Remember why you came to BYU and, more important, why you came to earth. Do your utmost. Do the best you can. And then act as if there is no alternative but to succeed.
Just as with Brigham Young, Leonardo da Vinci’s ultimate allegiance wasn’t to a single discipline but rather to the “triumph of truth.” No individual or perspective is the owner of truth; truth is as widespread and diverse as those who search for it.
May your positive memories of BYU stay with you throughout your life. May your BYU connections continue to be a strong influence in all that you do. May you know that you will always be welcome here on campus on this consecrated ground.
Be a ray of light. Be your best self and let your character shine. Cherish the gospel of Jesus Christ and live it. The world needs you, and surely your Father in Heaven needs you if His blessed purposes for His children are to prevail.
The Lord desires your success. He desires your success in all aspects of your life—in your profession, in your education, in your family, in your relationships. The Lord desires your success.
Personal growth comes from being stretched, and you will likely find yourselves challenged in ways you have never previously experienced or expected. We are not in favor of slothfulness or laziness, but we also hope to help you guard against the all-too-common problem of perfectionism or being unrealistically hard on yourselves.
To be effective we must develop eyes to see all flavors of human achievement and lend support, approval, and encouragement to the invisible crusades. It will be repeatedly necessary that we wade in to help, unflinchingly and nonjudgmentally.
Making dreams become reality requires great sacrifice and determination. Most people are content to just coast along. Many don’t like to apply their talents and abilities or to put in long hours of work. But to achieve any dream and to make something truly remarkable happen in our lives, we must face adversity head-on, and we must overcome all of the obstacles in our pathway.
If people witness you as a giver, they will see a leader. Servant leadership is no joke, and it’s a secret to success, whether you’re looking for success or not. When people see you giving and cooperating and serving others, they will see in you a leader, or a future leader, and they cannot help but help you.
As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ I invoke a blessing upon each one of you, conditioned on your obedience and faith, that the Lord will guide you through the Holy Ghost to make the correct choices in important decisions you now face and that you will feel that guidance in your life as you seek it.
Those who view their contemporaries as competitors to be beaten rather than as brothers and sisters to be served often believe that others’ successes diminish their own. They are therefore more apt to find and point out faults of those around them.
Clayton Christensen teaches about the dangers of success through the historic pattern of disruptive innovations that caused successful companies to stumble.
No one with any degree of spiritual sensitivity can stand at this place in the presence of such a concentration of devoted, righteous students, faculty, staff, and Church leaders and not feel overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation. I am deeply moved in contemplation of what will occur in ensuing years from the experiences you will gain at this unique university. The students enrolled in this university have the potential for…
The Lord knows us individually and does not grade on a competitive "curve." We should not measure our worth by comparing ourselves to others.
If we visualize our success, ask for help, and learn from our mistakes or failures, we will find that we DO have what it takes to be successful.
Perhaps you will not see the full meaning of your effort in your own lifetime. But your children will, or your children’s children will, until finally you, with all of them, can give the Hosanna shout.
If we strive to experience excellence and endure here on earth, we will build character that will last throughout the eternities.
Many things have changed at BYU over the years, but not its formula for success: being worthy, seeking learning, working hard, and helping others.
The gospel is the plan God has given us for achieving eternal success. Here are some fundamentals for achieving both temporal and spiritual success.
If I can, I should like to challenge those who attend this institution to broaden their vision, rather than to limit it, so that there might be no lost horizons for any of the graduates of this great university.
Good work habits are essential to success. This applies to everything we do—from earning a living to the work we do at home, at school, or in church.
We can succeed in our spiritual and secular endeavors by following a pattern of happiness and success: planning, vision, faith, and simplification.
Every action has a consequence, so no work is truly unrewarded. Sterling W. Sill offers a formula to help us as we work for the treasures of heaven.
Sterling W. Sill shares a "formula" for success in life that students ought to master while receiving their education. Knowledge, skill, and personality are all key ingredients.
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Thomas L. Martin humorously describes the main events of his life and highlights how the hand of the Lord worked to help him reach all his righteous goals.
We build greatness are faith, education, industry, and cooperation. John A. Widtsoe explains that each cornerstone must be understood through a gospel lens.