"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 commencement address given at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, on Saturday. The speech was an ode to the school that spawned him--his parents met there as students in 1962--and later educated him. Page's central theme was the importance of family: He shared several heartfelt anecdotes about his late father and referenced the impending birth of his own first child. "Just like me, your families brought you here, and you brought them here. Please keep them close and remember: they are what really matters in life."
But Page also had some stories for the grads about seizing moments of inspiration: "I had one of those dreams when I was 23. When I suddenly woke up, I was thinking: What if we could download the whole web, and just keep the links and... I grabbed a pen and started writing!" Obviously that idea never panned out, but another one did. "Amazingly, I had no thought of building a search engine. The idea wasn't even on the radar. But, much later we happened upon a better way of ranking webpages to make a really great search engine, and Google was born." The world would be a much different place if that idea had never been written down, wouldn't it? --Jessica Shambora
"It's essential for anyone who cares about medical research and health care to begin thinking about the world five years from now -- not just the world today. Steps should be taken to leverage this movement -- to allocate our capital, both financial and intellectual, for maximum impact in the drive toward cures."
--Katie Hood, CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). Hood's words are a rallying MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Sep 19, 2008 7:34 PM ET
"Don't think of your career as being about balance within each phase, but across phases. When you think about having it all worked out within one phase, it gets very stressful. You look for that day of perfect balance, and it just never exists. I say, think of your career in phases. And be patient, because you never know what phase is coming."
-- Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, President, Asia Pacific and MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Aug 14, 2008 5:43 PM ET
We're expanding our Most Powerful Women coverage this year to spotlight rising stars whom we think have a good chance to be on our annual list someday. I'll be interviewing three of them at an upcoming MPWomen dinner in San Francisco.
Fortune reporter Jessica Shambora, who is handling the MPWomen list research this year, asked our three panelists for their definition of power. Their responses reflected common themes around the ability MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 18, 2008 12:05 PM ET
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