Monday, June 6, 2011

Congratulations Greenbelt Graduates!


Pursuing your Dream


June. We start dreaming of the long, hazy days of summer – lying by the pool, flipping burgers on the backyard BBQ and walking along the beach.

Before those long hot days become a reality, you may be the guest or proud parent at one or two graduations or commencement speeches. This past Friday LSI proudly graduated 21 new Greenbelt Graduates.  As they continue along the path towards world excellence, we wish them well, encourage them to transform their organizations and spur them on to make their dreams a reality.

Here's what happened when Larry Page, decided to literally pursue a dream

You may not be familiar with his name.  Read the address he gave two years ago at the University of Michigan Commencement and you'll realize how profoundly he impacted the world.

You know what's it like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know how, if you don't have a pencil and pad by the bed to write it down, it will be completely gone the next morning?


Well, I had one of those dreams when I was 23. When I suddenly woke up, I was thinking: what if we could download the whole web, and just keep the links and... I grabbed a pen and started writing! Sometimes it is important to wake up and stop dreaming. I spent the middle of that night scribbling out the details and convincing myself it would work. Soon after, I told my advisor, Terry Winograd, it would take a couple of weeks to download the web -- he nodded knowingly, fully aware it would take much longer but wise enough to not tell me. The optimism of youth is often underrated! Amazingly, I had no thought of building a search engine. The idea wasn't even on the radar. But, much later we happened upon a better way of ranking webpages to make a really great search engine, and Google was born. When a really great dream shows up, grab it!

If you’re interested, here’s a link to Larry Page’s entire Commencement address, which he gave in 2009 at the University of Michigan

http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/annc/20090502-page-commencement.html

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