Entrepreneur Steve Blank’s 2011 Commencement address at PhilaU is one of the best ever given, National Public Radio says in a new list of top graduation speeches going back to 1774.
“80 percent of success in your field will come from just showing up,” NPR quoted from Blank’s speech at PhilaU’s 127th Commencement on May 15, 2011. “The world is run by those who show up … not those who wait to be asked.”
At the podium that day, Blank urged the graduates to find their own paths upon leaving Philadelphia University, work hard at what they love and seek out new experiences.
“Be forever curious,” Blank H’11, an award-winning educator, author and entrepreneur, told graduates. “Volunteer for everything. Show up a lot. Treat failure as experience and make your life matter. Live your life with no regrets. There is no undo button.”
In December, Blank established the Steve Blank Chair for Innovation at PhilaU to help foster innovation in new ways, create opportunities for future industry partnerships and strengthen the academic curriculum designed to achieve innovation. The chair is currently held by D.R. Widder, vice president for innovation.
Read Steve Blank’s full speech here.