Archive for July, 2006

Let me read this again

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2006 by edwinconan
Preseated by Oracle CEO: Larry.Ellison
"Graduates of Yale University, I apologize if you have endured this type of prologue before, but I want you to do something for me. Please, take a good look around you. Look at the classmate on your left. Look at the classmate on your right. Now, consider this: five years from now, 10 years from now, even 30 thirty years from now, odds are the person on your left is going to be a loser. The person on your right, meanwhile, will also be a loser. And you, in the middle? What can you expect? Loser. Loserhood. Loser Cum Laude.

"In fact, as I look out before me today, I don’t see a thousand hopes for a bright tomorrow. I don’t see a thousand future leaders in a thousand industries. I see a thousand losers.

"You’re upset. That’s understandable. After all, how can I, Lawrence ‘Larry’ Ellison, college dropout, have the audacity to spout such heresy to the graduating class of one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions? I’ll tell you why. Because I, Lawrence "Larry" Ellison, second richest man on the planet, am a college dropout, and you are not.

"Because Bill Gates, richest man on the planet — for now, anyway — is a college dropout, and you are not.

"Because Paul Allen, the third richest man on the planet, dropped out of college, and you did not.

"And for good measure, because Michael Dell, No. 9 on the list and moving up fast, is a college dropout, and you, yet again, are not.

"Hmm… you’re very upset. That’s understandable. So let me stroke your egos for a moment by pointing out, quite sincerely, that your diplomas were not attained in vain. Most of you, I imagine, have spent four to five years here, and in many ways what you’ve learned and endured will serve you well in the years ahead. You’ve established good work habits. You’ve established a network of people that will help you down the road. And you’ve established what will be lifelong relationships with the word ‘therapy.’ All that of is good. For in truth, you will need that network. You will need those strong work habits. You will need that therapy.

"You will need them because you didn’t drop out, and so you will never be among the richest people in the world. Oh sure, you may, perhaps, work your way up to No. 10 or No. 11, like Steve Ballmer. But then, I don’t have to tell you who he really works for, do I? And for the record, he dropped out of grad school. Bit of a late bloomer.

"Finally, I realize that many of you, and hopefully by now most of you, are wondering, ‘Is there anything I can do? Is there any hope for me at all?’ Actually, no. It’s too late. You’ve absorbed too much, think you know too much. You’re not 19 anymore. You have a built-in cap, and I’m not referring to the mortar boards on your heads.

"Hmm… you’re really very upset. That’s understandable. So perhaps
this would be a good time to bring up the silver lining. Not for you,
Class of ’00. You are a write-off, so I’ll let you slink off to your pathetic $200,000-a-year jobs, where your checks will be signed by former classmates who dropped out two years ago.

"Instead, I want to give hope to any underclassmen here today. I say to you, and I can’t stress this enough: leave. Pack your things and your ideas and don’t come back. Drop out. Start up.

"For I can tell you that a cap and gown will keep you down just as suredly as these security guards dragging me off this stage are keeping me dow…"

Oracle(甲骨文)的CEO Larry.Ellison在耶鲁大学2000届毕业典礼上的演讲:
  说实话,今天我站在这里,并没有看到一千个毕业生的灿烂未来。我没有看到一千个行业的一千名卓越领导者,我只看到了一千个失败者。你们感到沮丧,这是可以理解的。为什么,我,埃里森,一个退学生,竟然在美国最具声望的学府里这样厚颜 地散布异端?我来告诉你原因。因为,我,埃里森,这个行星上第二富有的人,是个退学生,而你不是。因为比尔·盖茨,这个行星上最富有的人—就目前而言—是个退学生,而你不是。因为艾伦,这个行星上第三富有的人,也退了学,而你没有。再来








还记得那些岁月、那些花儿、那些诗歌 (II)

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2006 by edwinconan
风, 不能使我惆怅
雨, 不能使我忧伤
风和雨, 都不能使我的心, 变得不明朗
坎坷, 是一双耐穿的草鞋
艰险, 是一枚闪亮的纪念章
我是一片叶, 筋脉是森林
我是一滴水, 魂魄是海洋
是否每一次努力, 都有收获
是否每一次拼搏, 都有结果
不如意的时候, 心情是否一样洒脱
不顺心的时候, 是否只剩下了沉默
没有叶的日子, 不要悲伤
没有果的日子, 不要惆怅
我想飞翔, 哪怕没有坚毅的翅膀
我要歌唱, 哪怕没有人为我鼓掌
                           2004  春