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The Whole Human

The one thing I wish I had known at 22 that would have changed my life

In thinking back to my younger self, as I was just graduating from Boston University as an English Literature major, I can say with complete certainty that, while there were some very important things I did know, there was one essential, life-changing fact I didn’t. And because of my lack of understanding of this fact, I suffered, floundered and wasted 18 years in a professional life that made me sad, sick and searching desperately for life purpose and meaning.

Commencement Addresses

George Saunders: ‘What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness’

Here is the full transcript and video of George Saunders' commencement address to Syracuse’s Class of 2013.

Commencement Addresses

Jeff Bezos: ‘It’s harder to be kind than clever’

Here is the full video and transcript of Jeff Bezos’ commencement address to Princeton’s Class of 2010.

Commencement Addresses

Ellen DeGeneres: ‘As you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Ellen DeGeneres' commencement address to Tulane's Class of 2009.

Commencement Addresses

J.K. Rowling: ‘Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of J.K. Rowling's commencement address to Harvard's Class of 2008.

Commencement Addresses

Conan O’Brien: ‘Through disappointment you can gain clarity’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full video and transcript of Conan O'Brien's commencement address to Dartmouth's Class of 2011.

Commencement Addresses

David Foster Wallace: ‘You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t’

It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of David Foster Wallace’s commencement address to Kenyon College’s Class of 2005.

The Whole Human

This is the single worst piece of advice still given out by people

If all you like to do is use people, well, I feel sorry for you. Because when it’s all said and done, you’re not going to have anyone that will vouch for you. No one will offer to help you out in your time of need.

Commencement Addresses

Oprah Winfrey to USC’s Class of 2018: ‘Declare war on cynicism’

Here are excerpts and video of Oprah Winfrey's commencement speech to USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Chadwick Boseman to Howard’s Class of 2018: ‘Take the harder way’

Here are excerpts and video of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman's commencement speech to Howard's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Condoleezza Rice to High Point’s Class of 2016: ‘Don’t let anyone else define your passion’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Condoleezza Rice's commencement address to High Point University's Class of 2016.

Commencement Addresses

Nikki Haley to Clemson’s Class of 2018: ‘Social media lives aren’t the real world’

Here is the video of United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley's commencement address to Clemson’s Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Sheryl Sandberg to UC Berkley’s Class of 2016: ‘You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Sheryl Sandberg's commencement address to UC Berkeley's Class of 2016.

Commencement Addresses

Michael Bloomberg to Michigan’s Class of 2016: ‘An open mind is the most valuable asset’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript and of Michael Bloomberg's commencement address to University of Michigan's Class of 2016.

Commencement Addresses

Lady Antebellum to UGA’s Class of 2018: ‘You can take a big risk’

Here is the full transcript of the commencement address by Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood to Georgia’s Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Penn’s Class of 2016: ‘Immigrants get the job done’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Lin-Manuel Miranda's commencement address to University of Pennsylvania's Class of 2016.

Commencement Addresses

Tim Cook to MIT’s Class of 2017: ‘How will you serve humanity?’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Tim Cook's commencement address to MIT's Class of 2017.

Commencement Addresses

Steve Jobs to Stanford’s Class of 2005: ‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Steve Jobs' commencement address to Stanford's Class of 2005.

Commencement Addresses

William Shatner to NEIT’s Class of 2018: ‘The real world is both beautiful and ugly’

Here excerpts from William Shatner's commencement address to New England Institute of Technology's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Mark Zuckerberg to Harvard’s Class of 2017: ‘Purpose is what creates true happiness’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Mark Zuckerberg's commencement address to Harvard University’s Class of 2017.

Commencement Addresses

Barbara Bush to Wellesley’s Class of 1990: ‘Believe in something larger than yourself’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Barbara Bush's commencement address to Wellesley College's Class of 1990.

Commencement Addresses

Ronan Farrow to Loyola Marymount’s Class of 2018: ‘Trust that inner voice’

Here is the full transcript of Ronan Farrow's commencement speech to Loyola Marymount University’s Class of 2018.

Highest Paying Jobs

These are the Top 15 companies hiring for $100K+ jobs in May

To help you find what you are looking for, Ladders has compiled this list of companies hiring for the highest paying jobs as of May 2018.

career change

So, you think you can freelance? Questions to ask yourself before taking the leap

Becoming a freelancer is a big step. It means creating your own business, being your own boss, becoming an entrepreneur. It is exciting and daunting at the same time. So before you jump right in, take a breath, and ask yourself three questions.

Tax Day

Happy Tax Day! Personal finance tips for the financially clueless

How to set a budget, shop smarter and live better without really knowing what you're doing.