Mueller College Core Value #8- Do More with Less
Post by Dan Roberts, Director of Admissions
When I was a kid, there was an ABC television show that my friends and I would watch religiously, and then try to re-enact the next day: MacGyver. You see, for those of you who don’t know about the indefatigable Angus MacGyver, he was a secret agent of a different breed. He carried no gun, knife, sword or weapon of any sort. His weapon of choice to get out of tight spots? - his mind, and whatever was available. It was incredible how he could create a gigantic explosion using only a cigarette, matches, chewing gum, kite string and a small can of gasoline strategically pointed at a giant fuel rig.
In the end, MacGyver was the epitome of...
Core Value #8: Do More with Less
But while MacGyver was fiction, there are plenty of examples of folks doing more with less to create personal and professional success. Michael Dell started Dell Computers out of his dorm room, eventually dropping out to pursue his dream full time. Richard Branson launched Virgin Records out of the crypt of a church. Need a more recent example? – How about Mark Zuckerberg starting Facebook out of his dorm? These success stories may seem few and far between, perhaps even far-fetched. Dell, Branson and Zuckerberg all heard the same thing – it couldn’t be done, you can’t do that, it will never happen…yet they did it anyway.
The truth of the matter is this: you do not need a snazzy web site, or high-end marketing materials, or the latest in cutting edge technology…you need a vision, and a never-will-quit attitude, and whatever else you have at your resources. With that, you can do just about anything you want – just like MacGyver.
Mind over matter – do more with less. It has been done before, no reason why it can’t be done again.