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L'endroit j'établis mon esprit -The Place I Lay Down My Mind-

Commencement Address


This year, some famous people on show-biz area just gave commencement addresses on some world's most elite and reputable universities. May be it was the main reason for me to find other famous commencement addresses, beside the fact that I also graduated this year :). And I just wondering, why in my uni/faculty, there's no special guest to give any commencement address? I think it'd be reaally exciting to hear it.

Oprah Winfrey's Commencement Address at Stanford, 2008

about doin' what we love.
yeah, though til now I still confused between 'do what we love' and 'love what we do'. which one I should follow?
When you're doing the work you're meant to do, it feels right and every day is a bonus, regardless of what you're getting paid. And when you do get still and let your internal motivation be the driver, not only will your personal life improve, but you will gain a competitive edge in the working world as well. These qualities bloom when we're doing what we love, when we're involving the wholeness of ourselves in our work, both our expertise and our emotion.
about facing problems
When I got a problem, you should ask the right question—not why is this happening, but what is this here to teach me?—it puts you in the place and space to get the lesson you need. Eckhart Tolle, who's written this wonderful book called A New Earth that's all about letting the awareness of who you are stimulate everything that you do, he puts it like this: He says, don't react against a bad situation; merge with that situation instead. And the solution will arise from the challenge. Because surrendering yourself doesn't mean giving up; it means acting with responsibility.
about happiness
Don't live for yourself alone. This is what I know for sure: In order to be truly happy, you must live along with and you have to stand for something larger than yourself. Because life is a reciprocal exchange. To move forward you have to give back. And to me, that is the greatest lesson of life. To be happy, you have to give something back. So, if you want to feel good, you have to go out and do some good.
about education
B. B. King put it, "The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take that away from you." And learning is really in the broadest sense what I want to talk about today, because your education, of course, isn't ending here. In many ways, it's only just begun. The world has so many lessons to teach you. I consider the world, this Earth, to be like a school and our life the classrooms. And sometimes here in this Planet Earth school the lessons often come dressed up as detours or roadblocks. And sometimes as full-blown crises. And the secret I've learned to getting ahead is being open to the lessons, lessons from the grandest university of all, that is, the universe itself.

JK Rowling's Commencement Address at Harvard, 2008

about benefits of failure
So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

about the importance of imagination
Though I will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp, I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people's minds, imagine themselves into other people's places. Of course, this is a power, like my brand of fictional magic, that is morally neutral. One might use such an ability to manipulate, or control, just as much as to understand or sympathise.
Greek author Plutarch: What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

Steve Jobs' Commencement Address at Stanford, 2005

about connecting the dots
Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
about love and loss
It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
about death
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Winston Churcill's Commencement Addree at Harrow School, 1941

But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period--I am addressing myself to the School--surely from this period of ten months, this is the lesson:

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

AlGore's Commencement Address at John Hopkins University, 2005

Because having a good sense of priorities about what's important and what's not important is actually very difficult for us as individuals, and for us as a society.

Lincoln once said ... "As our case is new, we must think anew."

The Best Advice They Ever Got


I found this link, it contains opinions from some success persons about the best advices they ever got and most influenced their lives. From tech (Larry Page) to Wall Street (Peter G. Peterson) to to entertainment (Tina Fey). Yeah, although I think not all of the advices can be applied in my life, but it's quite interesting to read it IMO. hehe.

And . . ., what's the best advice you ever got?

Some examples:
"Focus on those things you do better than others.", by Peter G. Peterson, CEO of Blackstone Group (the most prestigious private equity and investment banking firms in the world)

"Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent.", by Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico and she has been named the #1 Most Powerful Business Woman in the world in 2006 and 2007 by Fortune magazine.

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