Brocker.Org: Starbucks’ Howard Schultz to college grads: ‘My generation has not made it easy for you’

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Former Starbucks CEO
Howard Schultz says “the future is not up to
Washington.”

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Brashear/Getty


Billionaire Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz spoke to Arizona
State University graduates on Monday about his dissatisfaction
with the state of politics today and how younger generations can
prepare to incite change.

After
sharing his own story of overcoming adversity
to build one of
the most successful companies in America, Schultz admitted that
“my generation has not made it easy for you” to achieve the same.

“Our political leaders on both sides of the aisle have not acted
with enough courage, nor honesty in addressing the long-term
challenges we face,” said Schultz, who received an honorary
doctor of humane letters degree during the commencement ceremony.

“They have been more focused on fighting with each other than
walking in the shoes of the American people — and vitriol and
self-interest rule the day in Washington,” he said. “Despite all
that, when I look to the future, I am extremely optimistic,
especially when I look out and see you. Because the future is not
up to them, not up to Washington, it’s up to you.”

Schultz said he’s confident younger generations “will make your
mark on our country and our shared humanity” and “bring people
together like no other.”

Still, he recognizes the anxiety today’s college graduates are
likely experiencing, and advises them to trust themselves and
always consider three important questions:

• How will you respect your parents and honor your
family?

• How will you share your success and serve others with
dignity?

• How will you lead with humility and demonstrate moral
courage?

Schultz told graduates their generation will be the one
“that teaches the world that we are at our best when
we recognize, respect, and celebrate our diversity.”

“Dream big, and then dream bigger. A more innovative dream, a
more inclusive dream,” he continued. “All of you will
persevere and enhance the promise of America, the promise that
propelled me out of public housing. The promise that will propel
you forward, regardless of the color of your skin, your religion,
your gender, your sexual orientation, or your station in life.
Please remember that.”

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