"Every time you celebrate an achievement, be thankful to those who made it possible."
--Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, in his address to Harvard grads Thursday. Chu encouraged students to give a shout out to parents, friends and inspirational professors. "Especially thank the other professors whose less-than-brilliant lectures forced you to teach yourself. Going forward, the ability to teach yourself is the hallmark of a great liberal arts education and will be the key to your success."
Chu compared the structure of his speech to a "classical sonata." The final movement was a plea for the new crop of Crimson alum to take on the threat of climate change. "As our future intellectual leaders, take the time to learn more about what's at stake, and then act on that knowledge. As future scientists and engineers, I ask you to give us better technology solutions. As future economists and political scientists, I ask you to create better policy options. As future business leaders, I ask that you make sustainability an integral part of your business." Music to our ears. --Jessica Shambora
Here's the third and final segment of Tom Freston's 2007 commencement speech at Emerson College. In earlier posts, Viacom's (VIAB) former CEO shared career lessons and detailed the first two "things you're going to want to be able to say you've done if ever you are called upon to impart wisdom upon the young." Here are Nos. 3 and 4 on that list, along with Freston's warning about what could MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 29, 2009 12:02 PM ET
Here's part two of Tom Freston's 2007 commencement speech at Emerson College. In yesterday's post, the former Viacom (VIAB) CEO shared the story of the sudden turn in his storied media career. Here Freston explains the first two things "you're going to want to be able to say you've done if ever you are called upon to impart wisdom upon the young."
One. First and foremost: You're going to want to MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 28, 2009 12:24 PM ET
It's that time of year, so we're sharing one of our favorite commencement speeches with you: Tom Freston's 2007 address at Emerson College.
Pattie Sellers' exclusive profile of Freston, "The Most Wanted Man on the Planet," tells the story of a man who had built MTV and Viacom's (VIAB) vast cable empire, got fired by chairman Sumner Redstone, walked away with $60 million in severance -- and actually knew what MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 27, 2009 1:27 PM ET
"How should you behave? Well, do things in a group. Don't do things by yourself. Groups are stronger, groups are faster. None of us is as smart as all of us."
-- Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt in his address to Carnegie Mellon 112th graduating class on Sunday. Schmidt's theory about the wisdom of the crowd has been widely shared. What other advice did he have for the grads? Be prepared MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 18, 2009 10:42 PM ET
"Find someone to be successful for."
-- Barack Obama in his speech to Arizona State University grads on Wednesday in Tempe, Arizona. He borrowed the phrase from an ASU engineering student who said that watching video of the people who would benefit from the medical devices she was designing, "made us want to be successful for them."
The President acknowledged that while many graduates might not know what they are going to MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 15, 2009 6:39 PM ET
"There's always going to be someone out there like that movie critic, who doesn't believe in you or who thinks your head is too big or you're not smart enough or whatever. But those are the people you need to ignore, and those are the times you need to just keep doing what you love doing."
-- Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's (GE) Late Night and SNL alum, in a commencement MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 12, 2009 6:30 PM ET
"If you can see the possibility of change in your life -- see the possibility of what you can become and not just what you are -- you will be a huge success."
-- Oprah Winfrey in her address to Duke University grads on Sunday. After picking up an honorary doctor of human letters, Oprah began by quipping: "I'm gonna have everyone call me 'doctor' now."
How did Duke score the media MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 11, 2009 6:56 PM ET
"You know what it's like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know how, if you don't have a pencil and pad by the bed to write it down, it will be completely gone the next morning? Sometimes it is important to wake up and stop dreaming. When a really great dream shows up, grab it!"
--Google (GOOG) co-founder Larry Page in a MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 4, 2009 6:35 PM ET
"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 how do you know when you're doing something right? How do you know that? It feels so. What I know now is that feelings are really your GPS system for life. When you're supposed to do something or not supposed to do something, your emotional MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jun 24, 2008 3:05 PM ET
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