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Tim Cook’s Life Advice Will Change Your Future (MUST WATCH)

if you want to take credit first learn to take responsibility be different leave something worthy and always remember that you can't take it with you you're going to have to pass it on silicon valley is responsible for some of the most revolutionary inventions in modern history from the first oscillator built in the hewlett-packard garage to the iphones that i know you're holding in your hands [Music] social media shareable videos snaps and stories that connect half the people on earth they all trace their roots to stanford's backyard but lately it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation the belief that you can claim credit without accepting responsibility we see it every day now with every data breach every privacy violation every blind eye turned to hate speech fake news poisoning our national conversation the false miracles in exchange for a single drop of your blood too many seem to think that good intentions excuse away harmful outcomes but whether you like it or not what you build and what you create define who you are [Music] it feels a bit crazy that anyone should have to say this but if you've built a chaos factory you can't dodge responsibility for the chaos taking responsibility means having the courage to think things through and there are few areas where this is more important than privacy [Music] if we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated sold or even leaked in the event of a hack then we lose so much more than data we lose the freedom to be human think about what's at stake everything you write everything you say every topic of curiosity every straight thought every impulsive purchase every moment of frustration or weakness every griper complaint every secret shared in confidence in a world without digital privacy even if you have done nothing wrong other than think differently you begin to censor yourself not entirely at first just a little bit by bit to risk less to hope less to imagine less to dare less to create less to try less to talk less to think less the chilling effect of digital surveillance is profound and it touches everything what a small unimaginative world we would end up with not entirely at first just a little bit by bit ironically it's the kind of environment that would have stopped silicon valley before it had ever gotten started we deserve better you deserve better if we believe that freedom means an environment where great ideas can take root where they can grow and be nurtured without fear of irrational restrictions or burdens then it's our duty to change course because your generation ought to have the same freedom to shape the future as the generation that came before graduates at the very least learn from these mistakes if you want to take credit first learn to take responsibility now a lot of you the vast majority won't find yourselves in tech at all that's as it should be we need your minds at work far and wide because our challenges are great and they can't be solved by any single industry no matter where you go no matter what you do i know you will be ambitious you wouldn't be here today if you aren't match that ambition with humility a humility a purpose that doesn't mean being tamer being smaller being less in what you do it's the opposite it's about serving something greater the author madeleine l'engle wrote humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else in other words whatever you do with your life be a builder you don't have to start from scratch to build something monumental and conversely the best founders the ones whose creations last and whose reputations grow rather than shrink with passing time they spend most of their time building piece by piece builders are comfortable in the belief that their life's work will one day be bigger than them bigger than any one person they're mindful that its effects will span generations that's not an accident in a way it's the whole point being a builder is about believing that you cannot possibly be the greatest cause on this earth because you aren't built to last it's about making peace with the fact that you won't be here for the end of the story that brings me to my last bit of advice 14 years ago steve stood on this stage and told your predecessors your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life here's my corollary your mentors may leave you prepared but they can't leave you ready [Music] when steve got sick i had hardwired my thinking to the belief that he would get better i not only thought he would hold on i was convinced down to my core that he'd still be guiding apple long after i myself was gone then one day he called me over to his house and told me that it wasn't going to be that way even then i was convinced he would stay on as chairman that he would step back from the day-to-day but always be there as a sounding board [Music] but there was no reason to believe that i never should have thought it the facts were all there and when he was gone truly gone i learned the real visceral difference between preparation and readiness it was the loneliest i've ever felt in my life by an order of magnitude it was one of those moments where you can be surrounded by people yet you don't really see hear or feel them but i could sense their expectations when the dust settled all i knew was that i was going to have to be the best version of myself that i could be i knew that if you got out of bed every morning and set your watch by what other people expect or demand it'd drive you crazy so what was true then is true now don't waste your time living someone else's life don't try to emulate the people who came before you to the exclusion of everything else contorting into a shape that doesn't fit it takes too much mental effort effort that should be dedicated to creating and building you'll waste precious time trying to rewire your every thought and in the meantime you won't be fooling anybody [Music] the fact is when your time comes and it will you'll never be ready [Music] but you're not supposed to be find the hope in the unexpected find the courage in the challenge find your vision on the solitary road don't get distracted there are too many people who won't credit without responsibility too many who show up for the ribbon cutting without building anything worth a damn be different leave something worthy and always remember that you can't take it with you you're going to have to pass it on you

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