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Excerpt from Jeff Bezos's 2010 commencement address

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phmh posted 4/8/2013 18:46 PM

I'm sure these will start coming out of the woodwork, given the time of year, but this one really spoke to me the other day (I just excerpted part of it) and it seemed so appropriate to NB. In fact, I suspect most commencement addresses also apply, as there are many similarities between the NB a college grad has and the NB we get to make for ourselves after D!

Tomorrow, in a very real sense, your life -- the life you author from scratch on your own -- begins.

How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?

Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?

Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?

Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?

Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?

Will you bluff it out when you're wrong, or will you apologize?

Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?

Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?

When it's tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?

Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?

Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?

I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.

permanentpain posted 4/8/2013 18:48 PM

I love it!! Tough questions, but the answers are worthwhile.

SoHappyNow posted 4/8/2013 20:34 PM

I do my damnedest to always make the second choice......

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