what you do. But what a lot of us don’t realize is that it works the other way too. What you do actually affects how you think. The work you do changes you. And there’s a lovely quote on this: ‘the artist in making a sculpture, makes equally a sculptor.’ I could have made this point without that quote, but if I have a chance to come to MIT and quote the world’s foremost expert on the transformative power of work, Karl Marx, I’m going to quote Karl Marx because I don’t think anyone else here at MIT is doing that.