Alright, everyone looking forward, please.
Good morning , year elevens.
Today’s assembly is about the start of a journey.
The start of the rest of your lives
In 2 years time all of you will be finishing your A levels.
再过两年，你们就会完成 A levels 的学业。
In 3 yeas time you’ll be studying across the world, studying at the university of your choice.
In 5 years time you’ll have started your careers.
Many of you will be in this room working for the top institutions across the globe.
You will then get married, you then may buy a house.
In 10 years time your life will be set for you.
In 15 years you’ll be 30 and from then on your path, your life will be set.
I’m sorry, Mr.Headmaster, let me tell you why that approach may fail you.
I know people who graduated at 21 and didn’t get a job until they were 27.
有的人 21 岁毕业，到 27 岁才找到工作。
I know people who graduated late at 25 and they found work immediately.
有的人 25 岁才毕业，但马上就找到了工作。
I know people who never went to university, but found what they love at 18.
有的人没上过大学，却在 18 岁就找到了热爱的事。
I know people who found a job straight out of college making decent money, but hate what they do.
I know people who took gap years and found their purpose.
I know people who were so sure about what they were going to do at 16, they change their mind at 26.
有的人在 16 岁就清楚知道自己要什么，但在 26 岁时改变了想法。
I know people who have children but are single, and I know people who are married but had to wait 8 to 10 years to have children.
有的人有了孩子，却还是单身。有的人结了婚，却等了 10 年才生孩子。
I know people in relationships who love someone else.
I know people who love each other but aren’t together.
So my point is everything in life happens according to our time, our clock.
You may look at some of your friends and think that they’re ahead of you, maybe some of them you feel are behind, but everything happens at their own pace.
They have their own time and clock and so do you.
At age 25, Mark Cuban was a bartender in Dallas.
库班 25 岁的时候还在酒吧做酒保。
It took till 32 for J.K.Rowling to be published for Harry Potter after being rejected by 12 publishers.
在被拒 12 次之后，JK 罗琳到 32 岁才出版了哈利波特。
Ortega launched ZARA when he was 39.
Ortega 到 39 岁才创办了 ZARA。
Jack Ma started Alibaba when 35.
马爸爸 35 岁才建立了阿里巴巴。
Morgan Freeman got his big break at 52.
摩根佛里曼到 52 岁才迎来他演艺事业的大爆发。
Steve Carell only got his break after40 yeas old.
Steve Carell 40 岁才红。
Virgin was started by Richard Branson at 34.
Richard Branson 34 岁才创办维珍航空。
Getting your degree after 25 is still an achievement.
Not being married at 30 but still happy is beautiful.
Starting a family after 35 is still possible and buying a house after 40 is still great.
35 岁之后成家也完全可以，40 岁买房也没什么丢脸的。
Don’t let anyone rush you with their time lines.
Because as Einstein said, “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that’s counted truly counts.”
And this is the most important thing, I want you to be able to create meaningful, purposeful fulfilling lives for yourselves and learn how to use that to make an impact and a difference in the lives of others.
That will be true success.