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Aga Khan advice for Students at Brown University

...Well I think I would start by saying, something very basic.

First of all, what language do you speak? Do you speak one or do you speak several languages? If you speak several languages, your horizons are wider. You can function in a wider number of countries around the world.

I think the second thing that I would say, is I would ask them to think about where they want to be when they’re 35. What are the goals for their midterm? I think that’s the second thing that I would ask.

The third thing I would ask is, do you want to be a global citizen or do you want to be a continental citizen? If you want to be a global citizen, then prepare yourself for that. It’s a different set of goals. So I think the whole issue is a rational issue that well educated children, young people, can address in a very, very rational way.

And I think the final thing that I would say, is everybody makes mistakes. Never regret them, but correct them. But there’s no such thing as a perfect world or a perfect life...

Source: NanoWisdoms Archive.