Jeff Bezos’s Eye Opening Speech – Best MOTIVATION Ever 2021

You can have a job or you can have a career or you can have a calling and if you can somehow figure out how to have a calling. You have hit the jackpot, because that’s. The big deal, [ Music ]. The stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over.

You guys will find that you have passions and having a passion is a gift. I think we all have passions and you don’t get to choose them. They pick you, but you have to be alert to them. You have to be looking for them and when you find your passion, it’s, a fantastic gift for you, because it gives you direction.

It gives you purpose, you can have a job or you can have a career or you can have a calling, and the best thing is to have a calling and if you find your passion, you ‘ Ll, have that and all your work won’t feel like work to you.

Do something you’re, very passionate about, and don’t try to chase what is kind of the hot passion of the day. You can choose a life of ease and comfort or you can choose a life of service and adventure which one of those when you’re 90 years old.

Are you going to be more proud of whatever it is that we’re? Going to do to start to address that situation, even if it’s not solved the mere fact that we’re, addressing it dramatically, reduces any stress that might come from it.

So stress comes from ignoring things that you shouldn’t be ignoring, i think, in large part, so stress, doesn’t. Come people get stressed wrong. All the time, in my opinion, stress doesn’t come from hard work.

For example, you know you can be working incredibly hard and loving it, and likewise you can be out of work and incredibly stressed over that, no matter how good we are, we can still be better. You can always be better.

Customers have a divine discontent and they teach you if you listen to customers. So we watch for that and we see patterns and we can find places where it’s, not working something’s going wrong and that’s.

Really, how i get the feedback is from customer input. What you really want to do is you take that it’s, an anecdote. It’s, a single example, but you need to find the root cause. What went wrong deep inside the system? How did this happen? Because then you can fix it for everyone.

My job, one of my jobs as the leader of amazon, is to encourage people to be bold and people love to focus on things that aren’t yet working and that’s, good. It’s. Human nature. That kind of divine discontent can be very helpful, but you really you know it’s incredibly hard to get people to take bold bets, and you need to encourage that and if you’re going to take bold bets, they’re going to be experiments and if they’re experiments, you don’t know ahead of time.

They’re, going to work. Every single important thing we’ve ever done. The most important things have always seemed dumb to industry experts at the beginning, so you have to get really good results. You have to be.

You have to defy conventional wisdom, and the problem, of course, is the conventional wisdom is usually correct. Experiments are, by their very nature, prone to failure, but big successes. A few big successes compensate for dozens and dozens of things that didn’t work kindle amazon, prime, our third-party seller business.

All of those things are examples of bold bets that that did work and they pay for a lot of experiments. I’ve made billions of dollars of failures at amazon.com. Literally billions of dollars of failures.

You don’t just fix the symptom, you have to fix the root cause and that’s been the secret to our operational success for 20 years. There are a lot of things that are a waste of time. You know when you think about your life.

I think i i often tell people um that i work with if you can get because people people have very high standards for how they want their work, life to be and uh, and i said, look if you can get your work life to be where you Enjoy half of it, that is a home.

That is amazing, because very few people ever achieve that, because the truth is everything comes with overhead: that’s reality. I’m willing to keep funding things. If, if, if there’s, one high judgment champion who still wants to keep trying – and i think that’s extremely important, because i think most companies, especially larger companies, give up on things too soon.

Companies that don’t continue to experiment companies that don’t embrace failure. They eventually get in a desperate position where they, the only thing they can do, is make a kind of hail. Mary bet at the very end of their corporate existence, whereas companies that are you know making bets all along.

Even you know big bets, but not bet the company bets. I don’t believe in bet the company bets that’s. When you’re desperate, that’s, that’s, the last thing you can do what we’re, really focused on is thinking long term, putting the customer at the center of our universe and inventing those are The three big ideas to think long term, because a lot of invention, doesn’t work.

If you’re going to invent, it means you’re, going to experiment, you have to think long term. So these three ideas, customer centricity, long-term thinking and a passion for invention those go together that’s, how we do it and by the way we have a lot of fun doing it that way.

Every job comes with pieces. You don’t like, and we need to say that’s, just how that’s, part of it and and not resent those pieces or try not to, but also try to minimize them. I tell senior executives.

You should have the least stress you know there’s. This weird, i think false uh idea that ceos i’m. A ceo there’s, this false idea that ceos are under the most stress. Well, i look at that. I’m like why you’re in charge.

That is true for most businesses, where you kind of proceed. Adaptively it’s, step by step. You figure it out. You have a success and then you kind of double down on that success and you figure out what what else you can do, what customers want everything we’ve done and all the success we have is at its root, primarily due to the fact That we have put customers first, so you really need to be very clear with yourself and i think one of the best ways to do that is this notion of projecting yourself forward to age 80.

Looking back on your life and trying to make sure you’ve minimized the number of regrets you have that works for that works for career decisions. It works for family decisions, it means step-by-step ferociously and it’s.

The motto for blue origin and basically you can’t skip steps. You have to put one foot in front of the other things take time there are no shortcuts, and but but you want to do those steps with you know, passion and ferocity.

You need to be um, nimble and robust, so you need to be able to take a punch uh, and you also need to be quick and and and innovative and and doing new things at a high speed that’s. That’s. The best defense against the future and you have to always be leaning into the future.

If you’re, if you’re leaning away from the future, the future is going to win every time, never ever ever lean away from the future. Being an inventor requires because the world is so complicated, you have to be a domain expert.

I mean in a way, even if even if you’re, not at the beginning, you have to learn. Learn learn, learn, learn enough so that you become a domain expert, but the danger is once you become a domain expert.

You can be trapped by that knowledge and so inventors have this paradoxical ability to have that. You know 10 000 hours of practice and be a real domain expert and have that beginner’s. Mind have that that look at it freshly, even though they know so much about the domain.

A young person should find something that they’re, passionate about to do and that’s, not gonna surprise. Anyone it’s. It’s, a clear thing to do it’s very hard. If you don’t love your work, you’re, never gonna be great at it, and that’s.

The key um to inventing you have to have both, and i think that is intentional. I think all of us have that inside of us and we can all do it, but you have to be intentional about it. You have to say yeah.

I am going to become an expert and i’m, going to keep my beginner’s, mind you have to figure out how to set up your life in such a way that you can minimize the things, and i find people don’t dislike hard work.

What people dislike and what is being out of control like they can’t control their life. They can’t control their environment. I think everybody has their own uh passion their own thing that they’re interested in, and then you’re, very alert to the things that that are in the sphere of influence of that passion.

My advice would be the same for any kind of entrepreneur, and that is make sure that you are focused on something you’re passionate about. So if you look at the early internet companies, they were started and focused on doing something that they thought was very interesting.

Long before the internet was fashionable in any way. We only have a few principles of amazon kind of core values that we go back to over and over again, and if you look at each of the things that we do, you would see those run straight through everything.

So the first one, and by far the most important one, is customer obsession and we talk about it as customer obsession as opposed to competitor obsession, and i have seen over and over again companies talk about that.

They’re customer focused, but really when i pay close attention to them, i believe they are competitor. Focused customers are always dissatisfied. They, even when they don’t know it even when they think they’re happy.

They actually do want a better way and they just don’t know. Yet what that should be, and that’s. Why? I always warn people. Customer obsession is not just listening to customers. Customer obsession is also inventing on their behalf because it’s, not their job, to invent for themselves.

The other thing i would suggest to any young person, even before they start their career, is to really think about their choices. You can get very fixed on your gifts, so everybody has gifts. There are a lot of things that you can be given, but those things can confuse you because they’re, not the things that construct your life.

It’s. Your choices that construct your life, you can’t follow the fashion when you’re, trying to do a startup company or, i think, really anything in life, but you have to as an entrepreneur. If you’re gonna, if you’re gonna build a company pick, something you think is interesting.

That has the intersection of genuinely creating real customer value and then just stay right there and let the wave catch you. You know you’re very lucky. If you have a career, a lot of people end up with a job, so it’s not like.

I really have a choice to follow this passion it has captured me all overnight. Successes take about 10 years,

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Elon Musk – Why I Win

I certainly never expected to to to see the level of success that that’s occurred um, because i i’m, actually an engineer and uh, but i discovered that in order to do the engineering that i want to do, i have To have my own company, otherwise somebody makes me do something i don’t want to do.

I think it’s. Important to um have a a very um to apply critical thinking to this may sound trite, but to apply critical, critical thinking to what one is doing, and by that i mean just um the fundamentals of logic you know of um: do you have the right axioms? Um are they relevant and are you making the right conclusions based on those on those axioms that that’s, the essence of critical thinking, and yet it is amazing how often people fail to do that? Um, i think wishful thinking is uh innate uh.

In the human brain um you you want things to be the way you you wish them to be in so you tend to filter information that you shouldn’t filter that’s, the most common flaw that i see and then i Also tend to see that that people, instead of um reasoning from first principles, they tend, they will tend to uh act in a mere they will they’ll do things because others are doing them because there is a trend or – or you know they Just see everyone going that direction, so they think that must be a good direction to go um, which is sometimes correct.

But then sometimes you know you’re. You’re, going to run off a cliff or something [ Music ]. So it’s, much better to to really look at things from you know as more same physics from a first principle standpoint, what are the fundamental truths or the most fundamental truths in an arena and uh? What what can you any conclusions? Logic that you come to must be derived from those fundamental truths.

Well i hate to say it, but the naysayers do get me down, but but uh yeah, i think absolutely um. Persistence is extremely important. Um you should not give up if there is, if there’s, unless you’re forced to give up, you know, unless there’s, no other choice, um uh! Now that that that principle can be misapplied um, if you happen to be trying to um penetrate a brick roll with your head uh, you know so so you have to be cautious in in always saying one should always persist and never give up, because there actually Are times when you should give up um, because you’re doing something in error? But if you’re convinced that what you’re doing is correct, then you should never give up there’s.

A friend of mine who’s, got a good saying about starting companies, which, i think is is true um, you know, starting companies is like eating glass and staring into the abuse of death. If that sounds appealing be an entrepreneur actually, that’s, where physics is really helpful, except in unexplored areas of physics or difficult to explore, is physics is very helpful for figuring out whether you’re violating one of the say, the the Fundamental laws like uh are you conserving momentum and energy? If you’re, not, then you probably are not going to be successful or if you think you’re, not so yeah, but i think i think one thing try to get to a useful prototype as soon as possible with the least Amount of money, i think that’s, that’s, usually a good idea.

You know everything works on powerpoint um, and so people are somewhat skeptical if they see a powerpoint presentation or a website or something, but if they see the actual hardware and it’s working that is much much more convincing.

It also will help identify if what you’re trying to do is uh impossible or extremely difficult, or something like that. You know. Like i said in the beginning, i’m, really primarily an engineer, so i enjoy engineering that’s, that’s.

What i derive the most intrinsic satisfaction or happiness from so uh. In fact, i happened to be up until 5 am this morning working on an engineering problem for an improvement to the rocket which uh, i think i think will be good.

Hopefully otherwise, there’s, a lot of wasted sleep, [, Music ]. So i i really like yeah working under sharing problems, particularly with with my engineering teams and coming up with with innovative ideas and making them a reality that’s.

My what i enjoy the most, i think, certainly being focused on something that you’re, confident will have high value to someone else and just being really rigorous in making that assessment um, because people tend to natural human tendency is wishful thinking um.

So a challenge for entrepreneurs is to say well what’s, the difference between really believing in your ideals and sticking sticking to them versus pursuing some unrealistic dream that doesn’t actually have merit and it’s.

It’s. That is a that is a really difficult thing to to tell you. Can you tell the difference between those two things, so you need to be sort of very rigorous um in your self self analysis um, i think, certainly extremely tenacious and and then just work i mean you just have to put in you know 80 hour, 80 to 100 hour weeks, every week, if, if other people are putting in 40 hour work weeks and you’re, putting in 100 hour work weeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing.

You know that in in one year you will achieve what they achieve. You will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve. Well, i i guess i don’t mind taking risks um but um, i think um. You know very often people overweight, what what enjoyment money can bring.

You know like buying lots of things is not necessarily the thing that leads to happiness, and you know it and certainly being incrementally wealthy does not make one incrementally happy. [, Music ], at least for me, it’s more, like you know what what? What? What am i doing that’s useful? What’s, you know? Is it? Are my efforts um making the world a little bit better? You know that kind of thing i mean i like to build things you know like to construct and to evaluate uh my efforts based on what what things have i helped to build that people have enjoyed that’s really the main thing you know.

I think that you know if you look at any uh any big company, you look at the early history. You know it was always they they had to make progress, and – and i think this is maybe a good good general advice for somebody who’s.

Creating a company is, you know you try to make something work at a small scale. You prove yourself and then uh customers will give you a little bit more credit, and then you can try something a little bit more and you you know with each successive iteration of the technology.

You build confidence, you know bigger and bigger uh contracts and that kind of thing and it i think, uh with the spacex that’s, that’s, pretty much. What & # 39? S happened? We’ve um. We’ve, been able to gradually build the confidence of nasa and commercial satellite operators and and that’s, that’s.

What’s, given us the resources to do some additional development? Uh, like the vertical takeoff and landing, i think it’s, certainly important to to persist in things. I do think that there’s a if there’s, a framework that that that physics teaches that’s.

A helpful framework for thinking um, you know, which is to sort of reason, from first principles and rather than by analogy um and to always question whether you’re wrong and try to invalidate your own theories: [, Music ].

These are important things and yeah i mean, i think also. Maybe people have too much fear of failure. You know this, you have to say well what would really happen to you? If you failed, i mean you’re, not going to stop.

You know probably will not lose shelter, so why not? Try want to try things. You know, i think very often people self-limit what they’re capable of without realizing it. I mean i certainly admire steve jobs, a lot for what he did.

I mean he certainly um created projects for products that were that had this amazing feel to them. They just felt like uh, you know somewhat magical, and so he did great things with with with apple um and uh.

You know like ben franklin, benjamin franklin, you know in he was he seemed like someone who did the right thing at the right time and uh. He was sort of a scientist and inventor, and you know all around good guy.

I like how i can [ Music ], and but i like you know, generally scientists and engineers and so at spacex, for example, the conference rooms are named after great scientists and engineers. Obviously, tesla is named after nikola tesla, so um.

You know, i think, uh. Anyone who’s, who’s, done useful things that added to the world and where you know you’d, be sad. If that person had not existed, then i think those people are worth admiring.

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“10 Rules of Great Leaders” Jeff Bezos’s @JeffBezos Top 10 Rules

My job, one of my jobs as the leader of Amazon, is to encourage people to be bold and people love to focus on things that aren’t yet working and that’s, good. It’s. Human nature. That kind of divine discontent can be very helpful, but you really you know it’s incredibly hard to get people to take bold bets, and you need to encourage that and if you’re gonna take bold bets.

They’re gonna be experiments, and if they’re experiments, you don’t know ahead of time, though they’re gonna work. Experiments are by their very nature prone to failure, but big success is a few big successes, compensate for dozens and dozens of things that didn’t work, so you know bold bets AWS, Kindle Amazon, Prime, our 3rd party seller business.

All of those things are examples of bold bets that that did work and they pay for a lot of experiments. I’ve, made billions of dollars of failures at amazon.com literally billions of dollars of failures, and you know you might remember pets, calm or Cosmo, or you know, give myself a root canal with no anesthesia very easily.

None of those things are fun, but but they also they don’t matter. What really matters is companies that don’t continue to experiment companies that don’t embrace failure. They eventually get in a desperate position where they only thing they can do is make a kind of Hail Mary bet at the very end of their corporate existence, whereas companies that are you know, making bets all along.

Even you know big bets, but not bet the company bets I don’t. I don’t believe in bet the company bets that’s. When you’re desperate. That’s. That’s. The last thing you can do. We know from our past experiences that big things start small.

You know mistakes tarts from an acorn and you’ve got a recognizing. You’ve got to be willing to let that acorn grow into a little sapling and then finally, into a small tree, and maybe one day it’ll, be a big business on.

So, in fact, that’s. One of the mottos for one of your initiatives and forgive my my pronunciation of the Latin but Greta team for Oct. What does that mean to you? Well, it means step by step ferociously and it’s.

The motto for Blue Origin and basically you can’t skip steps. You have to put one foot in front of the other things take time you there are no shortcuts, and but but you want to do those steps with you know, passion and ferocity.

I think prior most important piece of intellectual property is our brand name, and I think people and – and I think this is very important – for anybody who’s going to start a company or market an invention to understand is that brands for companies are Like reputations for people and reputations are hard earned and easily lost, so the most important intellectual property that a company can have is for us.

It’s that it’s. It’s, it’s, Amazon. It’s that that name, but what it stands for. We’ve, worked very hard to earn trust. You can’t ask for trust. You just have to do it the hard way, one step at a time.

You make a promise and then fulfill the promise. You say we ‘ Ll deliver this to you. You know it tomorrow and then you actually deliver it tomorrow and if you do that over and over again, then ultimately you can instill your company’s, name with a reputation and that’s.

I think you know. Sometimes people talk about brands in this very amorphous way, but for me I like to think of it as a person and what is the reputation that that person has and how have they earned that reputation, I think stress you can be one of the things that’s very important.

To note about stress is the stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over. So if I find that some particular thing is causing me to have stress that’s, a Oh, a warning flag for me, what it means is there’s, something that I haven’t completely identified.

Perhaps in my conscious mind that is bothering me and I haven’t yet taken any action on. I find as soon as I identify it and make the first phone call or send off the first email message or whatever it is that we’re gonna do to start to address that situation.

Even if it’s not solved the mere fact that we’re, addressing it dramatically, reduces any stress that might come from it. So stress comes from ignoring things that you shouldn’t be ignoring, I think, in large part.

So stress, doesn’t. Come people get stress wrong all the time. My opinion stress, doesn’t come from hard work. For example, you know you can be working incredibly hard and loving it, and likewise you can be out of work and incredibly stressed over that.

So and likewise, if you kind of use the you know, use that as an analogy for what I was just talking about. If you’re out of work, but you’re going through, you know, a disciplined approach of you know a series of job interviews and so on and working to remedy that situation.

You’re, going to be a lot less stressed than if you’re, just worrying about it and doing nothing. If you’re, giving great customer experience there’s. The only way to do that is with happy people you can’t, do it with a set of miserable people.

You know watching the clock all day, so does that include work-life balance and all those things yes, but I would I use. I teach three leadership classes a year at Amazon I’m, a part of it. They’re, bigger classes, but I come in and teach a session and I always talk about work-life balance, except I like to use the phrase.

Work life harmony rather than balance because to me balance implies a strict trade, whereas I find that when I am happy at work, I come home more energized. I’m, a better husband, a better dad and when I’m happy at home, I come in and a better boss and better colleague, and so that that it’s.

Not you could be out of work and we have terrible work-life balance. You know, even though you’ve got all the time in the world right. You could just feel like. Oh, my god, you know, I’m miserable and you would be draining energy, and so you have to find that harmony.

It’s, a much better word and I think for most people it’s about meaning people want to know that they’re, doing something interesting and useful, and for us you know, because of the challenges that we have Chosen for ourselves, we get to work in the future and it’s super fun to work in the future for the right kind of person.

It’s, easy to have ideas. It’s very hard to turn an idea into a successful product. There are a lot of steps in between it takes persistence relentlessness, so I always tell people who are you know who think they want to be entrepreneurs, it’s.

You need a combination of stubborn relentlessness and flexibility, and you have to know when to bewitch and basically you need to be stubborn on your vision, because otherwise it’ll be too easy to give up.

But you need to be very flexible on the details because, as you go along pursuing your vision, you’ll, find that some of your preconceptions were wrong and you’re gonna need to be able to change those things.

So I think, taking an idea successfully, all the way to the market and turning it into a real product that people care about and that really improves people’s lives. It’s, a lot of hard work. I had some family role models and I had some other people.

You know some sort of historical role models that I looked at too. So certainly my my grandfather was a serious role model for me. I just said fit so much time right. You learned different things from grandparents and you learned from parents.

It’s, a it’s a great. I would encourage anybody to try to spend time not only with their parents but with their grandparents and but I, and I also had I to people I always would read about and or Thomas Edison and Walt Disney.

Those were sort of my you know: biographical heroes. I always been interested in in inventors and invention and Edison. Of course, just you know, for for a little kid is the and probably for adults too.

I still feel this way, at least. Is that not only the symbol of that, but the actual fact of that they just incredible inventor and and I’ve, always felt that there’s. A certain kind of important pioneering.

That goes on from an inventor like Thomas Edison, and then Disney was a different sort of thing. He also you know, a real pioneer and an inventor and doing new things, but it seemed to me that he had this incredible capability to create a vision that he could get a large number of people to share, because the the things that Disney invented like Disneyland, You know the theme parks are so, and they were such big visions that no single individual, unlike a lot of the things that Edison worked on, no single individual, could have her pull them off and and Walt Disney really was able to get a big team of People working in a concerted direction, I don’t, really remember the exact day or anything, but when I was in college is when I started thinking about wanting to be an entrepreneur someday.

So it was. I was not the kid with the lemonade stand. You know I didn’t. I wasn’t one of these kids, who was always trying to race, but I always wanted to be a scientist when I was little yeah, but I’d, also always loved computers.

I, like I, was lucky because at my age this is unusual to have access to a mainframe computer from my elementary school. When I was in fourth grade and quickly learned that there was a pre-programmed Star Trek game on that computer and then I never did anything except play Star Trek with the computer, so I don’t know how formative that was certainly led.

It’s, really helped my Star Trek knowledge considerably and and but I’ve, always loved computers somewhere in college. I started watching some of the people who were like setting up. You know college pizza, delivery services, and you know the kind of the core entrepreneurs and thinking you know.

This looks like a really fun thing to do. I ain’t, been very rare idea that can be done by a single individual. Almost everything that is going to change the world solve a problem improve something these are usually big efforts and they require you know, teams a team working together to really get something important done, and that has been the story of amazon.

com every step along the way we’ve had a team here that is, is making this work. I mean I don’t know, even even at the smallest scale, you have to figure out how to get help from your friends from your family members from people that you can hire in those early days.

I think, without that it would never work. Do something you’re, very passionate about, and don’t, try to chase what is kind of the hot passion of the day. I think we actually saw this. I think you see it all over the place and many different contexts, but I think we saw it in the internet world quite a bit where you know it’s, sort of peak of the sort of internet.

You know mania and say: 1999. You found people who were you know very passionate, something they kind of left that job and decided. I’m. Gon na you know, go do something in the internet because it’s. You know it was almost like the you know.

The 18-49 Gold Rush, in a way I mean you, find that people, if you go back and say to the history of the 18-49 Gold Rush, you find that you know at that time. Everybody who was in was within the shouting distance of California.

Was you know they might have been a doctor, but they quit being a doctor and they started panning for gold and that that almost never works, and even if it does work, you know, according to some metric financial success or whatever it might be, I suspect it Leaves you ultimately unsatisfied, so you really need to be very clear with yourself and I think one of the best ways to do that is this notion of projecting yourself forward to age 80.

Looking back on your life and trying to make sure you’ve minimized the number of regrets you have that works for that works for career decisions. It works for family decisions, you know, do you want? I have a 14 month old son and it’s very easy for me to.

If I think about myself, when I’m 80, I know I want to watch that little guy grow up, and so it it’s. I don’t want to be 80 and think shoot. You know I missed that whole thing and I don’t have the kind of relationship with my son that I wished I had and so on and so on.

So, if you think about that, so I guess another thing that I would recommend to people is that they always take a long term point of view, and I think this is something about which there’s, a lot of controversy.

You know there’s, a there’s a you know something a lot of people and I’m. Just not one of them believe that you should live for the now. I think what you do is you think about the the the great expanse of time ahead of you and try to make sure that you’re planning for that in a way that’s going to leave, you ultimately satisfied.

So this is just my. This is the way it works for me, and I mean this is everybody needs to find that for themself? So there are a lot of paths to satisfaction and you need to find one that works works for you.

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Sundar Pichai Inspirational Video | Follow Your Passion | Motivational Speech | Startup Stories

[ Music ] start up stories in association with oh look: daughter, [, Music, ]. Let me tell you a little bit about my personal journey to Silicon Valley from India 22 years ago growing up in India. Like many of you, I got my first telephone when I was 12.

In my case, it turned out to be a rotary phone, so it wasn’t that great for selfies, but I still love to call my friends play with it and sometimes take it apart that telephone cemented my fascination with technology.

I remember in my parents house, in Chennai reading about the invention of the transistor at Bell Labs course that initial invention helped found Ward became known as Silicon Valley and out of that came companies like fat, child semiconductor and Intel and all the computers and software that We all used today you can draw a direct line from that invention to the technology that powers your Twitter feed or your reach ad messages.

Today, [ Music ] a lot of times when I was younger. You know people would say you know this person, didn’t get into this college or something and that’s. The end of the road I mean life is so different from that, and so I think it’s.

Important to you know, keep your hopes, keeps you, keep your dreams and try to follow them, and you know, I think I think most of how life plays out is up to you not up to up to what happens outside of you and I think it’s important to keep that in mind and take the long-term view.

I still vividly remember, as a teenager, jumping onto a crowded train, a Chennai and traveling for 24 hours to attend my school at IIT Kharagpur and that opportunity changed the course of my life. You want to aim high enough that you fail.

You know a few times. I think that’s, the natural part of the process – in fact you know Larry, is to say if you work on really difficult things, you’re better off, because you have no competition. Others aren’t working on that difficulty problem and even if you fail, you end up doing something great in the process.

I think you know working the real world. I would say you know it is important to be well-rounded. It’s. Important to you know, try different things. You know take some risks. You know I would encourage.

People to you know, follow their passions a little bit more to follow, set lanes throughout your carrier. Getting into an elite institution. Doesn’t guarantee success. It matters a lot, but it doesn’t guarantee success and you know I think I think that’s.

It’s, important to keep the perspective in life, and you know life is a long road and you know so. You want to you want to take it at the right pace and enjoy what you’re doing. I know how much hard work it takes to pursue a dream of building a business, the long hours, time away from family.

The ideas you know are brilliant that just don’t seem to catch on. I remember reading about that and thinking it’s. The idea that matters it didn’t matter where you come from, or what your background is.

One revolutionary idea, one brilliant invention – can unleash other entrepreneurs to revolutionize industries in ways. You could never predict [ Music ], you

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Inspirational Speech by Warren Buffett | Best Motivational Videos for Success | Startup Stories

If you risk something that is important to you, for something that is unimportant to you. It just does not make any sense. I don't care what if the odds are a 100 is to 1 that you succeed or a 1,000 to 1 that you succeed.

If you hand me a gun, with a thousand chambers or million chambers in it there is a bullet in one chamber and you said put it up to your temple how much do you want to be paid to pull it once? I am not going to pull it.

you can name any sum you want but it does not do anything for me. We will always have problems I mean ever since I got out of the school, sometimes I used to sell stocks that always give me 10 reasons why you shouldnt buy them you have heard them all throughout your life.

But, the world does not belong to the pessimist, believe me. You are selling happiness and having it arms length away, that is the big part of it.. you know? the distribution shows the development. It is the right formula brochure and it just has to be carried out with you know.

. with extreme diligence, enthusiasm in every minute of the day. Picture Omaha in 1937 I was 7 years old and no weather conditioning, So the summers were hot and humid, people were run out of melons at night just to try and cool off so i got the idea that.

. maybe I can sell them what you will call soft drinks and we called pop. uhh.. so I went down to a bunch of gas stations.. and in those days every gas station had a cooler, and it had a little opener on the side and something to catch hold of bottle caps.

So I went around and collected all the bottle caps for weeks, Uhh, at these various gas stations, I collected 8000 of them, and then I sorted them all out. And I saw that there were Coca-cola overwhelmed everybody else.

There were these well off sober like ones in those days and my grand father had grocery stores, so I went to my grandfather and I said.. How about giving me a deal on coke so I could sell around the neighborhood and they sold me at the rate of 6 bottles for a quarter and I went around and sold it for a nickel age and I sold out every time.

I had no inventory,I had no receivables, I had the best business I ever had. Those were low return businesses, but time is the friend of the wonderful business, its the enemy of the lousy business, If you are in a lousy business for a long time, you are going to get a lousy result, even if you buy in cheap.

If you are in a wonderful business for a long time, even if you pay a little too much going in, you are going to get a wonderful result if you stay in a long time. I like to study failure.. actually and then my partner says all i want to know is where I will die, so I never go there and, and we want to see what has caused businesses to go bad and.

. the biggest thing that kills them.. is complacency You want a restlessness, a feeling that somebody is always after you but you are going to stay ahead of them, you always want to be on the move.. the danger will always be that you rest on your laurels.

That restlessness that belief, that is the key. That tomorrow looks more exciting than today, you just have to permeate the organization. You really want your decision making to be by looking in the mirror and saying to yourself "Im buying a 100 shares of General Motors at $55 because" and then it is your responsibility if you are buying it and.

. there has got to be a reason. And if you cannot state the reason, you should not buy it. If it is because somebody told you about it at a cocktail party, not good enough, you know. That we stick to pretty carefully.

Its one of the things Ben Braham taught me. visit our website startup story Zion for more inspirational stories and updates from the startup world if you risk something that is important to you for something that is unimportant to you it just does not make any sense I don't care whether the odds are a hundred to one that you succeed or a thousand one this see if you hand me a gun with a thousand chambers a million chambers in it and there's a bullet in one chamber in your set put it up your temple how much do you want to be paid to pull at once I'm not gonna pull it you know you can name any sub you want but it doesn't do anything for me we'll always have problems I mean you know ever since I got out of school somebody's I used to sell stocks that always gonna make ten reasons why you shouldn't buy them and you've heard them all throughout your life but the world does not belong to the pessimists believe me you're selling happiness and and and and it's you know I'm having at arm's length away there's a big part of it and you you know the distribution system development it's it's it's the right formula motor and it just has to be carried out with you know with extreme diligence enthusiasm and every minute of the day picture Omaha 1937 I was seven years old and no air conditioning so the summers were hot and humid people went out on their lawns at night just to try and cool off and I got the idea that maybe I could sell them what you would call soft drinks and we called pop so I went around to a bunch of gas stations and in those days every gas station had a cooler and it had a little opener on the side and something to catch all the bottle caps so I went around and collected all the bottle caps for weeks these various gas stations I collected 8000 of them and then I sorted them all out and I saw that they were coca-cola overwhelmed everybody else there were these little silver like ones in those days and my grandfather at a grocery store so I went to my grandfather and I said how about giving me a deal on coke so I can sell it around the neighborhood and he sold me at the rate of 6 bottles for a quarter and I went around and sold him for a nickel each and I sold out every time I had no inventory I had no receivables had the best business I ever had [Applause] those are low return businesses but time is the friend of the wonderful business it's the enemy of the lousy business we're in a lousy business for a long time you're gonna get a lousy result even if you buy a cheap if you're in a wonderful business for a long time even if you pay a little too much going in you're gonna get a wonderful result if you stay in a long time I like to study failure actually and my partner says all I want to know is where I'll die so I'll never go there and and we want to see what has caused businesses to go bad and the biggest thing that kills them is complacency you you want a restlessness feeling that somebody's always after you but you're going to stay ahead of them you always want to be on the move the danger would always be the you rest on your laurels that restlessness that belief that that's that is the key to the tomorrow is more exciting than today you know you just have to have a permeate the organization [Music] I mean you really want your decision-making to be by looking in the mirror and saying yourself I'm buying a hundred shares of General Motors at 55 because and I mean it's your responsibility if you're buying it and there's got to be a reason and if you can't state the reason you shouldn't buy it it's because somebody told you about it a cocktail party not good enough you know that we stick to pretty pretty carefully that's one of the things Ben Graham taught me [Music] you

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Elon Musk Motivational Video | Inspirational Speech | Never Give Up | Startup Stories

Startup stories in association with oh look dot in A friend of mine who’s, got a good saying, which is that starting a company is like eating glass and then staring into the abyss. When you first start a company There’s, lots of optimism and things are great and then so happiness at first is high.

Then you encounter all sorts of issues and happiness will steadily decline. When my brother and I were starting our first company Instead of getting an apartment, we just rented a small office and we slept on the couch.

We had just one computer, so the website was up during the day And I was coding at night seven days a week all the time. If you succeed and in most cases you will not succeed and Tesla almost didn’t. Succeed came very close to failure.

I don’t ever give up., I mean I’d, have to be dead or completely incapacitated. If you’re trying to do something new, it’s. The best way to think Now is the time to take risk. Spacex has announced an ambitious plan to send an unmanned capsule to Mars, Bringing the company’s.

Ceo Elon Musk one step closer to his dream of colonizing. The Red Planet Work hard. Like I mean every waking hour, That’s. The thing I would say if you’re particular if you’re starting a company And then just work like hell, I mean you just have to put in you know 80 hour, 80 to 100 hour weeks.

Every week. Other people are putting in 40-hour work weeks and you’re, putting in 100 hour work weeks, then, even if You’re doing the same thing. You know that in one year you will achieve in Four months what it takes them a year to achieve Whatever area that you get into.

Given that you know, even if you’re the best the best there’s, always a chance of failure, So I think it’s, important that you really like whatever you’re doing. If you don’t like it, life is too short.

You know I’d, say And also, if you like, whatever you’re doing you think about it. Even when you’re, not working., I mean It’ll. Just it’s, it’s, something that your mind is drawn to and and if you don’t like it, You just really can’t make it work.

. I think If you succeed, then after a long time you will finally get back to happiness, [, Music, ], startup stories in association with oh look dot a friend of mine who’s, got a good saying, which is that signing a company is like Eating glass, the staring into the abyss: when you first start a company there’s, lots of optimism and things that things are great and then so happiness at first is high.

Then you encounter all sorts of issues and Happiness will steadily decline. When my brother and I were studying our first company instead of getting an apartment, we just rented a small office and we slept on the couch.

We had just one computer, so the website was up during the day and I was coding at night seven days a week, all the time, [, Music ]. If you succeed and in most cases you will not succeed and Tesla almost didn’t.

Succeed came very close to failure. [, Music ], I don’t ever give up. I mean I’d, have to be dead or completely incapacitated. If you’re trying to do something new, it’s. The best way to think now is the time to take risk.

Spacex has announced an ambitious plan to send an unmanned capsule to Mars, bringing the company’s. Ceo Elon Musk one step closer to his dream of colonizing: the Red Planet, [, Music, ] work hard like I mean every waking hour, that’s, that’s, the the thing I would I would say if your particular, if you’re starting a company, [ Music, ], and then just work like hell.

I mean you just have to put in you know: 80, our 80 100 hour weeks. Every week. Other people are putting in 40-hour work weeks and you’re. Putting in 100 hour work weeks, then, even if you’re doing the same thing.

You know that in in one year you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve [, Music ], whatever area that you get into. Given that you know, even if you, if you’re the best the best there’s, always a chance of failure, so I think it’s, important that you really like whatever you’re doing.

If you don’t like it, life is too short. You know I’d, say and also, if you, if you like, whatever you’re, doing you think about it. Even when you’re, not working, I mean it’ll, just it’s, it’s, something that your mind is drawn to and and if you don’t like it, you just really can’t make it work.

I think. If you succeed, then after a long time you will finally get back to happiness. You you

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Jack Ma Motivational Video | Believe In Your Dreams | Inspirational Speech | Startup Stories

[, Music, ] startup stories in association with oh look dotted with keep our dreams. We believe it, no matter how big the dream is, make small tiny steps ahead. When I graduate from universities – and before you know, for three years, I tried fill-in to universities so apply jobs or 30 times that reject it.

I went for a place if you know you’re, not good. I apply for Harvard for 10 times rejected. Today, young people lot of young people lose hope, lose vision instead of complaint. As I, we also have the same paratus when I got it’s, not a good feeling being rejected by so many people.

We also depressed, though, a little later we find the world has a lot of opportunity. How you see the world how you catch the opportunity we don’t have a rich father, powerful uncle. We don’t have a $ 1 from Bank when Sam from government just work as a team because most of the people they have a fancy.

Ideas are in the date when they wake up in the morning. They go back to do the same job. We have to do something different, [, Music ]. So from there I start my business following two thousand u.s. dollars from my relatives and France so 1999.

I study a leave up in my apartment. People say ah ba-dee Papa motto is terrible, does not a make money, have birds and that all the big bad things, because Emma’s, is battery based battery Google’s battery there’s.

No such model at Alibaba in the USA, so I told myself in people we were better than people thought and those people who are expert of riding horses. They all fall down and I’m, still surviving so many people I talked to at that time.

For our replay. They say this is the stupidest idea you have ever gotten now. We have 800 million people using this a leap a by a device to the young people. Any mistake is an income is a wonderful revenue for you.

So I taught myself and told my young people before 20 years old be a good student way to entrepreneur. Just to learn some experience before 30 years old follow somebody go to a small company. Normally in a big company, it is good to learn.

Processing. You are a part of a big machine, but when go to small company, you learned the passion, you learn the dreams. You learn how to do a lot of things that’s when one time so before 30 years old it’s, not which company you go.

It’s which boss you follow. It’s very important. A good boss teach you differently from 30 to 40 years old. You have to think very clearly. Were you working for yourself? If you really want to be interpreting when you’re 40 to 50 years old, you have to do all the things that you are good.

At don’t try to drop into the new area. It’s too late. You may be successful, but there the rate of dying is too big, so 40 to 50. Think about how can focus on things that you are good at. But when you are 50 to 60 years old work for the young people, because young people can do better than you so rely on them, invest on them, making sure they’re good.

You you

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Bill Gates Motivational Videos | Success Secrets | Best Inspirational Speech | Startup Stories

Visit our website, startup story, Zion for more inspirational stories and updates from the startup world. When I started Microsoft, I didn’t. Think of it as all that risky I mean I was so excited about what we were doing it’s.

True, I could have gone bankrupt, but you know I had a set of skills that were highly employable and in fact my parents were still willing to. Let me go back to Harvard and finish my education. If I wanted to – and so then I got this incredibly conservative approach that I wanted to have enough money in the bank to pay a year’s worth of payroll, even if we didn’t get in he any payments coming in [ Music ], one of my biggest memories of Harvard came in January 1975.

When I made a call from courier house to a company in Albuquerque New Mexico that had begun making the world’s first personal computer, I offered to sell them software. I worried they would realize. I was just a student in a dorm and hang up on me.

Instead, they said we’re, not quite ready, come see us in a month, which was a good thing, because we hadn’t written the software. Yet from that moment i work day and night on the extra-credit project that marked the end of my college, education and the beginning of a remarkable journey with Microsoft.

If you’re gonna start a company, it takes so much energy that you know you it better overcome your your feeling of risk. I don ‘ T think that you necessarily if you’re gonna start a company should do it at the start of your career.

I think there’s, a lot to be said for working for a company learning how they do things when people are first skeptical and then go this kid. Doesn’t know anything. Then when you show them, you’ve. Really got a good product and you know something they actually tend to go overboard and they think whoa.

You know they know a lot. Let’s really do an incredible amount with these people. So our youth, at least in this country, was a huge asset for us. Once we reached a certain threshold, those those problems that come with starting the firm you better.

Think of those, as as part of the the pledge or part of the the challenge that that is part of the excitement – [, Music ], you can’t just keep doing the same old thing you were doing before. We have to take your skills and attack the new frontiers in the business of technology.

You have to think about what are you missing? What is the research or customer feedback, but you should be paying more attention to, and how do you keep that piece of innovation? Very very high: how do you make sure you’re, hiring the very best people and that kind of focuses has helped drive us forward through all the milestones the company has had you’ve got to enjoy what you do every day And for me that’s, working with very smart people, it’s working on new problems.

You know every time we think hey, we’ve had a little bit of success. We’re, pretty careful not to dwell on it too much, because the bar gets raised people’s. Expectations of the products we’ve, always got customer feedback telling us that machines are too complicated.

They’re, not they’re, not natural enough about 25 percent of the time that I’m out traveling around meeting with customers, Europe, Asia and that sort of helps me think. Okay, do we have the right priorities, but what are people responding well to and what would they they like to see us do better, the competition, the the breakthroughs, the research but the computer industry in particular software? You know, I I think is the most exciting and I think I have the best job in that in that business and you all have a chance to innovate.

If you’re thinking about your innovation and of course you should go after any market. Do you think is interested in it, but a little bit if you can also think ok, does this innovation apply to those most in need? You know what are you gonna do to make it cheap enough? Simple enough, you know, figure out how to get get it, so it really, if possible, can extend out to the poorest.

You know I wish I had learned more about that at a young age, and so you haven’t an opportunity to do that. [, Music, ], [, Music, ]. You

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Life Lessons by Women Entrepreneurs | Best Motivational Video | Oprah Winfrey | Indra Nooyi

And ask yourself what is the next right move. Not thinking about 'uhhh' all I got all of this to What is the next right move? And then from that space, make the next right move and the next right move.

And not to be overwhelmed by it because you know your life is bigger than that one moment. You know you are not defined by what somebody says is a failure for you. Because failure is just there to point you in a different direction.

I say to my girls all of the time that your real work is to figure out where your powerbase is and to work on the enlightenment of your personality your gifts that you have to give with the real reason why you are here.

That's… That's the number one thing you have to do, is to work on yourself and to fill yourself up and keep your cup full. Keep yourself full. And I can understand… I could understand that it really was because I was grounded.

I've done the, was doing and continuing to this day to do the consciousness work. I work at staying awake. If you look around you, you see leaders in positions of power in politics, in media, in business, all of them with high IQs, great degrees making terrible decisions.

What is missing is not IQ, but wisdom. And today is getting harder and harder to tap into our own wisdom. Because we are all so hyper-connected to our devices, our screens, our social media. That we are having a hard time disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with ourselves.

What I am telling you is to regularly disconnect from technology, to regularly unplug and recharge in order to reconnect with ourselves, and our own deepest wisdom. I am a very curious person and a and that curiousity really is.

.. I think it is basis for all the kinds of things I like to try and experiment with and attempt and we have a good time doing it. It is not so much being driven as much as being interested in a lot of different things.

I really encourage them if they have a great idea to run with it. Find ways to finance, find ways to build, find ways to market. Every business has… And I don't like saying those things as obstacles all the time.

I like to think them as challenges to be solved and problems to dealt with, working hard and have an… and making money for your hard work. There was another thing I also discovered as an entrepreneur that it is all well and good to work really hard but you must be compensated for your hard work.

Actually, you should see that your business is forming. That a business is being created, you are actually being productive. I'm just a committed and even stubborn person, who wants to see every child getting quality education, who wants to see women having equal rights, and who wants peace in every corner of the world.

Education is one of the blessings of life, and one of its necessities that has been my experience during the seventeen years of my life. We wanted to make our parents proud, and prove that we could also excel in all studies and achieve those goals which some people think only boys can.

But things did not remain the same. I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second one. Ideas are the most vulnerable in their infancy.

And the moment you have an idea it's human nature to turn to your husband, you wife, your co-worker, and tell them your idea. And out of love and concern, often times, people would tell you two or three things that they think may be you should consider.

And it stops people a lot of times often right in their tracks, Failure for me became not trying versus the outcome, So so many people don't take risks for fear of failure. They don't start the business, they don't go create they don't go try out to be in the play or whatever it is for the fear of failure.

And once you redefine that for yourself, you realise that failure is just not trying. Courage is not doing things in the absence of fear Courage is doing things despite the fear. And I have so many fears.

You know, I do. Still, so… And the more you do it, it is like a muscle. Courage gets stronger and stronger and stronger in your life. I think, especially, the more people are in jobs, or in their roles, they feel even more pressure like I'm supposed to know this already.

Or I'm supposed to be the smartest person in the room because I'm doing this for the longest and that is not real, it is just an advantage. Some people start businesses and try to and come across that they are much bigger than they are because they feel like that's only way that they can be taken seriously.

But if you know your products great and you know why you made it, you don't have to apologise for being out of your home or apartment, or being small. The first is competency, I think anybody wants to be a future leader, should have a hip pocket skill.

Everybody looks at and says XYZ is the go-to person for that skill. Because, unless you're really known for something, and not just a generalist, you don't stand out in the pack. But in order to be competent at something, you've got to be a lifelong student.

Because you've got to constantly refine your knowledge with that subject. so that you remain ahead and abreast of everything that goes on that field. First. The second I'd say is courage and confidence.

It is a pair. You can be very very competent but if you are not willing to speak out, if you are not willing to have the confidence, based on your knowledge, what's the point? Right? You just roll over.

So courage and confidence are very important. The third is communication skills. You cannot over invest in communication skills. Written and oral communication speakers as a leader you constantly have to mobilise the troops.

So, I encourage all of you, invest in communication skills, critically important. The fourth skill I'd say is consistency. It is important that leaders are consistent. You can change your mind. But change your mind against a consistent framework.

Because if you are not consistent, people always take in guessing in what you're doing. So, be consistent. And the last skill is your compass. Integrity is critical in this job. You can be competent, you can be courageous, have confidence, be a great communicator, be consistent.

But if you don't have integrity that compass doesn't point true north, everything comes crashing down as we have seen in recent times. So again it's the 5 C model and that's what I've operated against for all my life.

I think it is very important to keep evolving. And I think when you have that kind of a mindset then, reinventing yourself or reinventing the business is the natural part of that process. You have to keep challenging the status quo.

Discomforting as a girl to sort of even look at pursuing a career in brewing but my father said to me, he says why do you have that kind of perspective about brewing because brewing is the oldest biotechnology known to man.

So, you know… I think you should look at it as a science. I think you should look at it as a fermentation science. [Music] and ask yourself what is the next right move not think about oh I got all of this to them what is the next right move and then from that space make the next right move and the next right move and not to be overwhelmed by it because you know your life is bigger than that one moment you know you're not defined by what somebody says is a failure for you because failure is just there to point you in a different direction I say to the my girls all of the time that your real work is to figure out where your power base is and to work on the alignment of your personality your gifts that you have to get with the real reason why you're here that's that's the number one thing you have to do is to work on yourself and to fill your self up and keep your cup full keep yourself full and I can understand I could understand that it really was because I was grounded I've done the was doing and continue to this day to do the consciousness work I work at staying awake if you look around you you see leaders in positions of power in politics in media in business all of them with high IQs great degrees making terrible decisions what is missing is not IQ but wisdom and today it's getting harder and harder to tap into our own wisdom because we are all so hyper connected to our devices or screens or social media that were having a hard time disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with ourselves what I'm telling you is to regularly disconnect from technology to regularly unplug and recharge in order to reconnect with ourselves and our own deepest wisdom [Music] I'm a very curious person and and that curiosity really is I think at the basis for all the kinds of things that I like to try and experiment with and and attempt and and we have a good time doing it it's not it's not so much being driven as much as being interested in a lot of different things I really encourage them if they have a great idea to run with it find ways to to finance find ways to build find ways to market every business has and and I don't like to think of things as obstacles all the time I'd like to think them as challenges to be solved and problems to be dealt with working hard and have ended making money for your hard work that was another thing that I also discovered as an entrepreneur that oh it's all well and good to work really hard but you must be compensated for your hard work actually you see that a business is forming that a business is being created that you are actually being productive [Music] I'm just a committed an even stubborn person who wants to see every child getting quality education who wants to see women having equal rights and who wants peace in every corner of the world education is one of the blessings of life and one of its necessities that has been my experience during the 17 years of my life we wanted to make our parents proud and prove that we could also excel in our studies and achieve those goals but some people think only boys can but things did not remain the same I had two options one was to remain silent and wait to be killed and the second was to speak up and then be killed I chose the second one [Music] ideas are the most vulnerable in their infancy and the moment you have an idea it's human nature to turn to your husband your wife your co-worker and tell them your idea and out of love and concern oftentimes people will tell you the two or three things that they think maybe you should consider and it stops people a lot of times often right in their tracks failure for me became not trying versus the outcome so so many people don't take risks for fear of failure they don't start the business they don't go create the art they want to create or they don't go try out to be in the play or whatever it is for the fear of failure and once you redefine that for yourself and realize the failure is just not trying courage is not doing things in the absence of fear courage is doing things despite the fear and I have so many fears you know I do still so and the more you do it it's like a muscle courage gets stronger and stronger and stronger in your life I think especially the more people are in jobs or in their roles they feel even more pressure like I'm supposed to know this already or I'm supposed to be the smartest person in the room because I've been doing this the longest and that's a real disadvantage some of people start businesses and try to come across that they're much bigger than they are because they feel like that's the only way they're gonna be taken seriously but if you know your products great and you know why you made it you don't have to apologize for being out of your home or your apartment or being small [Music] the first is competency I think anybody who wants to be a future leader should have a hip pocket skill they everybody looks at and says X Y Z is the go-to person for that skill because unless you're really known for something and not just as a generalist you don't stand out from the pack but in order to be competent at something you've got to be a lifelong student because you've got to constantly refine your knowledge of that subject so that you remain a head and a breast of everything that goes on that field first the second I'd say is courage and confidence it's a pair you can be very very competent but if you're not willing to speak out if you're not willing to have the confidence based on your knowledge what's the point right you just roll over so courage and confidence are very important the third is communication skills you cannot over invest in communication skills written and oral communications because as a leader you constantly have to mobilize the troops so I encourage all of you invest in communication skills critically important the fourth skill I'd say is consistency it's important that leaders are consistent you can change your mind but change your mind against a consistent framework because if you're not consistent people always taking a guess in what you're doing so be consistent and the last skill is your compass integrity is critical in this job you can be competent you can be Courage's have confidence be a great communicator be consistent but if you don't have integrity that compass doesn't point true not everything comes crashing down as we've seen in recent times so again it's the five C model and that's what I've operated against for all my life [Music] I think it's very important to keep evolving and I think when you have that kind of a mindset then reinventing yourself or reinventing the business is a natural part of that process you have to keep challenging the status quo discomforting as as as a girl to self even look at pursuing a career and doing but my father said to me he says why do you have that kind of a perspective about growing because booing is the oldest biotechnology known to man so you know I think you should look at it as a science I think you should look at it as a fermentation science [Music]

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Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Commencement Address | Harvard Commencement 2017

President Faust, Board of Overseers, faculty, alumni, friends, proud parents, members of the ad board, and graduates of the greatest university in the world, I'm honored to be with you today because, let's face it, you accomplished something I never could.

If I get through this speech, it'll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard. Class of 2017, congratulations! I'm an unlikely speaker, not just because I dropped out, but because we're technically in the same generation.

We walked this yard less than a decade apart, studied the same ideas and slept through the same Ec10 lectures. We may have taken different paths to get here, especially if you came all the way from the Quad, but today I want to share what I've learned about our generation and the world we're building together.

But first, the last couple of days have brought back a lot of good memories. How many of you remember exactly what you were doing when you got that email telling you that you got into Harvard? I was playing Civilization and I ran downstairs, got my dad, and for some reason, his reaction was to video me opening the email.

That could have been a really sad video. I swear getting into Harvard is still the thing my parents are most proud of me for. What about your first lecture at Harvard? Mine was Computer Science 121 with the incredible Harry Lewis.

I was late so I threw on a t-shirt and didn't realize until afterwards it was inside out and backwards with my tag sticking out the front. I couldn't figure out why no one would talk to me — except one guy, KX Jin, he just went with it.

We ended up doing our problem sets together, and now he runs a big part of Facebook. And that, Class of 2017, is why you should be nice to people. But my best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla.

I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to "see me". Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party.

As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all time romantic lines, I said: "I'm going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.

" Actually, any of you graduating can use that line. I didn't end up getting kicked out — I did that to myself. Priscilla and I started dating. And, you know, that movie made it seem like Facemash was so important to creating Facebook.

It wasn't. But without Facemash I wouldn't have met Priscilla, and she's the most important person in my life, so you could say it was the most important thing I built in my time here. We've all started lifelong friendships here, and some of us even families.

That's why I'm so grateful to this place. Thanks, Harvard. Today I want to talk about purpose. But I'm not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We're millennials.

We'll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I'm here to tell you finding your purpose isn't enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

One of my favorite stories is when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: "Mr. President, I'm helping put a man on the moon".

Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness. You're graduating at a time when this is especially important.

When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.

As I've traveled around, I've sat with children in juvenile detention and opioid addicts, who told me their lives could have turned out differently if they just had something to do, an after school program or somewhere to go.

I've met factory workers who know their old jobs aren't coming back and are trying to find their place. To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose.

I remember the night I launched Facebook from my little dorm in Kirkland House. I went to Noch's with my friend KX. I remember telling him I was excited to connect the Harvard community, but one day someone would connect the whole world.

The thing is, it never even occurred to me that someone might be us. We were just college kids. We didn't know anything about that. There were all these big technology companies with resources. I just assumed one of them would do it.

But this idea was so clear to us — that all people want to connect. So we just kept moving forward, day by day. I know a lot of you will have your own stories just like this. A change in the world that seems so clear you're sure someone else will do it.

But they won't. You will. But it's not enough to have purpose yourself. You have to create a sense of purpose for others. I found that out the hard way. You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact.

And as all these people started joining us, I just assumed that's what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped we'd build. A couple years in, some big companies wanted to buy us.

I didn't want to sell. I wanted to see if we could connect more people. We were building the first News Feed, and I thought if we could just launch this, it could change how we learn about the world.

Nearly everyone else wanted to sell. Without a sense of higher purpose, this was the startup dream come true. It tore our company apart. After one tense argument, an advisor told me if I didn't agree to sell, I would regret the decision for the rest of my life.

Relationships were so frayed that within a year or so every single person on the management team was gone. That was my hardest time leading Facebook. I believed in what we were doing, but I felt alone.

And worse, it was my fault. I wondered if I was just wrong, an imposter, a 22 year-old kid who had no idea how the world worked. Now, years later, I understand that *is* how things work with no sense of higher purpose.

It's up to us to create it so we can all keep moving forward together. Today I want to talk about three ways to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose: by taking on big meaningful projects together, by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose, and by building community across the world.

First, let's take on big meaningful projects. Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks. But we have the potential to do so much more together.

Every generation has its defining works. More than 300,000 people worked to put a man on the moon \'96 including that janitor. Millions of volunteers immunized children around the world against polio.

Millions of more people built the Hoover dam and other great projects. These projects didn't just provide purpose for the people doing those jobs, they gave our whole country a sense of pride that we could do great things.

Now it's our turn to do great things. I know, you're probably thinking: I don't know how to build a dam, or get a million people involved in anything. But let me tell you a secret: no one does when they begin.

Ideas don't come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started. If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook.

Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven't had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started.

Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That's not a thing. It's good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. Anyone working on a big vision will get called crazy, even if you end up right.

Anyone working on a complex problem will get blamed for not fully understanding the challenge, even though it's impossible to know everything upfront. Anyone taking initiative will get criticized for moving too fast, because there's always someone who wants to slow you down.

In our society, we often don't do big things because we're so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today if we do nothing. The reality is, anything we do will have issues in the future.

But that can't keep us from starting. So what are we waiting for? It's time for our generation-defining public works. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and asking volunteers to track their health data and share their genomes? Today we spend 50x more treating people who are sick than we spend finding cures so people don't get sick in the first place.

That makes no sense. We can fix this. How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyone can learn? These achievements are within our reach. Let's do them all in a way that gives everyone in our society a role.

Let's do big things, not only to create progress, but to create purpose. So taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.

Many of our parents had stable jobs throughout their careers. Now we're all entrepreneurial, whether we're starting projects or finding or role. And that's great. Our culture of entrepreneurship is how we create so much progress.

Now, an entrepreneurial culture thrives when it's easy to try lots of new ideas. Facebook wasn't the first thing I built. I also built games, chat systems, study tools and music players. I'm not alone.

JK Rowling got rejected 12 times before publishing Harry Potter. Even Beyonce had to make hundreds of songs to get Halo. The greatest successes come from having the freedom to fail. But today, we have a level of wealth inequality that hurts everyone.

When you don't have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise, we all lose. Right now our society is way over-indexed on rewarding success and we don't do nearly enough to make it easy for everyone to take lots of shots.

Let's face it. There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can't afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.

Look, I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and I don't know a single person who gave up on starting a business because they might not make enough money. But I know lots of people who haven't pursued dreams because they didn't have a cushion to fall back on if they failed.

We all know we don't succeed just by having a good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn't know I'd be fine if Facebook didn't work out, I wouldn't be standing here today.

If we're honest, we all know how much luck we've had. Every generation expands its definition of equality. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights. They had the New Deal and Great Society.

Now it's our time to define a new social contract for our generation. We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful.

We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. We\'92re going to change jobs many times, so we need affordable childcare to get to work and healthcare that aren't tied to one company.

We're all going to make mistakes, so we need a society that focuses less on locking us up or stigmatizing us. And as technology keeps changing, we need to focus more on continuous education throughout our lives.

\ And yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn't free. People like me should pay for it. Many of you will do well and you should too. That's why Priscilla and I started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committed our wealth to promoting equal opportunity.

These are the values of our generation. It was never a question of if we were going to do this. The only question was when. Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity.

But it's not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week — that's all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential. Maybe you think that's too much time.

I used to. When Priscilla graduated from Harvard she became a teacher, and before she'd do education work with me, she told me I needed to teach a class. I complained: "Well, I'm kind of busy.

I'm running this company." But she insisted, so I taught a middle school program on entrepreneurship at the local Boys and Girls Club. I taught them lessons on product development and marketing, and they taught me what it's like feeling targeted for your race and having a family member in prison.

I shared stories from my time in school, and they shared their hope of one day going to college too. For five years now, I\'92ve been having dinner with those kids every month. One of them threw me and Priscilla our first baby shower.

And next year they\'92re going to college. Every one of them. First in their families. We can all make time to give someone a hand. Let's give everyone the freedom to pursue their purpose — not only because it's the right thing to do, but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we're all better for it.

Purpose doesn't only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says "everyone", we mean everyone in the world.

Quick show of hands: how many of you are from another country? Now, how many of you are friends with one of these folks? Now we're talking. We have grown up connected.\ In a survey asking millennials around the world what defines our identity, the most popular answer wasn't nationality, religion or ethnicity, it was "citizen of the world".

That's a big deal. Every generation expands the circle of people we consider "one of us". For us, it now encompasses the entire world. We understand the great arc of human history bends towards people coming together in ever greater numbers — from tribes to cities to nations — to achieve things we couldn't on our own.

We get that our greatest opportunities are now global — we can be the generation that ends poverty, that ends disease. We get that our greatest challenges need global responses too — no country can fight climate change alone or prevent pandemics.

Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community. But we live in an unstable time. There are people left behind by globalization across the world. It's hard to care about people in other places if we don't feel good about our lives here at home.

There's pressure to turn inwards. This is the struggle of our time. The forces of freedom, openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism. Forces for the flow of knowledge, trade and immigration against those who would slow them down.

This is not a battle of nations, it's a battle of ideas. There are people in every country for global connection and good people against it. This isn't going to be decided at the UN either. It's going to happen at the local level, when enough of us feel a sense of purpose and stability in our own lives that we can open up and start caring about everyone.

The best way to do that is to start building local communities right now. We all get meaning from our communities. Whether our communities are houses or sports teams, churches or music groups, they give us that sense we are part of something bigger, that we are not alone; they give us the strength to expand our horizons.

That's why it's so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter. That's a lot of people who now need to find purpose somewhere else. But I know we can rebuild our communities and start new ones because many of you already are.

I met Agnes Igoye, who's graduating today. Where are you, Agnes? She spent her childhood navigating conflict zones in Uganda, and now she trains thousands of law enforcement officers to keep communities safe.

I met Kayla Oakley and Niha Jain, graduating today, too. Stand up. Kayla and Niha started a non-profit that connects people suffering from illnesses with people in their communities willing to help. I met David Razu Aznar, graduating from the Kennedy School today.

David, stand up. He's a former city councilor who successfully led the battle to make Mexico City the first Latin American city to pass marriage equality — even before San Francisco. This is my story too.

A student in a dorm room, connecting one community at a time, and keeping at it until one day we connect the whole world. Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this — your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.

Class of 2017, you are graduating into a world that needs purpose. It's up to you to create it. Now, you may be thinking: can I really do this? Remember when I told you about that class I taught at the Boys and Girls Club? One day after class I was talking to them about college, and one of my top students raised his hand and said he wasn't sure he could go because he's undocumented.

He didn't know if they'd let him in. Last year I took him out to breakfast for his birthday. I wanted to get him a present, so I asked him and he started talking about students he saw struggling and said "You know, I'd really just like a book on social justice.

" I was blown away. Here's a young guy who has every reason to be cynical. He didn't know if the country he calls home — the only one he's known — would deny him his dream of going to college.

But he wasn't feeling sorry for himself. He wasn't even thinking of himself. He has a greater sense of purpose, and he's going to bring people along with him. It says something about our current situation that I can't even say his name because I don't want to put him at risk.

But if a high school senior who doesn't know what the future holds can do his part to move the world forward, then we owe it to the world to do our part too. Before you walk out those gates one last time, as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, Mi Shebeirach, that I say whenever I face a challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking about her future when I tuck her into bed.

It goes: "May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us *find the courage* to make our lives a blessing." I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing. Congratulations, Class of '17! Good luck out there.

dr. Mark Zuckerberg I love this place thank you all for coming out in the rain the pouring rain we're going to make this worth it for you president Faust Board of Overseers faculty friends alumni proud parents members of the ad board and graduates of the greatest university in the world I'm honored to be here with you today because let's face it you accomplished something I never could if I get through this speech today it'll be the first time I actually finished something here at Harvard class of 2017 congratulations now I'm an unlikely speaker today not just because I dropped out but because we're technically in the same generation we walk this yard less than a decade apart we studied the same ideas and slept through the same act 10 lectures we may have taken different roads to get here especially if you came all the way from the quad but today I want to share what I've learned about our generation and the world we're all building together but first these are the last couple of days to brought back a lot of good memories how many of you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you got that email telling you you got into Harvard [Applause] I was playing I was playing the video game civilization and I ran downstairs and got my dad and for some reason his first reaction was to video me opening an email that could have been a really really sad video but I swear getting into Harvard is the thing my parents are most proud of me for my mom is nodding y'all know what I'm talking about look guys it's tough to beat this you'll see when you get out there how many of you remember your first lecture here at Harvard mine was computer science 121 with the incredible Harry Lewis Harry I [Applause] was running late for class so I throw on a t-shirt and I didn't realize until afterwards I put it on inside out and backwards my tag was sticking out the front I couldn't figure out why no one in class would talk to me except for this one guy k-x gym he just went with it we started doing our problem sets together and now he runs a big part of Facebook and that class of 2017 is why you should be nice to people but my best memory from Harvard is meeting Priscilla I had just launched this prank website face mask and the ad board wanted to see me everyone thought I was going to get kicked out my parents drove up here to help me pack my stuff my friends threw me a going-away party who does that as luck would have it Priscilla was at that party with her friends and we met in line for the bathroom in the FO ho bell tower and then what must be one of the all-time most romantic lines I turned her and said I'm getting kicked out in three days so we need to go on to date quickly actually any of you graduating today can use that line I'm getting kicked out today we need to go on a date fast I didn't end up getting kicked out I did that to myself Priscilla and I started dating and you know that movie made it seem like Facemash was so important to starting Facebook it wasn't but without Facemash I never would have met Priscilla and Priscilla is the most important person in my life so you could still say it was the most important thing I built in my time here [Applause] we have all started lifelong friendships here and some of us even families that's why I'm so grateful to this place thanks Harvard today I want to talk about purpose but I'm not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose we're Millennials we try to do that instinctively instead I'm here to tell you that finding your purpose isn't enough the challenge for our generation is to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose one of my favorite stories is when JFK went to go visit the NASA Space Center and he saw janitor holding a broom and he asked him what he was doing and the janitor replied mr.

president I'm helping put a man on the moon purpose is that feeling that you are a part of something bigger than yourself that you are needed and that you have something better ahead to work for purpose is what creates true happiness and you are graduating at a time when this is especially important when our parents graduated that sense of purpose reliably came from your job your church your community but today technology and automation are eliminating many jobs membership in a lot of communities has been declining and a lot of people are feeling disconnected and depressed and are trying to fill a void in their lives as I've traveled around I've sat with children in juvenile detention and opioid addict who told me that maybe their lives would have turned out differently if they just had something to do and after school program or somewhere to go I've met factory workers who know their old jobs aren't coming back and are just trying to find their path ahead for our society to keep moving forward we have a generational challenge to not only create new jobs but create a renewed sense of purpose I remember that night I launched Facebook from that little dorm in Kirkland house I went to Doakes with my friend kayaks and I remember telling him clearly that I was excited to help connect the Harvard community but one day someone would connect the whole world the thing is it never even occurred to me that that someone might be us we were just college kids we didn't know anything about that there were all these great big technology companies with all these resources and I just assumed one of them would do it but this idea was so clear to us that all people want to connect so we just kept working on it day after day after day and I know that a lot of you are going to have your own stories just like this a change in the world that seems so clear that you are sure someone else is going to do it but they're not you will but it's not enough to have that purpose yourself you also have to create a sense of purpose for others and I found that out the hard way you see my hope was never to build a company I wanted to have an impact and as all these people started joining us I just assumed that that's what they wanted to do too so I never took the time to explain what it was that I hoped we'd built a couple years in some big companies wanted to buy us I didn't want to sell I wanted to see if we could connect more people and we were building the first version of newsfeed at the time and I thought if we could just launch this it could change how we all learn about the world nearly everyone else wanted to sell without a sense of higher purpose this was their startup dream come true and it tore our company apart after one particularly tense argument one of my closest advisors told me if I didn't agree to sell the company right now I would regret that decision for the rest of my life relationships were so afraid that within a year or so every single person on our management team was gone that was my hardest time leading Facebook I believed in what we were doing but I felt alone and worse it was my fault I wondered if I was just wrong an impostor a 22 year old kid who had no idea how things actually worked now years later I understand it that is how things work when there's no sense of higher purpose so it's up to all of us to create it so we can all keep moving forward together and today I want to talk about three ways that we can create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose by taking on big meaningful projects together by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue their purpose and by building community all across the world so first let's take on big meaningful projects our generation is going to have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks but we have the potential to do so much more than that every generation has its defining works more than three hundred thousand people work to put that man on the moon including that janitor millions of volunteers immunize children around the world against polio and millions of more people built the Hoover Dam and other great projects and now it's our generations turn to do great things now I know maybe you're thinking I don't know how to build a dam I don't know how to get a million people involved in anything well let me tell you a secret no one does when they begin ideas don't come out fully formed they only become clear as you work on them you just have to get started if I had to know everything about connecting people before I got started I never would have built Facebook movies and pop culture just get this all wrong the idea of a single Eureka moment is a dangerous lie it makes us feel inadequate because we feel like we haven't had ours yet and it prevents people with seeds of good ideas from ever getting started in the first place oh and you know what else movies get wrong about innovation no one writes math formulas on glass okay all right that's not a thing okay it's really good to be idealistic but be prepared to be misunderstood anyone working on a big vision is going to get called crazy even if you end up right anyone taking on a complex problem is going to get blamed for not fully understanding it even though it's impossible to know everything up front anyone taking initiative will always get criticized for moving too fast because there's always someone who wants to slow you down in our society we often don't take on big things because we're so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today if we do nothing the reality is anything we do today is going to have some issues in the future but that can't stop us from getting started so what are we waiting for it is time for our generation defining great works how about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved [Applause] manufacturing and installing solar panels how about curing all diseases and getting people involved by asking volunteers to share their health data track their health data and share their genomes you know today our society spend more than 50 times as much treating people were sick as we invest in finding cures so people get sick in the first place it makes no sense we can fix this how about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online and how about personalizing education so everyone can learn these achievements are all within our reach let's do them all in a way that gives everyone in our society a role let's do big things not just to create progress but to create purpose so taking on big meaningful projects together is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose the second is redefining our idea of equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue their purpose now many of our parents had stable jobs throughout their careers but in order generation we're all a little entrepreneurial whether we're starting our own projects or finding our role in another one and you know that's great because our culture of entrepreneurship is how we create so much progress an entrepreneurial culture thrives when it is easy to try lots of new ideas Facebook wasn't the first thing I built I also built chat systems and games study tools and music players and I'm not alone JK Rowling got rejected 12 times before she finally wrote and published Harry Potter even Beyonce had to make hundreds of songs to get halo the greatest successes come from having the freedom to fail now today we have a level of wealth and equality that hurts everyone when you can't when you don't have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise we all lose and right now today our society is way over indexed on rewarding people when their success and we don't do nearly enough to make sure that everyone can take lots of different shots now let's face it there is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in ten years while millions of students can't even afford to pay off their loans let alone start a business look I know a lot of entrepreneurs and I don't know a single person who gave up on starting a business because they were worried they might not make enough money but I know too many people who haven't had the chance to pursue their dreams because they didn't have a cushion to fall back on if they failed we all know you don't get successful just by having a good idea or working hard you get successful by being lucky – if I had to support my family growing up instead of having the time to learn how to code if I didn't know that I was going to be fine if Facebook didn't work out then I wouldn't be standing up here today and if we were honest we all know how much luck we've had to get to this point in our lives every generation expands its definition of equality previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights they had the New Deal and Great Society and now it's time for our generation to define a new social contract we should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful we should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas we're all going to change jobs and roles many times so we need affordable childcare to get to work and healthcare that's not tied to just one employer and we're all going to make mistakes so we need a society that's less focused on locking us up and stigmatizing us when we do and as our technology keeps on evolving we need a society that is more focused on providing continuous education through our lives and yes giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn't going to be free people like me should pay for it and a lot of you are going to do really well and you should too that is why Priscilla and I started the Chan Zuckerberg initiative and committed our wealth to promoting equal opportunity these are the values of our whole generation it was never a question of if we were going to do this the only question was when Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history in just one year more than three and four u.

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Millennials donated to charity and more than seven and ten raise money for another one but it’s not just about giving money you can also give time and I promise you if you just take an hour to a week that’s all it takes to give someone a hand and help them reach their potential now maybe you’re thinking that’s a lot of time I’m not sure if I have that much time I used to think that you know when Priscilla graduated from Harvard she became a teacher and before she do education work with me she told me that I needed to get my own experience teaching a class at first I complained you know I’m kind of busy running this company but she insisted so I taught an after-school program at the local Boys and Girls Club on entrepreneurship I taught those kids lessons on product development and marketing and they taught me what it was like growing up feeling targeted for your race and what it’s like having a family member in prison I shared stories of my time in school and they shared their hope that one day they would get to go to college too for five years I’ve had dinner with those students every month one of them even through Priscilla and me our first baby shower and next year they’re going to college every one of them first generation and their families we can all make time to give someone a hand let’s give everyone the freedom to pursue purpose not just because it’s the right thing to do but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great we are all better for it [Applause] purpose doesn’t only come from work the third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community and in our generation when we say purpose for everyone we mean everyone in the world now quick show of hands how many of you here are from another country I now keep your hands up how many of you are friends with one of these folks now we’re talking see we have we have grown up connected in a recent survey of Millennials around the world asking what most defines our identity the most popular answer wasn’t nationality ethnicity or religion it was citizen of the world that’s a big deal every generation expands the circle of people we consider one of us and in our generation that now includes the whole world we understand that the great arc of human history bends towards people coming together in ever greater numbers from tribes to cities to nations to achieve things that we could not on our own we get that our greatest opportunities are now global we can be the generation that ends poverty that ends disease and we get that our greatest challenges need global responses to no country can fight climate change alone or prevent pandemics progress now requires coming together not just those cities or Nations but also as a global community but we live in an unstable time there are people left behind by globalization across the whole world and it’s tough to care about people in other places well we don’t first feel good about our lives here at home there’s pressure to turn inwards this is the struggle of our time the forces of freedom openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism isolationism and nationalism forces for the flow of knowledge trade and immigration against those who would slow them down this is not a battle of Nations it is a battle of ideas there are people in every country for more global connection and there are good people against it and this isn’t going to be decided at the UN either it’s going to happen at the local level when enough of us feel a sense of purpose and stability and our own lives that we can start to open up and care about everyone else too and the best way to do that is to start building local communities right now we all get a lot of meaning from our communities who hears from Elliot house how about Lowell I know you guys found community because you literally live right on top of each other and Mather [Music] obviously not there whether our communities our houses or sports teams churches or acapella groups they give us that sense that we’re a part of something bigger that we are not alone they give us the strength to expand our horizons and that’s why it’s so striking that over the past few decades membership in all kinds of communities has declined by as much as one quarter that’s a lot of people who now need to find a sense of purpose somewhere else but I know that we can rebuild these communities and start new ones because many of you already are I met Agnes ago a who’s graduating today Agnes where are you Agnes spent her childhood navigating conflict zones with human trafficking in Uganda and now she’s trained thousands of law enforcement officials to keep communities safe I met Kayla Oakley and Neha Jain graduating today to stand up guys Kayla Neha started a non-profit that connects people suffering from chronic illnesses with people in their communities who are willing to help out and I met David Rosner who’s graduating from the Kennedy School today David stand up David is a former city councilor who fought to make Mexico City the first Latin American city to pass marriage equality even before San Francisco and this is my story – a student in a dorm connecting one community at a time and keeping at it until one day we can connect the whole world change starts local even global change starts small with people like us in our generation the struggle of whether we connect more whether we achieve our greatest opportunities comes down to this your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose class of 2017 you are graduating into a world that needs purpose and it’s up to you to create it now maybe you’re asking yourself can I really do this well remember when I told you about that class I taught at the Boys & Girls Club one day after class I was talking to my students about going to college and one of my top students raised his hand and said that he wasn’t sure he could go to college because he’s undocumented he wasn’t sure if they’d take him last year I took him out to breakfast for his birthday and I wanted to get him a gift so I asked him what he wanted and he just started talking about struggles that he saw other students in his class facing and finally said you know I’d really just like a book on social justice I was blown away here is a young guy who has every reason to be cynical he wasn’t sure if the country he calls home the only one he’s known was going to deny him his dream of going to college but he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself he wasn’t even thinking of himself he has a greater sense of purpose and he’s going to bring people along with him it says something about our situation today that I can’t even say his name because I don’t want to put him at risk but if a high school senior who doesn’t know what the future holds for him can do his part to move the world forward then we owe it to the world to do our part to so before you walk out those gates one last time and as we sit here in front of Memorial Church I’m reminded of a prayer Misha Barak that I say whenever I face a big challenge that I sing to my daughter thinking of her future when I tuck her in at night and it goes may the source of strength whose blessed the ones before us help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing congratulations class of 2017 good luck out there [Applause]

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