At an all day global business meeting, it was fascinating talking to Dr. Tae Yun Kim, a self-made billionaire. Yes, that is with a "b". Dr. Kim, once worked in housekeeping at a hotel and as an attendant at a gas station. Today, she is a billionaire and is on fire. When asked what her secret is for her mega success, her reply was "He can do, she can do, why not me!" The truth, sometimes, is so simple.
One one of the many benefits of writing and giving speeches for me is, I get to speak to the woman in the mirror, me. The more I learn, the more I grow. Winning last night's contest at Stanford was not bad either :).
As you know, I have been fortunate to win numerous times at Stanford speech club. Last week, I was invited to visit the speech club at Apple, Inc. I was just being a good guest and then I got asked to give an impromptu speech. Well, what can I say? I won the "Best Table Topics Speaker" award at Apple :). I was so hoping that my award will be the iPhone 6, but no :).
"If you are depressed, you are living in the past;
If you are anxious, you are living in the future;
If you are at peace, you are living in the present."
Google might paint its bikes green, yellow and red, but to me, those colors represent much more. It is the color of the flag of my beloved home, Ethiopia. May this year bring you the long-awaited peace, prosperity and happiness!
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul
~~William Ernest Henley
Thank you, Bill Gates, for impacting the world positively!
"If you learn, teach. If you get, give."
~~Dr. Maya Angelou
Sehin Belew, Former Miss Ethiopia's Smart Guide to Beauty, Health and Fashion (Annotation Press, 2008)