What better time to discuss commencement speeches than in the Desh-Videsh Education special edition. Enjoy these quotable quotes from a few timeless commencement speeches by notable Indians to help you define your own success.
23rd Reserve Bank of India Governor
“You are rarely happy simply because you are successful,
but you are much more likely to be successful if you are happy, doing work you enjoy.”
Ratan Tata The world’s most notable industrialist and Former Chairman of Tata Sons
“View this moment as moving from protected environment to
an environment where you have to learn and listen because your whole
world is going to be learning and listening. Your success is going to be your humility.”
Shikha Sharma World Renowned Indian Banker and current CEO of Axis Bank
“The choice of a life partner is the single most important choice you’ll make in your life, much of the joy you derive in your life, does hark back to who you choose to share this journey with. A lot of what I am today are a function of the life partner I was lucky to have alongside my journey.
“When you are out there looking for a partner, look beyond their looks, their success, their style. The durability and strength of your relationship if not going to come from your partner’s personality. It is going to come from their character, so remember to look well be-neath the surface.”
Rahul Dravid Legendary Cricketer
“The Chinese Bamboo. You can take a Chinese bamboo seed and plant it in the ground,
water and nurture the seed for an entire year & not even see a single sprout.
In fact, you’ll not see a sprout for 5 years. But suddenly, a tiny shoot will spring from the ground. And over the next 6 weeks, the plant can grow as tall as 90 feet. It can grow as fast as 39 inches every 24 hours.
You can literally watch the plant grow.
What was the plant doing during these 5 years, seemingly dormant period, it was growing its roots. For 5 full years,
it was preparing itself for rapid, full growth. Without this root structure, the plant simply couldn’t
support itself for its future growth. Some would say the plant grew 90 feet in 6 weeks, I would say it grew
90 feet in 5 years & 6 weeks.
So keep watering and nurturing yourself. One day you will sprout and grow as fast as a Chinese Bamboo tree. No one becomes a midnight success, there are years of labor and pain behind that. God’s delays are not God’s denials.”