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The keynote speaker at our youngest daughter’s university graduation was Jeff Hoffman, founder and CEO of Priceline. The theme of his commencement speech was to urge the graduates to chart their own course. While listening to Hoffman’s speech, I was reminded about a study that was conducted of graduating college seniors.
There has been a lot written about destiny since humans have been capable of intelligent thought. Many believe that our destiny or fate is determined at birth. From the perspective of others it is possible to significantly influence what happens in our lives. How can this be so?
I was reading about Dr. Maxwell Martz, the American surgeon, who wrote several articles and books on the power of our self-image. Dr. Martz’s system of ideas was the frontrunner of the popular self-help books. I began thinking about what causes some people, more than others, to take advantage of opportunities.
One of my favorite writers is Ralph Waldo Emerson. He was born in Boston in 1803 and graduated from Harvard in 1821. Although born more than two centuries ago his published works have certainly inspired and changed the lives of millions of people throughout the world.
Do you ever think about the difference between mediocrity and greatness? It’s likely not near as much as you might think. It really takes very little to make a big difference in the outcome of your labors.