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Nate’s Notes 50: Shane Reese | Smart Work, Hard Work, Humility, & Kindness

By January 30, 2023June 8th, 2023No Comments

Shane Reese

Academic Vice President of BYU

Shane Reese

Shane Reese is one of my role models, and I love the lessons he shared.

First, working smart is great. But so is working hard. And if we gravitate too much to the “work smart” mentality and ignore the importance of hard work and reps, we will not achieve our potential.

Second, as Shane looks around at people he admires and who are successful in all areas of life, they all seem to have a sincerely held sense of intellectual humility. They are able to recognize their own strengths and the strengths of others, and as a result, they can learn from others and build them up.

And finally, Shane really appreciates people who embrace kindness. Just as Sam Smith strived to be kind when he was at his peak, so too should we strive to be kind wherever we are.

In Shane’s words, some of these values may seem old school. But I couldn’t agree more that hard work, humility, and kindness are keys to success.

It’s a simple idea. Please take it seriously. 

Shane Reese Bio:

Shane Reese is the Academic Vice President at BYU. He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in statistics from BYU and then a PhD in statistics from Texas A&M. He has created statistical models that predict the power of solar storms as well as the safest method for destroying chemical weapons. He has also created statistical models for the Philadelphia Eagles and the U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team. Prior to entering academia Shane worked in the Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

I hope you enjoyed learning from Shane Reese, because I always do.