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  When a really great dream shows up, grab
  How do you change the world? Always work hard on something uncomfortablyexciting!
  ——Larry Page
  拉里·佩奇(Larry Page, 1973.03.26-),全名劳伦斯·爱德华·佩奇(Lawrence EdwardPage),Google公司的创始人之一,2011年4月4日佩奇正式出任谷歌CEO。截至2013年10月,佩奇的个人财富估值为249亿美元,位居《福布斯》美国富豪排行榜榜单的第13名。
  When a really great dream shows up, grab it!
  ——Larry Page
  Class of 2009! I don't think I heard you. Class of 2009! First, I want you to stand up andwave and cheer your supportive family and friends! I am sure you can find them out there. Showyour love! It is a great honor for me to be here today。
  Now wait a second. I know: that's such a cliche . You're thinking: every graduation speakersays that-It's a great honor. But, in my case, it really is so deeply true being here is more specialand more personal for me than most of you know. I'd like to tell you why. A long time ago, in thiscold September of 1962, there was a Steven's co-op at this very university. That co-op had akitchen with a ceiling that had been cleaned by student volunteers probably every decade or so.
  Picture a college girl named Gloria, climbing up high on a ladder, struggling to clean thatfilthy ceiling. Standing on the floor, a young boarder named Carl was admiring the view. Andthat's how they met. They were my parents, so I suppose you could say I'm a direct result of thatkitchen chemistry experiment, right here at Michigan. My Mom is here with us today, and weshould probably go find the spot and put a plaque up on the ceiling that says: "Thanks Mom andDad!"
  Everyone in my family went here to Michigan: my brother, my Mom, my Dad--all of us. MyDad actually got the quantity discount : He got all three and a half of his degrees here. His Ph.D.
  was in Communication Science because they thought Computers were just a passing fad when heearned it 44 years ago. He and Mom made a big sacrifice for that degree. They argued at timesover pennies, while raising my newborn brother. Mom typed my Dad's dissertation by hand, kindof ironic of those computer science dissertation.
  This velvet hood I'm wearing, this was my Dad's. This diploma , yeah, this diploma I havehere that just like the one you are about to get, this is my Dad's. And my underwear, oh nevermind, sorry. My father's father worked in the Chevy plant in Flint, Michigan. He was an assemblyline worker. He drove his two children here to Anna Arbor and told them: That is where you'regoing to go to college. I know it sounds funny now. Both of his kids actually did graduate fromMichigan. That was the American dream.
  His daughter, Beverly, is also with us today. My Grandpa used to carry an "Alley Oop"hammer, a heavy iron pipe with a big hunk of lead melted on the end. The workers made themduring the sit-down strikes to protect themselves. When I was growing up, we used that hammerwhenever we needed to pound a stake or something into the yard. It is wonderful that most peopledon't need to carry a heavy blunt object for protection anymore. But just in case, I brought it withme. My Dad became a professor at uh…Michigan State, and I was an incredibly lucky boy. Aprofessor's life is pretty flexible, and he was able to spend oodles of time raising me. Could therebe a better upbringing than university brat ?
  What I'm trying to tell you is that why this is more than just a homecoming for me. It's noteasy for me to express how proud I am to be here, with my Mom, my brother and my wife Lucy,and with all of you, at this amazing institution that is responsible for my very existence. I amthrilled for all of you, and I'm thrilled for your families and friends, as all of us join this great, bigMichigan family I feel I've been a part of all my life. What I'm also trying to tell you is that I knowexactly what it feels like to be sitting in your seat, listening to some old gasbag give a long-windedcommencement speech. Don't worry. I'll be brief. I have a story about following dreams. Ormaybe more accurately, it's a story about finding a path to make those dreams real.
  You know what it's like, to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And youknow how, if you don't have a pencil and pad by the bed, it will be completely gone by the nextmorning. 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 andstarted writing! Sometimes it is important to wake up and stop dreaming. I spent the middle of thatnight scribbling out the details and convincing myself it would work.
  Soon after, I told my adviser, Terry Winograd, it would take a couple of weeks for me todownload the web, he nodded knowingly, fully aware it would take much longer but wise enoughnot to tell me. The optimism of youth is often underrated ! Amazingly, at that time, I had nothought of building a search engine. The idea wasn't even on the radar. Much later we happenedupon a better way of ranking and we made a really great search engine, and Google was born.
  When a really great dream shows up, grab it! When I was here at Michigan, I had actually beentaught how to make dreams real!
  I know it sounds funny, but that is what I learned in a summer camp converted into a trainingprogram called Leader shape. Yes, we've got a few out there. Their slogan is to have a "healthydisregard for the impossible". That program encouraged me to pursue a crazy idea at the time. Iwanted to build a personal rapid transit system on campus to replace the buses. Yeah, you're stillworking on that I hear. It was a futuristic way of solving our transportation problem. I still think alot about transportation. You never lose a dream, it just incubates as a hobby. Many things thatpeople labor hard to do now, like cooking, cleaning and driving will require much less human timein the future. That is, if we "have a healthy disregard for the impossible" and actually build newsolutions.
  I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. I know that soundscompletely nuts. But, since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. Infact, there are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name. They all travelas if they are pack dogs and stick to each other like glue. The best people want to work on the bigchallenges. That is what happened with Google. Our mission is to organize the world'sinformation and make it universally accessible and useful. How can that not get you excited? Butwe almost didn't start Google actually because my co-founder Sergey and I were too worried aboutdropping out of our Ph.D. Program. None of you have that issue it seems. You are probably on theright track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm! That is about how we felt after wemaxed out three credit cards buying hard disks off the back of a truck. That was actually the firsthardware for Google.
  Parents and friends: more credit cards always help. What is the one sentence summary of howyou change the world? Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting! As a Ph. D.
  student, I actually had three projects I wanted to work on. Thank goodness my adviser said, "Whydon't you work on the web for a while?" He gave me some seriously good advice because the webwas growing with people and activity, even in 1995! Technology and especially the Internet canreally help you be lazy. Lazy? What I mean is a group of three people can write software thatmillions can use and enjoy. Can three people answer the phone a million times? Find the leveragein the world, so you can be truly lazy! Overall, I know it seems like the world is crumbling outthere, but it is actually a great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity and beambitious about it. Don't give up on your dreams. The world needs you all!
  So here's my final story: On a day like today, you might feel exhilarated —like you've justbeen shot out of a cannon at the circus and even invincible . Don't ever forget that incrediblefeeling. But also always remember that the moments we have with friends and family, the chanceswe have to do things that might make a big difference in the world, or even to make a smalldifference to the ones we love, all those wonderful chances that life gives us, life also takes away.
  It can happen fast, and a whole lot sooner than you think. In late March 1996, soon after I hadmoved to Stanford for graduate school, my Dad had difficulty breathing and drove to the hospital.
  Two months later, he died. I was completely devastated . Many years later, after a startup , afterfalling in love, and after so many of life's adventures , I found myself thinking about my Dad.
  Lucy and I were far away in a steaming hot village walking through narrow streets. Therewere wonderful friendly people everywhere, but it was a desperately poor place. People used thebathroom inside and it flowed out into the open gutter and straight into the river. We touched aboy with a limp leg, the result of paralysis from polio . Lucy and I were in rural India, one of thefew places where polio still exists. Polio is transmitted fecal to oral, usually through filthy water.
  Well, my Dad had polio. He went on a trip to Tennessee in the first grade and he caught it. He washospitalized for two months and had to be transported by military DC-3 back home, his first flight.
  My Dad wrote, "Then, I had to stay in bed for over a year, before I started back to school."That is actually a quote from his fifth grade autobiography. My Dad had difficulty breathing in hiswhole life, and the polio are what took him from us too soon. He would have been very upset, thatpolio still persists even though we have a vaccine . He would have been equally upset that back inIndia we had polio virus on our shoes from walking through the contaminated gutters that spreadthe disease. We were spreading the virus with every footstep, right under beautiful kids playingeverywhere. The world is on the verge of eliminating polio, with 328 people infected so far. Let'sget it eradicated soon. Perhaps one of you will do that。
  My Dad was valedictorian of Flint Mandeville High School class of 1956 about 90 kids. Ihappened across his graduating speech recently, and it blew me away. 53 years ago my Dad said:
  "…we are entering a changing world, one of automation and employment change where educationis an economic necessity. We will have increased periods of time to do as we wish, as our workweek and retirement age continue to decline and we wish that were true. We shall take part in, orwitness, developments in science, medicine, and industry that we can only dream of today. It issaid that the future of any nation can be determined by the care and preparation given to its youth.
  If all the youths of America were as fortunate in securing an education as we have been, then thefuture of the United States would be even more bright than it is today." If my Dad were alivetoday, the thing I think he would be most happy about is that Lucy and I have a baby in thehopper. I think he would have been annoyed that I hadn't gotten my Ph. D. yet. Thanks, Michigan!
  Dad was so full of insights , of excitement about new things, that to this day, I often wonderwhat he would think about some new development. If he were here today. Well, it would be one ofthe best days of his life. He'd be like a kid in a candy store. For a day, he'd be young again. Manyof us are fortunate enough to be here with family. Some of us have dear friends and family to gohome to. And who knows, perhaps some of you, like Lucy and I, are dreaming about futurefamilies of your own. Just like me, your families brought you here, and you brought them here。
  Please keep them close and remember: they are what really matters in life. Thanks, Mom.
  Thanks, Lucy. And thank you, all, very much。
  我对导师Terry Winograd说:下载整个网络需要几周时间。他点点头,其实他心里清楚需要更久。但他很明智,没打击我。年轻人的乐观精神不可小视!不过那时,创造一个搜索引擎,对我而言是天方夜谭。我从没动过这个念头。很久以后,我们偶然找到了更好的排序方式,并做出了一个非常好的搜索引擎,谷歌就这么诞生了。所以,当梦想闪现时,抓住它吧!我在这儿念书时,曾学过如何梦想成真。

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