My Mastery Influence: Larry Page
Full Sail University
Business Intelligence, encompassing the ideas of data analytics, processing, and reporting, is best shown through the development of Google by Larry Page. Larry Page graduated as a star of his class with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of Michigan in the early 1990s. Larry flashed signs of his impending mastery early on, but really shone through in a senior level class at UM designed for brainstorming and choosing a senior project. According to his professor, Elliot Soloway, most students would choose a project that would assure an easy, passing grade. However, as he would recall the conversation with Page, “He proposed a project, and I don't remember the details, but I specifically remember I said 'Larry, I don't know if you can do that”. Page simply responded with, “I don't know either but I'm going to give it a shot” (Eadicicco 2014). Professor Soloway recalled being so impressed with the enthusiasm and fervor Page showed in this project, he decided early on that despite the results, he would not dock Page’s grade. This never became an issue, as Page was successful in completing the project, earning a perfect A+ for its successful completion (2014).
The tenacity that Page showed in his undergraduate endeavors never ceased. At a mere 22 years old, he was considering attending Stanford University for a doctorate program in computer science. It was at the initial orientation at Stanford that he met his eventual business partner, albeit no one would have envisioned the partnership based on first impressions. Larry Page and Sergey Brin shared many things: bright minds, young age, and above all, tenacity for their work and thoughts. This tenacity led to debates from the onset of the relationship. It is said, “their first day together was spent arguing” (Kettler 2014). However, this immersion of minds was the birth of many technological advances that changed the way we view the world around us. Initially Larry Page’s interests laid not in ways of searching the World Wide Web, but rather in the mathematical characteristics that it possessed (Battelle 2005). Page spent time researching these paths and learning their many different intricacies, which led him into finding ways to link all of these pathways. “Understand: it is the choice of where to direct his or her creative energy that makes the Master” (Greene 179). Page had unintentionally stumbled across his Creative Task. Instead of trying to find new and improved ways of browsing the Internet, he had the idea to link it together to allow all information to be able to be searched. This new and provocative way of searching brought the idea of not only finding information, but also linking it back to the source to find where it came from. In this way, Page was able to alter his perspective, feeding in to his personal creative strategy. “With such a deep-rooted interest, you can withstand the setbacks and failures, the days of drudgery, and the hard work that are always a part of any creative action” (Greene 179). Despite the newfound interests Page was discovering in his doctoral studies, he continued to dig deep into how the Web worked. He never allowed himself to become content with his discoveries. Allowing this continued growth, Page was cultivating his negative culpability. Poet John Keats defined negative culpability as the “ability to endure and even embrace mysteries and uncertainties” (Greene 182). Keats believed that all Masters of their respective expertise possessed this quality in order to continue their prominent status. “This quality allows them to entertain a broader range of ideas and experiment with them, which in turn makes their work richer and more inventive” (Greene 182). While Page was able to discover and utilize his negative culpability, he also had a keen ability to follow a serendipitous lifestyle and...
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Kettler, S. (2014). The google chronicles: 7 facts on founders Larry Page & Sergey Brin. Retrieved October 14, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/news/google-founders-history-facts
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