As I was making my way out of Deloitte University in Dallas after TED conference has concluded, I was speaking to a partner and she said with utter excitement: “You know what? This was a real spa for the mind!”, and that was indeed a simple yet profound thought. Speakers at the conference gave extraordinary talks and inspirational ideas, from mind-controlled skateboards (photo below if you don’t believe me!), novel risk-intelligence notion, to kinetic sculpture entrepreneurship. The conference concluded with a mind-blowing Texas band called Seryn, it would be hard to explain what type of music they play, but I would say it is a mix of rock, folk with intimate acoustics. It was a brilliant way to end the conference with an extraordinary performance right at the point where sheer enthusiasm ramped up to its peak among the crowd. Band members were music prodigies and polymaths, each circulating around music instruments playing almost every music instrument that I know.
It was a fabulous week. Deloitte has invited all summer associates across the country in Grapevine, TX (has lots of good wineries), and we listened to a remarkable speech by the CEO, learned more about the essence of the firm and met more partners, managers, alumni, and associates that I can possibly remember! One remarkable event was a plenary session with two partners who ran the Sahara ultra-marathon (140+ miles I think) over 5 days. Both of them told us horror stories about how they lost most of their feet skin because of sand getting into their shoes, and losing toe nails, gruesome! The dogged determination the partners had to run this marathon is just exceptional, and I think the firm was trying to send us a message by featuring these two inspiring individuals; the will is everything.