When I suddenly woke up,
I was thinking: What if we could download the wholeweb, and just keep the links?
And I grabbed a pen andstarted writing!
Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stopdreaming.
I spent the middle of that night scribbling out the details and convincing myself it would work.
Soon after, I told my advisor, Terry Winograd,
it would take a couple of weeks for me to download the web
he nodded knowingly, fully aware it would take much longer but wise enough not to tell me.
The optimism of youth is often underrated!
Amazingly, at that time, I have no thoughts of building a search engine.
The idea wasn’t even on the radar.
But, much later we happened upon a better way of ranking and we made a really great searchengine,
and Google was born.
When a really great dream shows up, grab it!
When I was here at Michigan, I had actually been taught how to make dreams real!
I know it sounds funny,
but that is what I learned in a summer camp converted into a training program calledLeadershape.
Their slogan is to" have a healthy disregard for the impossible”.
That program encouraged me to pursue a crazy idea at the time:
I wanted to build a personal rapid transit system on campus to replace the buses.
You're still working on that I heard.
It was a futuristic way of solving our transportation problem.
I still think a lot about transportation—you never loose a dream, it just incubates as a hobby.
Many things people labor hard to do now,
like cooking, cleaning, and driving will require much less human time in the future.
That is, if we “have a healthy disregard for the impossible” and actually build the solutions.