Larry Ellison Speech at USC

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(長い・大学生・ Larry Ellison スピーチ USC大学 Youtube
(Larry Ellison?

Thank you for inviting me here today.

I am honored to be with you / for your graduation / from the University of Southern California.

This morning I’d like to talk with you / about how a few experiences / and couple of ideas / taught me some important lessons / and helped me discover my dreams.

When I was your age, living in going to school in Chicago / back in the 1960's.

I used to dream about this place, The University of Southern California.

Back then, my dream was to go to the USC medical school, get married, raise a family, and practice medicine in Los Angeles.

Growing up in a lower middle class community / on the south side of Chicago,
medicine was considered the pinnacle / of professions.

Noble and humane.

Virtually(事実上) everyone important / in my life, my family, my teachers, my girlfriend, wanted me to be a doctor.

Over time, their dreams became my dreams.

They convinced me / I should be a doctor.

But as hard as I tried, I couldn't do it.

After a few difficult and unhappy years / the premed student, it became painfully(とても) clear to me / that I did not like the courses / I was taking.

I thought / my comparative anatomy class (私の比較解剖学の授業) / was a perversely(逆に) pointless form / of psychological torture.

Especially the dissection(解剖) labs.

And I just could not make myself study something / that didn't interest me.

At the time, I thought I lacked discipline(規律).

And that I was selfish.

Maybe so.

But whatever the underlying reasons, I was unable to make myself / into the person / that I thought I should be.

So I decided to stop trying.

I was 21 years old / when I dropped out of college / packed everything I owned / jeans, T shirts, leather jacket, guitar / into my car / and drove from Chicago / to Berkeley California.

I guess one small part / of that university / of southern California dream / was mine after all the California part.

Berkeley / in the 1960's / was at the center / of everything.

The antiwar movement, the free speech movement, the human rights movement.

It was the perfect place / for an undisciplined, selfish twenty-something / to begin his search for himself, a righteous(正しい・正義の) cause, and a job that he loved.

Everyone living in Berkeley / in the 1960's / opposed the Vietnam war.

I was no different.

It was the age of Aquarius(みずがめ座の時代 = 1960年代のヒッピー・反戦運動の流行があった時代をさしている), but I never had long hair / and I never wore beads / I learned / to play popular protest songs on my guitar .

But I was never a committed serious antiwar protester.

I did find a cause, however.

One I still feel passionately about today.

A few hours east of Berkeley / are the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

I fell in love / with those mountains / and the ineffable(いいようのない) natural beauty / of Yosemite Valley.

I cared about the wilderness / and I wanted to help preserve it.

I joined the Sierra club.

I became an environmentalist.

During my California springs and summers / I spent most of my days / in the high Sierra's and Yosemite Valley / working as a river guide / and a rock climbing instructor.

I loved those jobs,  but unfortunately they didn't pay that well.

So I also got a job / working a couple days a week / as a computer programmer / back in Berkeley.

I’d learned to program in college.

I didn't love programming / but it was fun and I was good at it.

And computer programming gave me / the same kind of satisfaction / for solving math problems / and playing chess, both things I enjoyed  / before I became a confused teenager.

At this point in my life, I thought I was making real progress / on my journey of self discovery.

I found a cause. 

I had a couple of jobs that I love / and one  that was fun and paid the bills.

I was pretty happy with my life.

My wife was not.

What she saw was a college dropout / who spent too much time / in the mountains / doing foolish things.

She wanted me to work fulltime / as a computer programmer / or go back to college / and finish my degree.

We compromised (妥協した) / sort of(多少).

I started taking classes at UC Berkeley.

I took several classes / but the only one I can remember / was a sailing class taught at  Berkeley marina.

Once again, I fell in love / and began a life / long affair(長く夢中になる) / with the limitless omnipotent(絶大なる) Pacific Ocean.

When my class was over,  I want to buy a sailboat.

My wife said, this was the single(=最上級をさらに強調) stupidest idea / she had ever heard / in her entire life.

She accused(責めた) me / of being irresponsible / and she told me I lacked ambition.

She kicked me out.

And then she divorced me.

This was a pivotal(極めて重要な) moment in my life.

My family was still mad(=very angry) at me / for not going to medical school.

And now my wife was divorcing me / because I lacked ambition.

It looked like a reoccurrence(再発生) / of the same all problem.

Once again, I was unable to live up / to the expectations of others.

But this time, I was not disappointed / in myself.

For failing to be the person / they thought I should be.

Their dreams and my dreams were different.

I would never confuse the two of them again.

I discovered things / that I loved, the Sierras, Yosemite, the Pacific Ocean.

These natural wonders brought me great joy / and happiness / and wood for the rest of my life.

I had an interesting job programming computers / and more money / than I needed.

For the first time, I was certain / that I was going to survive in this world.

A huge burden of fear / had been lifted.

I will never forget that moment.

It was a time for rejoicing(歓喜).

I bought the sailboat / and lived on board / just me and my cat / in Berkeley marina.

In the words of James Joyce, I was alone and young / and willful(わがまま) and unheeded(反省しない).

But I was happy, and near to the wild heart of life.

Throughout my 20's, I continued experimenting(実験), trying different things, racing bikes and boats and constantly changing jobs.

It didn't take me long / to discover / that the most interesting and rewarding(やりがいのある) programming jobs / were found at a cluster of companies / located south of Stanford University / and north of San Jose.

Silicon Valley was in its infancy(幼児期).

I was still in my 20's / when I went to work for my first Silicon Valley startup.

Amdahl(アムダール:会社名) were / we developed the world's fastest mainframe computer, faster than anything IBM had.

Next stop was Ampex(アンペックス:会社名) / where we built the world's largest digital data storage system.

Then on to precision instruments / where we built an even larger data storage system, this time using lasers.

I was the vice president(副社長) / in charge of software development.

It was all very cutting edge(ものすごく最先端) / and challenging and cool.

I liked my work / most of the time / but I didn't love it.

I searched and I searched / but I just could not find a software engineering job / that I loved  / as much as I loved sailing.

So I tried to create one.

I put together( まとめました ) a plan / to start my own company.

That way, I could completely control my work environment.

I would hire the most talented programmers I knew / and we would all work together / on the most interesting / and challenging software projects.

My goal was to create the perfect job / for me, a job I truly loved.

I never expected the company / to grow beyond 50 people.

So maybe,  I really did lack ambition or vision / back then.

I don't know.


It was a long time ago / and I was very young.

Anyway, today Oracle employees / around 150,000 people.

When I started, it was not my intention / to build a big company.

What happened?

What first we did exactly / what we set out (set out=着手する) / what to do. 

Hired the most talented software engineers / in Silicon Valley.

We assembled them an all star team / of gifted programmers / who were among the best in the world / at what they did.

That team plus one crazy idea / gave birth to a giant company.

I called it a crazy idea / because at the time , everyone told me / it was a crazy idea.

The idea was / to build the world's first relational database.

Several theoretical papers / about relational databases / had already been published / and IBM was building a prototype / and their research labs.

But back then , the collective wisdom / of computer experts was that / while relational databases could be built ,  they would never be faster enough / to be useful.

I thought all of those / so called computer experts/ were wrong.

And when you start telling people / that all the experts are wrong , at first they call you arrogant(傲慢な、尊大な) , and then they say you’re crazy.

So remember this, graduates.

When people start telling you / that you are crazy , you just might be / on to the most important innovation / in your life.

The course of other possibility is / you are crazy.

This is one of those times / when the experts were wrong.

Arrogance(傲慢さ) and insanity(狂気) turned out / to be innovation in disguise(変身して).

The Oracle database proved(証明した) to be / a defining technology / at the dawn of the information age.

The Oracle database also totally upended(ひっくり返した) my plans / to build a small, comfortable company , a perfect place for me / and a few of my friends to work.

As the information age moved / from dawn to the full light of day , technology horizons were constantly shifting , revealing a brave and exciting world / of new possibilities and new opportunities.

Oracle doubled in size / year after year after year / for 10 years.

I had set out(出発した) to create the perfect programming job / for me.

Instead(そのかわりに) I created a job / where I had to stop programming / all together.

I attempted to create an environment / that I could completely control.

Instead I was running a company / with thousands of thousands of people / that was growing so fast / that it was impossible/ for anyone to control.

It was like sailing / in a hurricane.

And then, we went public.

Oh, my god. Maybe I should have been a doctor.

I was constantly learning , on the job training / I think they call it.

Every day I learned something new / and interesting, something / that I didn't know / the day before.

I liked that.

My new job was challenging, captivating(魅惑的), consuming.

I worked all the time.

But thinking back , I'm pretty sure / I didn't love it / or maybe I was just too tired / to even know how I felt.

But I had found a place / in the world.

My family finally forgave me / for not going to medical school.

And nobody ever accused me / of lacking ambition again.


Now I'd like to tell you / one last story / about my best friend , a guy who had lots of crazy ideas / and taught me an important lesson.

My 30 year friendship / with Steve Jobs / was made up / of a thousand walks.

If there was something / he wanted to talk about , and always was , we go for a walk.

We climbed to the top of windy hill , hiked around Castle Rock / through the sands and on the beach / at Kona Village.

Over the years , one particular walk / stands out(目立つ、際立っている) / we had a lot of talk about that days / so we jumped in the car , put the top down / and a headed out to Castle Rock State Park / in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

It was over 20 years ago , back in mid 1995.

Steve was finishing up Toy Story and Pixar / and running Next / the computer company / he founded after he left Apple.

Apple was in severe distress(とても悲惨だった).

It had gone steadily downhill / during the 10 years of Steve's absence.

The problems were now so serious / people were wondering / if Apple would survive.

It was all too painful to watch / and stand by / and do nothing.

So the purpose of that particular hike / through the Santa Cruz Mountains / on that particular day / was to discuss taking over Apple computer.

My idea was simple.

Buy Apple / and immediately make Steve CEO.

Apple wasn't worth much / back then, about 5 billion dollars.

We both had really good credit / and I had already arranged / to borrow all of the money.

All Steve had to do / was say Yes.

Steve proposed / a somewhat more circuitous(遠回りな) approach.

First, persuade(説得する) Apple / to buy Next computer.

Then Steve would join the Apple board / and overtime /
the board would recognize / that Steve was the right guy / to lead the company.

I said, 

"Ok. That might work.

But Steve , if we don't buy Apple , how are we going to make any money? "

Suddenly Steve stopped walking / and turned toward me.

We were facing each other / when he put his left hand / on my right shoulder / and his right hand / on my left shoulder.

Staring unblinkingly into my eyes , Steve said , 
"Larry, this is why it's so important / that I am your friend.
You don’t need any more money. "

I said , 
"Ya, I know I know. "

Then I came and I said , 
"But we don't have to keep it , we get to give it all away. "

I was whining(泣きべそをかいていた).

Steve just shook his head / and said , 
"I'm not doing this for the money.

I don't want to get paid.

If I do this , I need to do this / standing on the moral high ground."

"The moral high ground? "

I said , 
"will that just might be / the most expensive real estate on earth."

But I knew / I had lost the argument.

Steve had made up his mind / right there and then / at Castle Rock / in the summer of 1995 / to save Apple his way.

At the end of the hike , right before we got back into the car , I said , 

"Steve, you created Apple , it's your company , and it's your call(使命・天命).

I’ll do / whatever you want me to do. "

I went on to the Apple board / and then I watched Steve / build the most valuable company on earth.

The lesson here is very clear to me.

Steve was right.

After a certain point , it can't be / about the money.

After a certain point , you can't spend it / no matter how hard you try.

I know, I've tried hard.

But it's impossible.

And the end , the only practical option is / to give nearly all of it away.

So why did Steve go back to Apple , why did he devote(献身する) so much / of what remained of his life / to his job?

Why do I?

I believe the answer is that / deep inside of all of us, all of us , there is a primal desire / to do something important / with our lives.

And Freud said / there are only two things / important in life.

Love and work.

He didn't say / love and work / were the same thing.

I'm passionate about my work.

It continues / to give me great satisfaction / and a sense of who I am.

But passion and love are different.

At least from me , they are.

I love my family.

A few precious friends , four cats, two dogs, cherry blossoms in Japan ,  Pacific island beaches and bays , and the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains / where it all began for me.

My feelings about work / are very intense / but quite different.

There was a TV advertisement / for the United States Navy / that says /

"It's not just a job , it's an adventure. "

That's exactly  how I feel / about my years  in Silicon Valley.

An interesting, challenging , all consuming adventure.

Like any on going adventure , I have no idea how it ends.

But I know it well for me / and a long, long time from now / for all of you.

But today, graduates , you are beginning your great adventure.

Your generation will change the world / as every generation does.

You are on that new technologies / and create new types of art.

Impossibilities will be transformed / into possibilities.

And unexpected opportunities / will present themselves.

You will change the world.

And the world will change you / as you learn and grow / and discover more about yourself.

Remember this graduates , in a constantly changing world , what is possible / is a moving target.

Don't be afraid / to experiment and try / lots of different things.

Don't let the experts discourage you / when you challenge the status quo.

Like mark twain says , "What is an expert, anyway? Just some guy from out of town. "

Each of you has a chance / to discover who you are / rather than who you should be , a chance to live your dreams , not the dreams of others.

Each of you has an obligation(責務) / to commit to a righteous cause ,  one that elevates you / and improves the conditions of humanity / and the planet.

Soon, many of you will begin a new job.

I hope it interests you / and challenges you / and rewards you / with a sense of purpose / and satisfaction.

But if it doesn't , keep searching.

It is out there.

It might take a while , but keep searching / until you find a job / that ignites(火をつける) your passions / like I did.

Even better , you just might find one / that you love.

Thank you, and congratulations.