Dan Sweet

You, a billionaire, are asked to address a 9th grade graduation…

…obviously you blow them off and continue enjoying the Mediterranean right?  Wrong.  Paul Tudor Jones, a famous Wall St trader, accepts and decides to speak on the topic of “failure.”  Don’t be put off by the 13 pages, it reads in probably 5-10 minutes thanks to the size 25 font.  Hit the “toggle fullscreen” in the upper right of the box below.

Paul Tudor Jones – Failure Speech June 2009

Originally posted by The Investment Linebacker here.  I stumbled on Paul Kedrosky’s repost here.

2009 Goals


  1. Adjust to sleeping in 2-3 hour stretches.
  2. Get the baby sleeping through the night.
  3. Make time to play with the baby every day.
  4. Lock down the diet and exercise again.
  5. Get the broken ankle to finally heal properly.
  6. Figure out the babysitter / going out with the wife logistics.
  7. Make a buy/rent decision that both makes financial sense and is livable.
  8. Find a good church when we move.


  1. Thank Facebook peeps for all the new baby congrats.
  2. Stay connected with old friends via phone / Skype.
  3. Figure out what roles I want Twitter, blogging, and Facebook to fill.
  4. Continue to “unfriend” people who are barely acquaintances.
  5. Enjoy last semester with MBA peeps.
  6. Find cool friends when we move.


  1. Get caught up on 700+ unread posts in Google Reader.
  2. Do something about the 4000 emails in my Gmail inbox.
  3. End each day with an empty inbox.
  4. Get a Linux install up and running on the laptop.
  5. Learn some perl and SQL.
  6. Blog more consistently.
  7. Kick ass in my new finance manager role.
  8. Find a  solid mentor.