Jack-in-the-Box Chairman and CEO Lenard A. Comma, M.B.A. (’97) shared three personal stories that impacted his life and key life lessons with M.B.A. and M.I.B.A. candidates during the 2016 H. Wayne College of Business and Entrepreneurship commencement.
“Picture a vehicle you design. Who holds the keys? How far can it go and in what direction are we going? The last question is: Did you have any idea how to recharge this vehicle when it is running out of energy? In my experience, if you can answer these three questions, you can not only survive, you can thrive.”
“…When you look at this vehicle called your life, don’t ever let anyone do that to you, particularly if you have graduated from this school. What I learned about entrepreneurship at this school has fueled my career for the last 25 years.”
“…Figure out now the cadence that you must use to recharge the batteries of your vehicle. What will make you better is to understand your own rhythm, and that is the beat that you move to.”
“…At the end of the day, if you achieve something that brings you a tremendous amount of joy and satisfaction, you’ll know you’re on the right track.”
“…I wish you all the best of luck, and I tell you, have the absolute confidence in what you’ve learned here because this school of entrepreneurship – whether you work within a company and you’re an intra-preneur, or you go on and build the next new incredible thing like Uber – it is the foundation that you have built here that you can rely on to fuel your future.”