Gifts vs Choices: Jeff Bezos at Princeton

Beware of the distinctions between that which has been given to you, and that which is a choice. Being clever is a gift. Being kind is a choice.

What I want to talk to you about today is the difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice. 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.

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