CLEVELAND May 21, 2012 Paul Buchheit Case Western Reserve University
"You will find a lot of voices telling you which way to go or what to do and who to be," he said. "But the ultimate answer is to answer to one’s own life."
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In Buchheit’s case, the startup was Google. Following his passion ultimately proved the best professional move of his life. As difficult as following your own path may be, he told the graduates, it offers two undeniable advantages. First, it pulls you away from roles that don’t fit. Second, it takes you toward ones that will.
"You will get a lot of pressure to be someone else," he said. "Who you are may not be what others want."
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Paul and April Buchheit
"I’ve never had to pretend to be someone else," he said. "Being authentic leads to … deeper relationships."
Buchheit gave his address shortly after receiving an honorary degree. He was one of four distinguished individuals to receive the recognition this year. The others were:
- Ciro de Quadros
- Brenda J. Hollis Sierra Leone Charles Taylor
- Aretha Franklin
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"They forged a model that would allow our nation’s finest minds to flourish for the benefit of patients," Mrs. Lerner said. "A decade later, I consider this medical school a legacy that I – and we as a family – will always cherish."
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