Celebrity chef, successful business man and now, commencement speaker.
Ming Tsai, chef and owner of , spoke to graduates of the McCallum Graduate School Saturday.
Here are a few selected quotes from the commencement address, prepared by Bentley’s News and Communications Department:
He challenged graduates to find success by first setting out to make a difference. … If your goal is to be successful and that is your only goal …I don’t think you’ll get there … Your goal has to be: how can I serve, how can I change the world, how can I leave my mark? Every one of you can leave your mark. By the way, if your goal is to change the world, you will be a success.
Citing life lessons of Chinese philosopher Chuang-Tzu, he urged graduates to learn how to navigate hardships. … Go with the flow… You’re going to get problems and issues, everyone has issues … You have to realize that things are going to be thrown at you and you have to flow with it because if you don’t you will drown.
He continued, Only you can ultimately control your own happiness. Only you can decide what’s right and wrong … ultimately you have to disappoint some people, you cannot make everyone happy. It’s impossible … but it has to make sense for you … if you don’t do what’s going to make you happy, you are never going to be very good at it.
Quoting poet Maya Angelou, he said: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
He concluded with a simple but powerful message: You guys have an amazing opportunity to gout there and make people feel great. Cherish people, love people, respect people; and back at yourself as well. You can be successful but not be happy. But if you are truly happy, you are a success.