Deepak Malhotra teaches negotiations at Harvard Business School, and he has a message for the class of 2012 (h/t Wall Street Oasis). It’s quite simple — be happy.
In an hour long speech (totally worth watching, though the first 10 minutes are especially awesome) he basically explains that Harvard Biz grads are some of the luckiest people on earth. In fact, some people would kill to be in their shoes.
That said, after graduation they had better be happy… because seriously (from the speech):
“There are a lot of people in this world…that have very very big problems. And by my estimation almost none of those people are in this room today… In fact…the people in this room today…represent the top 1000th of 1% of the people on this planet when it comes to wealth potential, health potential, freedom, liberty, social networks…this is about as good as it gets… What we know is that many of you will be unhappy in the years that follow and that’s a big problem. Imagine for a moment that one of these people that has nothing in the world. That has really big problems — they’ve lived through war or famine… One of these people runs into you on the street and they ask you, ‘are you fantastically happy’ and you say ‘no, not really.’ And the person asks you, ‘why not?’ What explanation would you give to this person? How would you make it make sense to this person? That would be a difficult conversation, and one of the things I want to talk about today is this…lets just make sure that everyone leaving this place is happy. Given all the opportunities ahead of you, if people in this room can’t be happy its a shame, and it’s also a slap in the face to all the people out there who would give anything to have 1,000th of the opportunity you have.”
So yeah, address all post-graduate whining elsewhere.
Also, here here Professor!
Watch the full video below: