Whenever the CEO of a company makes a graduation speech, you know they’re going to throw in some pitches for their own products and their own viewpoints. But Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, managed to mix in some valuable advice, too. Read on for how he encourages graduates to “change the world.”
1. Find your values.
“It’s about finding your values, and committing to them. It’s about finding your North Star. It’s about making choices. Some are easy. Some are hard. And some will make you question everything.”
2. Don’t let people tear you down.
“Great progress is possible, whatever line of work you choose. There will always be cynics and critics on the sidelines, tearing people down. And just as harmful are those people with good intentions who make no contribution at all.”
3. You can do good and do well.
“You don’t have to choose between doing good and doing well. It’s a false choice, today more than ever. Your challenge is to find work that pays the rent, puts food on the table, and lets you do what is right and good and just.”
4. Don’t sit back and watch from the sidelines.
“The sidelines are not where you want to live your life. The world needs you in the arena. There are problems that need to be solved. Injustices that need to be ended. People that are still being persecuted. Diseases still in need of cure. No matter what you do next, the world needs your energy, your passion, your impatience for progress.”
5. Get an iPhone.
“So those of you with an iPhone, just place it in silent mode. If you don’t have an iPhone, just pass it to the center aisle. Apple has a world-class recycling program.”