I don't really fall into Oprah's traditional demographic, but given this was a Stanford graduation speech, I actually sat and watched the entire 30-minute speech. Because, the last Stanford graduation speech I saw was amazing as well. Speaking of which, why does Stanford get amazing commencement speakers -- Steve Jobs, Oprah, Tom Brokaw, Sandra Day O'Connor -- all in the past few years, and I got to hear Daniel Goldin for my graduation. And if you're asking who that is... exactly. In fact, the speakers at MIT over the last few years have included George Mitchell (who I associate with the MLB steroid investigation), Charles Vest (who retired as the MIT president a few years earlier), and Ben Bernanke (who isn't exactly the most popular guy in America right now). Ok, President Clinton spoke in 1998, but when something happened 10 years ago, it's dismissable. And it's not like THIS actually happened. I'm not bitter or anything.
Here's the video... I found some important lessons here, relevant to all aspects of life, from professional to personal. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.