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Sunday's Motivational Speech By SnapChat CEO – The World's Youngest Tech Billionaire

In case you don’t know, Evan Spiegel is Snapchat’s 24-year-old CEO. Currently, he is one of the World’s YOUNGEST TECH BILLIONAIRE. He gave a speech at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business commencement and I wanted to share it with you all because it really inspired me – I call it the Sunday’s Motivational Speech by SnapChat CEO.

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Motivational Speech By SnapChat CEO

Motivational Speech By SnapChat CEO


There are some mind blowing facts about the young billionaire, First one is that, He came up with the idea for Snapchat while working on a class project as a student at Stanford in 2010 and the second is that He was a school dropout – Evan Spiegel as a result of the idea he had left school in the year 2012.
With reference to him not graduating, he said, “It only recently occurred to me how totally absurd this whole charade (graduation) was. It reminded me that often times we do all sorts of silly things to avoid appearing different.Conforming happens so naturally that we can forget how powerful it is – we want to be accepted by your peers – we want to be a part of the group. It’s in our biology. But the things that make us human are those times we listen to the whispers of our soul and allow ourselves to be pulled in another direction”
For Evan, being pulled in another direction meant starting a company and not completing his  education.
Another time Spiegel didn’t conform was when he decided not to sell Snapchat to Facebook for billions of dollars. Facebook made him an offer twice, and Spiegel reportedly walked away both times. Spiegel says the question he receives most often is “Why didn’t you sell your business?”
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According to him, “people called him a lot of things besides crazy — things like arrogant and entitled. Some said that Snapchat doesn’t even make money – It’s a fad. He could be on a boat right now. Everyone loves boats. What’s wrong with you?'”
In response to these remarks, Evan said  that “I am now convinced that the fastest way to figure out if you are doing something truly important to you is to have someone offer you a bunch of money to part with it,
“The best thing is that, no matter whether or not you sell, you will learn something very valuable about yourself. If you sell, you will know immediately that it wasn’t the right dream anyways. And if you don’t sell you’re probably onto something. Maybe you have the beginning of something meaningful,” he added.
Spiegel said he would have sold his first startup called Future Freshman, but nobody wanted to buy it. (That got me laughing)
From the speech he made, I was able to cut out important points which are:

  • You already have inside of you all of the amazing things you need to follow the dreams that you have. And if you get stuck along the way there’s a ton of free information available on the Internet
  • “Have faith in yourself. Know that you will be capable of all the growth expected of you and that you expect of yourself.”
  • “Someone will always have an opinion of you. Whatever you do will never be enough. So find something important to you, something you love.”
  • “You’re going to make a lot of mistakes. Just apologize as quickly as you can and pray for forgiveness.”
  • “You’re going to face a challenge, a full-time job. The hardest part is going to be getting used to solving problems that don’t yet have answers.”
  • In times of despair, you may believe the cynic who tells you that one person cannot make a difference – and there are times it may be hard to see your own impact. I beg you to remember that it is not possible at this time or anytime to know the end results of our efforts. That is for our God alone
  • “Please voice your dissent. Anticipate your erasure. And find something you aren’t willing to sell.”

Whew – That speech up there blew me off! Like literally – you can read the whole speech below:

2015 USC Marshall Undergraduate Commencement Address

I am not going to get in the preacher mode – but I would like to ask one question with reference to his speech:

Have you found something you aren’t willing to sell! – If you haven’t, what are the steps you are taking in finding it.

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20 comments on “Sunday's Motivational Speech By SnapChat CEO – The World's Youngest Tech Billionaire

  1. dare says:

    Wow I am spechless honestly I haven't found what I am not willing to sell , but you know typical Nigerians would sell despite Reading his story

  2. vjsmiles says:

    so inspirational and ginger intriguing…
    but sadly and UNfortunately this kind of mindset cant be found in NIGERIA wanna know why?
    WE ARE TOO BACKWARD with our THINKING AND INNOVATIVE MENTALITY..

  3. Kelvin says:

    Have you noticed? , none of this Tech Billionaires are from Nigeria/Africa. Yet there are so many Techies in this country.
    Something is wrong somewhere. I think our Mentality is killing us

    1. Anonymous says:

      I beg to disagree tho, I think it is the environment

    2. George says:

      I don't think the tech community in africa is that developed compared to that of silicon valley or china, but there are tech millionaires though and i think jason njoku of irokotv is one of them.

      1. Kelvin says:

        I'm Talking of Billionaires , Not Millionaires. I Know Jason Njoku is perhaps the richest internet entrepreneur , no arguments.

  4. vjsmiles says:

    all of ya are on the same page….
    we lack incentive and drive unlike the WHITES who xplore endless possibilities..
    hmmmm…
    haopy sunday yall

  5. innocent says:

    We lack nothing…we only have a bug called fear

  6. Gori says:

    Exactly. Furthermore, the government is not helping.

  7. Gori says:

    It is all in the mindset. Learn to see the cup half full instead of half empty.

  8. Sir Stevoe says:

    Nice speech Evans.

  9. Sir Stevoe says:

    Your last paragraph though… Don't you think that is a generalisation?
    Things are not really that bad bro

  10. Sir Stevoe says:

    Yes. Something is definitely wrong. Mentality and much more… It all boils down to The Educational system in place. And the powers that be

  11. Sir Stevoe says:

    I think I should bookmark this page

  12. George says:

    Billionaires? Never heard of any 🙂

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      Yeah I have known Chinedu Echeruo since 2014 when I read about him somewhere – but people might say He wasn’t brought up in Nigeria – hence the reason for him achieving that great a milestone

  13. Tobi Ayeni says:

    Yeah I have known Chinedu Echeruo since 2014 when I read about him somewhere – but people might say He wasn’t brought up in Nigeria – hence the reason for him achieving that great a milestone

  14. Leslie says:

    Alright that’s understandable

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