Did you ever run across an article that
can’t miss when you see it? This happened
this morning when I opened up my alumni
Tom Friedman, a member of the board of
trustees of the university delivered the
commencement and some quotes of his
are still resonating for me….
The world has changed but some essentials
remain true– buidling solid character and
holding firm to an honest and purposeful
reputation. “When everyone can blog with
their laptop, when everyone can be a
paparazzi with their cell phone camera and
everyone can be a movie maker with their
YouTube site, it means that everyone else
is a public figure….the internet is becoming
a kind of permanent record.”
As is typical Tom Friedman, it is filled with
quotable quotes. He urged the audience
1. do what you love, the pay is in more than
2. work your way up, be sincere and build
your competence and confidence and
3. Listen with respect and sincerity to all,
especially with those who you disagree.
4. Treat people with kindness and care.
Many top people have been brought to
their knees for not doing this.
5. Consider what you are doing ALL THE
TIME. It will be remembered.
6. Truth is often stranger than fiction. Be
wise in how you express your uncertainty
about people, facts, and events.
Too bad most readers will not get the
Brandeis University Magazine, Summer 07!