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Guidance for Graduates from Successful Individuals

19 Nov 2015

In American universities, there is a good tradition before receiving a diploma, graduates listen to the latest guidance from experts in various fields, scientists and even celebrities.
Presented here inspirational speeches will be useful to each of us.

Steve Jobs
The creator of the Apple

One of the most famous instruction was made by Steve Jobs in 2005, to the graduates of Stanford University.

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

"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. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."

Bill Gates
The billionaire and Microsoft founder

"My mother taught me: you should always try to do more for others. "From those to whom much is given, much is expected" - she liked to say. I always remember it."

"The  world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself."

"Your  school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life."

Oprah Winfrey
TV Presenter

"I have to say that the single most important lesson I learned in 25 years talking every single day to people, was that there is a common denominator in our human experience. Most of us, I tell you we don’t want to be divided. What we want, the common denominator that I found in every single interview, is we want to be validated. We want to be understood. I have done over 35,000 interviews in my career and as soon as that camera shuts off everyone always turns to me and inevitably in their own way asks this question “Was that okay?” I heard it from President Bush, I heard it from President Obama. I’ve heard it from heroes and from housewives. I’ve heard it from victims and perpetrators of crimes. I even heard it from Beyonce and all of her Beyonceness. She finishes performing, hands me the microphone and says, “Was that okay?”

Joanne Rowling
Writer, author of the "Harry Potter"

In 2008, the writer J.K. Rowling made a speech to graduating class at Harvard University, and told about the time, when being a single mother, she did not overawed by the difficulties and continued to work on the book, thanks to which subsequently became rich.

"Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life".

Joseph Brodsky
Poet, Novelist and Translator

Speech of poet Joseph Brodsky, pronounced for alumni of the University of Michigan in 1988, created a furore and caused a lot of controversial opinions. However, the poet himself was never afraid of the public reaction and his advice, filled with sorrowful and joyful experience, will be useful at all times.

"Try to expand your vocabulary and to treat it the way you handle your bank account. Give it a lot of attention and try to increase your dividends. The goal is to give you the opportunity to express yourself as much as possible and more accurately; In a word, your goal – is your balance. Because the accumulation of unspoken properly can lead to a neurosis".

"No matter how disgusting your position may be, try not to blame external forces: history, state, bosses, race, parents, phase of the moon, childhood, delayed inurement to the pot and so on".

"In general, try to respect life, not only for its charms, but also for its difficulties. It is part of the game, and it is good, because it’s not cheating. Whenever you are in desperate or on the verge of despair, when you have trouble or difficulty, remember: this is the life speaks to you in a single well-known language".

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