Sunday, 13 May 2012

Powerful and Inspiring Graduation Speech by Bill Gates at Harvard 2007 (part 4)

The media today dramatizes on specific incidents and events – which are just a fraction of what’s occurring around the world today.
Stop using media as the filter to our world, and instead look out there to understand what’s happening around.
Then pick a cause that you’re most passionate about, and pursue that in full throttle. That’s how we start making that difference.

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Friday, 11 May 2012

Powerful and Inspiring Graduation Speech by Bill Gates at Harvard 2007 (part 3)

“Even with the advent of the Internet and 24-hour news, it is still a complex enterprise to get people to truly see the problems.

When an airplane crashes, officials immediately call a press conference. They promise to investigate, determine the cause, and prevent similar crashes in the future

But if the officials were brutally honest, they would say: “Of all the people in the world who died today from preventable causes, one half of one percent of them were
on this plane. We’re determined to do everything possible to solve the problem that took the lives of the one half of one percent.”

The bigger problem is not the plane crash, but the millions of preventable deaths.”

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Powerful and Inspiring Graduation Speech by Bill Gates at Harvard 2007 (part 2)

In his heartfelt speech, he shared his passion about the inequities of the world – referring to the injustices and unfairness, such as poverty, suffering in third world countries, diseases, lack of healthcare support, etc. I applaud Bill Gates for making this the topic of his commencement speech and bringing awareness to the issue of inequities, because (a) It’s not what one would expect in a commencement speech. Most were probably looking for advice on achieving success in life.(b) He took the risk of boring the audience, since it was not a topic most people were interested in. I had a deeper respect for him after reading his speech.

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Monday, 7 May 2012

Powerful and Inspiring Graduation Speech by Bill Gates at Harvard 2007 (part 1)

Bill Gates needs no introduction – he’s one of the wealthiest men in the world (second wealthiest as of 2010, right after Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu).He owns Microsoft, which earns $62 billion a year, and is also a highly influential philanthropist, having donated billions to health causes through his foundation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“If you believe that every life has equal value, it’s revolting to learn that some lives are seen as worth saving and others are not. We said to ourselves: “This can’t be true. But if it is true, it deserves to be the priority of our giving.” ” – Bill Gates

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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi, co-host of "Top Chef," talks openly about her struggle with endometriosis.

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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Powerful and Inspiring Graduation Speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emory University, 2010

“You’re going to find naysayers in every turn that you make. Don’t listen. Just visualize your goal, know exactly where you want to go. Trust yourself. Get out there and work like hell. Break some of the rules and never ever be afraid of failure.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold is an international movie star (Conan, Terminator, Commando) and the 38th Governor of California. I found his speech very inspiring – he’s living proof of how one can overcome all odds to achieve one’s dreams, as long as you set your heart and mind to it. Arnie shared how important it is to not be afraid of failure. He shared his personal stories of how he overcame resistances from everyone and achieved his dreams, one after another, by first having that crystal clear vision of what he wanted, then going all out to achieve them. Truly, there’s no such thing as “can’t be done”. If you really want to achieve your dreams, they will be yours for the taking.