Dean's Open Road
Happenstance of Fate (2:15)
Is It Worth It? (1:12)
There Is No Right Answer (0:43)
It takes as much passion to succeed at something unimportant as something important.
- Says he was a poor student in college; took multiple choice tests and thought, there can't only be four answers to these problems.
- He and his brother-a pediatric cancer researcher-developed a pump that could administer small amounts of medicine to children.
- A doctor at Yale realized that the pump could be used to administer insulin to diabetics-started developing these pumps for different uses.
- Built most of the outpatient dialysis equipment used today.
- Tried to develop a way to purify water to the U.S. Pharmacopeia's standard for injection; failed, spent millions, but developed a powerful purifier.
- Says that the greatest advantage that roadtrippers have over the successful people they've visited is time.
- Before each project, he estimates how much time it would take to develop; if the tradeoff between success and time sunk isn't worth it, he doesn't do it.
- Says in the end, it probably won't matter which of the right paths you take; there are many and they're all important in different ways.