Mr. Gross of PIMCO speaks to the kids…

I read a lot of articles through the day—This is probably because I get bored of staring at work-related papers . I’ve warned you now, so don’t be appauled if there are tons of references to random articles.

Ok, back to why I’m posting…Founder of one of the largest bond-investment companies in the world, PIMCO LLC., Bill Gross recently stepped up to the podium at Duke University to talk to the 2004 MBA graduates. You can read his entire speech here, if you so desire.

First, as usual, my favorite excerpt from the speech:

But beyond these qualities I would mention two others as perhaps most critical in your future pursuits. First of all to use a playground expression, you must have the “Love.” Not a love of hoops or the gridiron, but a fixation, an obsession, an exultation in what you do each and every day. You must find not only your niche, but also the niche through which you can symbiotically nurture your business enterprise and yourself at the same instant. This is not an easy task and I am not naïve enough to believe that all of you or even most of you can do it. There was, after all, only one Apprentice. The true winners from this group here today, however, will be those that can marry their education and people skills with their passion. It is a dynamite combination. If you haven’t already, find something eventually that makes you want to get up every morning and go in – not for the check and what it can buy, but for the LOVE. You should be working in a TGIM environment – Thank God It’s Monday. That alone will make you a life’s success in the businessworld.

I know you’ve heard all this crap before, but he put it nicely w/ that equation. Education+People Skills x Passion = Something totally indescribale. I’m usually a pessimist, but I am a believer in this philosphy. It’s totally possible.

Since we’re all in the first couple innings of the game of life, I figured this will provide some added motivation for change!


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Moe
Moe

It's like the first austin powers movie: I have a lot of crap up my ass that I pull out every once in a while to surprise my 2 person audience.

dude you should be working! I'm going out for a LONG LONG jog now. My head is tangled up for some reason. I think I ate too much ice-cream at work or something because it certainly wasn't the work :-)

miSs
miSs

Damn man, I didn't realize you were also a very wise man. I think you should grow a long white beard and sit and meditate all day ... saying inspiring things while others around you try to write it all down.

rocket
rocket

that was an awesome comment Moe, i am going to try to remember it

Moe
Moe

yesyes, that's something for you to figure out. Realistic/unrealistic is for you to figure out too. If you can convince yourself the unrealistic is realistic and attack it w/ passion then, my friend, you are one dangerous woman!

Complacency & normalcy are two evils. I feel like such a hypocrite saying that…:-)

miSs
miSs

I agree Faisy!!! But how do you know what you love. I think that is my whole issue. I like a whole bunch of things, and I can see myself doing so many things. I just don't think that what I really want is a realistic goal. Anywho, it was still very inspiring. I miss you!!