“You have the heart, and the future will not beat without you.”
In late may, Google chairman Eric Schmidt was invited to give a commencement speech at Boston University’s graduation.
While he has spent most of his life in the technology sector, Eric Schmidt learned long ago not to let it rule his life, he said, and advised graduates to do the same.
He urged them to “turn that thing off” at least one hour a day, to have “real” conversations with friends and family, to experience the world around them through their senses and not just a screen.
"Take your eyes off that screen and look into the eyes of the person you love. Have a conversation, a real conversation," Schmidt said.
“Life,” he said, “is not lived in the glow of a monitor. Life is not a series of status updates. Life is not about your friend count. It’s about the friends you count on.”
Schmidt had another piece of advice for graduates as well.
He urged them to say yes to opportunities in life.
“Yes,” he said, is “a tiny word that can do very big things.Yes lets you stand out in a crowd.”
Quoting from Henderson the Rain King, a novel written by the late BU Professor Emeritus Saul Bellow (Hon.’04), he urged graduates above all to be an “adorer of life.”