Build yourself a great story

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos (Photo credit: niallkennedy)

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “You are the author of your own life story.”

Well, this excerpt of a commencement speech that Jeff Bezos (founder and CEO of gave to Princeton University demonstrates that we “write” our life stories through the choices we make:

“I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story. Thank you and good luck!”

Click here for a video of Bezos’ commencement speech.

And click here for more great excerpts of commencement speeches.

About David

I'm an aspiring writer and filmmaker in my twenties. I also run a blog where twenty-somethings share their stories and advice on beginning a career in this economy. Check it out at

Posted on July 17, 2013, in Pearls of wisdom and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: