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My interest in technology initially occurred because I was attracted to the similarities between technology and sports. First, success seldom occurs on a whim. Successful athletes spend thousands of hours in the gym and on the field refining their moves, endurance, and strength. Technologists spend an equal amount of time refining their problem-solving skills and endurance to tackle tough problems. Both require a level of tenacity to go the distance to obtain a goal.

While there are solo sports, you will never hear of an individual that made it to the top all by themself. It always takes a team to support, encourage, and validate one’s efforts.  Sports do not have teams consisting of tens of thousands of people. Instead, they are typically smaller more focused groups. Some of the most successful technology ventures have been formed when small groups of people came together and shared a vision to innovate something original.

The idea of disruption is shared by both great technology teams and sports teams. Take the Yankees for example. They are a team where money and talent do not always come together to create a winning season. Likewise, money and people cannot be thrown together to take technology to the next level. Companies like Google and Facebook formed as a result of smaller teams, who were focused on technology and innovation, and attempting to solve the solution to a problem. Think of how many times a number one-ranked team has fallen to another team that leveraged their players more efficiently and offered a disruptive play or strategy that changed the balance of the game.

Both sports and technology require basic building blocks. In both football and real-life, blocking and tackling are needed to position one’s self to be successful. I am learning entry-level programming in order to broaden my knowledge of technology. While humbling at times, I know the efforts will give me a new prospective to leverage technology and tackle new business initiatives. In sports, the majority of effort occurs before the big game when hours are spent practicing. In technology, it is the hours outside of lectures and labs tinkering on lines of code that will make me a better technologist.

With these two disciplines, I stay motivated by always thinking of a well-known adage and one of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein. The adage is “practice makes perfect,” and Einstein once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”  As I engage in old and new endeavors these basic principles keep me motivated to achieve whatever new goals I have set for myself.



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    Hello, my name is Matt Robertson. I love developing new skills, helping others and traveling around the world. I’m a very self-driven, competitive and tenacious individual. I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Economics. I now work as an Analyst within Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Equity Sales & Trading Division in New York City.

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