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 CNBC.com:
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.