Arrogant Speech

Graduates of Yale University,I apologise 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,ten years from now,even 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.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,collage 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 collage dropout,and you are not.Because Bill Gates,richest man on the pleant–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.

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