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June 15, 2009 / Raffy Pekson II

Advice from the Rich and Famous

You have to love the “rich and famous” for wooing you with words of substance or experience (whether you love ’em or hate ’em). Here are the commencement speeches of those we know to be famed and rich. Below is a link to the videos and transcripts of their speeches.

Steve Jobs: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”

Jeff Bezos: “Successful folks focus in on what they love and they wait for the world to come to them. The alternative, which is chasing the day’s hot trend is a difficult road.”

J.K. Rowling: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

Bill Gates: “Humanity’s greatest advances are not in its discoveries – but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”

Larry Page: “Your families brought you here, and you brought them here. Please keep them close and remember: they are what really matters in life.”

Eric Schmidt:It’s possible to spend your life inside the computer. Life is the people around you.”

Summer Redstone: Follow your heart, but stick to what you know.”

Omid Kordestani: “To keep my edge, I must think and act like an immigrant.”

Carly Fiorina: “Use the knowledge that you have earned here to find ways, not only to connect to computers, but to connect people…”

Jeff Immelt: “Commit yourself to build competency.”

Click here to see the videos and transcripts of their speeches from Silicon Alley Insider.

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