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Bill Gates Commencement Speech For Harvard Graduates

Friday, June 8th, 2007...7:58 am

Bill Gates Commencement Speech For Harvard Graduates


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Bill Gates gave quite a profound speech at the Harvard graduation yesterday. There was a lot to take from it but the following passage in particular really struck a chord.

In line with the promise of this age, I want to exhort each of the graduates here to take on an issue – a complex problem, a deep inequity, and become a specialist on it. If you make it the focus of your career, that would be phenomenal. But you don’t have to do that to make an impact. For a few hours every week, you can use the growing power of the Internet to get informed, find others with the same interests, see the barriers, and find ways to cut through them. Don’t let complexity stop you. Be activists. Take on the big inequities. It will be one of the great experiences of your lives.

Great words, no matter where you are in your life at present.

Thanks to Brad Feld for pointing out the transcript.

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