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1. Figure Out Who You Are

For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have, to prove it right.

- Tim Cook
Commencement Address at Auburn University, 2010

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You will need to find your passion. If you did not find it, you will find it later, in your 30s or 40s but do not give up on finding it and follow it. You will not find it in things or money because the more you have the more you will use that as a metric and would like to get more. The important things are those that fill you from inside. It will be grounded in people, in your relationship with people.

- Randy Pausch
Carnegie Mellon, 2008

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You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing, but what you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.

- Alan Alda
Commencement Address at Connecticut College, 1980

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In life you make the small decisions with your head and the big decisions with your heart.

- Omid Kordestani
Commencement Address at San Jose University, 2007

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Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

- Steve Jobs
Commencement Address at Stanford University, 2005


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The key is to listen to your heart and let it carry you in the direction of your dreams. Iíve learned that itís possible to set your sights high and achieve your dreams and do it with integrity, character, and love. And each day that youíre moving toward your dreams without compromising who you are, youíre winning.

- Dell
Commencement Address at University of Texas 2003


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The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life, is that there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective. The paths are infinite and the results uncertain. So if thereís any real advice I can give you itís this. College is something you complete. Life is something you experience... Love what you do. Get good at it.

- John Stewart
Commencement Address at the College of William and Mary, 2004

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You have the gift of time. Use it to do what you love. Believe anything is possible and then work like hell to make it happen.

- Julianna Margulies
Commencement Address at Sarah Lawrence College, 2010

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Be passionate. Do what you love, even if you donít love it every day.

- Katie Couric
Commencement Address at Williams College, 2007

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Hopefully life is long. Do stuff you will enjoy thinking about and telling stories about for many years to come. Do stuff you will want to brag about.

- Rachel Maddow
Commencement Address at Smith College, 2010

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Do what interests you. You will be making important choices over the next few years. Eventually find what you love to do, and pour yourself into it. You do not want to dread driving to work every day. You'll be at your best, by the way, when you're happy. When you feel joy.

- Brian Kenny
Commencement Address at Ohio Northen University, 2007

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You can Google for an answer. You can Google for a mate. You can Google for a career. But you canít Google to find whatís in your heart Ė the passion that lifts you skyward.

- Plumeri
Commencement Address at William & Mary, 2011

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