Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos delivers graduation speech at Princeton University

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos gave the Baccalaureate address to Princeton University’s Class of 2010. Bezos graduated from Princeton in 1986 with a degree in computer science and electrical engineering. He was introduced by Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman.

Bezos spoke to the Class of 2010 about the difference between choices and gifts. Cleverness, Bezos pointed out, is a gift, while being kind to others is a choice. One’s character, he suggested, is reflected not in the gifts one is endowed with at birth but rather by the choices one makes over the course of a lifetime. Full transcript here:

46 thoughts on “Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos delivers graduation speech at Princeton University

  1. jamc204

    This is a beautiful video and the most worthwhile one I've seen in recent memory. I love his use of the phrase "the life you author."

    Thank you for posting this.

  2. yaabr

    when he start talking about his grandparents i was thinking ".. ._.?" but when he ended, i was like, this makes sense º-º ~ its hard be clever than kind, cleververness is gift, kindness is choice.

  3. eastariel

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    From my amazon experience as a Pro Seller, I'd love to get one round in with him behind closed doors. Up for it Jeff?  Let's talk about your consistent "Policies" Jeff!

  5. MrSupernova111

    Bezos is a scumbag of the highest order. It doesn't take long to find the horrible working conditions of his employees and his unethical HR practices. This is a man who sees his employees as expendable.

  6. Hasrat Sabit

    There is no doubt he has created one the most innovative company in the world, and he worked hard for it. But there are also other people out there who not only created amazing companies, they also kept their humanity and good work ethic. This guy has totally lost his human side when it comes to work ethic. The work condition in Amazon is almost the same as in a slavery camp.


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