What Will You Choose?
Jeff Bezos, the founder-chairman of Amazon.com, the world’s largest stores on the internet gave a very inspiring talk to the Baccalaureate Class of 2010 at the Princeton University on May 30, 2010. He told them that as a civilization, we will have so many gifts and you as individuals have so many individual gifts.
He asked them, “ How will you use these gifts? And will you take pride in your gifts or pride in your choices?”
Although he asked these questions more than two years ago to the students in the audience, these questions are as important today to all of us as they were important to the gathering then. They will be relevant tomorrow to our successors. Here are those questions:
How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?
Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?
Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?
Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?
Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?
Will you bluff it out when you’re wrong, or will you apologize?
Will you guard your heart agains rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?
Will you play it safe, or will you be a little swashbuckling?
When it is tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?
Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?
Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?
He further told them, “ When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices.”
What will you Choose?