Michael Bloomberg has experienced many career turns—he’s started his own companies, served as the 108th mayor of New York City and almost ran for President. So fittingly, during his commencement address at the University of Michigan, he encouraged graduates to stay open-minded as they start their own careers. “An open mind is the most valuable asset you can possess,” he said.
“We have an economy based on information: Acquire the knowledge, apply the analytics, use your creativity,” said Bloomberg, who also reminded graduates that their greatest achievements “will owe an awful lot to the people around you. If there’s a secret to success beyond hard work and good luck, it’s that the more we say ‘we’ and the less we say ‘I’, the further we go.”
He encouraged graduates to also support and lift up those with whom they work: “Never hesitate to stand up for the rights of others who express their views and exercise their rights,” he said.
You can watch the full speech above.
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