Gifts and Choices

I just read excerpts from a speech given by Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame that I really liked. The next two paragraphs were my favorite part of the article by Ruth Umoh at

Bezos told the Princeton grads that there is a difference between using gifts, such as intelligence, and making choices in life. “Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice,” said Bezos. Although being smart comes in handy, kindness is invaluable to achieving your career goals, he says.

He left the graduates with these final thoughts: “Gifts are easy — they’re given after all. Choices can be hard. You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you’re not careful, and if you do, it’ll probably be to the detriment of your choices.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Gifts and Choices

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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2 Responses to Gifts and Choices

  1. Andrea Smyth says:

    Such important advice

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