It’s only 20 minutes or so, and I think every young person should listen to Larry Ellison’s recent commencement speech at USC.
It is eloquent and inspirational about the ups and downs of life and discovering yourself:
“This was a pivotal moment in my life. My family was still mad at me for not going to medical school and now my wife was divorcing me because I lacked ambition. It looked like a reoccurrence of the same old problem. Once again I was unable to live up to the expectations of others. But this time I was not disappointed in myself for failing to be the person they thought I should be. Their dreams and my dreams were different. I would never confuse the two of them again.
I had discovered things that I loved; the Sierras, Yosemite, the Pacific Ocean. These natural wonders brought me great joy and happiness and would for the rest of my life. I had an interesting job programming computers and more money than I needed. For the first time I was certain that I was going to survive in this world. A huge burden of fear had been lifted. I'll never forget that moment. It was a time for rejoicing. I bought the sail boat and lived on board, just me and my cat, in Berkeley Marina. In the words of James Joyce, "I was alone and young and willful and unheeded, but I was happy and near to the wild heart of life.”
The full speech in the vid below.