Top-notch advice from some top CEOs.

May 27th, 2011

At college campuses across the country this month, business leaders shared commencement words of wisdom with the graduates of 2011. No matter where you are in your professional life, I think the advice of some, like sunscreen, can be applied liberally. From Bloomberg Businessweek, here are four quotes that I give Brain Food’s top honors.

Steven Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft
University of Southern California
May 13
“You get some success. You run into some walls. It’s how tenacious you are, how irrepressible, how ultimately optimistic and tenacious you are about it that will determine your success.”


Ellen Kullman, CEO, DuPont
Lehigh University
May 23
“Your career, if it is to be a successful one, will be a series of collaborations as a member of many different teams. And the secret to being a valued contributor to those teams will be your development as a lifelong learner.”

Biz Stone, Co-founder, Twitter
Babson College
May 14
“Opportunity can be manufactured. Yes, you can wait around for the right set of circumstances to fall into place and then leap into action, but you can also create those sets of circumstances on your own. In so doing, you manufacture your opportunities.”

James Rogers, CEO, Duke Energy
Northern Carolina State University
May 14
“The best graduation gift that I—or any of us—can give you is the copyright to your own story. Begin writing it today. Write it with passion and purpose. And write it without limits.”



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One Response to “Top-notch advice from some top CEOs.”

  1. Matin says:

    OK, I read and learn from you. Thank you.