Florida State University graduates heard from three prominent FSU alums during this year’s spring commencement ceremonies held May 5 and 6 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. FSU President John Thrasher presided over all three ceremonies as the university awarded degrees to about 6,800 graduating students, which will go in the record books as one of the largest groups of graduates in university history.
Attendees at the Saturday afternoon ceremony cooked up a simple recipe for success as alumnus Brian Murphy shared the three key ingredients with graduates.
“I thought success was this singular thing,” Murphy said. “I could not have been more wrong. I learned over the short period of time since I left Florida State that success is multiple. Success is interdependent, it’s dynamic and it means something different to everybody.”
Murphy earned degrees in accounting and finance from Florida State in 2000. He is the founder of cybersecurity firm ReliaQuest. Since its founding in 2007, the company has grown into one of the leading providers of IT security solutions for Fortune 2000 organizations across the world.
For Murphy, attitude, energy and effort are the three ingredients to consider while striving toward success.
“Just don’t be negative,” he told the audience.
He encouraged graduates to focus on who and what is truly important and to forget about the spectators in the crowds of life.
“I challenge you as you move forward to pay attention to your attitude, it’s your filter,” Murphy said. “How are you reading that email? How are you reading that text message?”
Murphy talked about his second key ingredient, energy, and how to use it.
“Can you have it all?” Murphy asked. “Most people would tell you no, but I disagree with that. I focus on what’s important. I love my wife, my children and my company, and I allocate my energy accordingly.”
The final ingredient toward successful living is effort.
“Work hard and when you think you’re working hard, work harder,” Murphy said.
Murphy left the graduates by challenging them to consider two questions: How good can you be? And, why not you?
“Why not have the next leader in global finance in this room?” Murphy asked. “The next leader in education, in the arts, in government — why not you? And when you get to some place you’re proud of, ask yourself, how good can you be?”
Watch Murphy’s full address here.
(Excerpted from FSU News; Original article by Dave Heller, Susan Hansen and Kara Irby.)