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Sylvia Earle

Undersea Explorer

Sylvia Earle: Well, I say that I worked when I went through school, but it wasn't to me work. It was really a source of pleasure. I worked as a laboratory assistant, and it was throwing me right into the midst of the very people that I wanted to be with. And never mind that I was washing glassware, and whipping up banana medium to feed the fruit flies and things and things of that sort. I found it just that that I was with the people I most admired. It gave me an entree. It gave me experience. It gave me acceptance with them - I became the lowliest member of the team, but part of the team.
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Michael Eisner

Entertainment Executive

I think maybe the best education, or the best foundation for business is probably reading Shakespeare, rather than reading some MBA program out of some great business school. I think I'd rather have an English major than an economics major.
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Mohamed ElBaradei

Nobel Prize for Peace

I wanted to be directly involved in my society, where I grew up, but things were just too tough, and I didn't see how I could do much with the policy of socialism which basically gave very little for private practice for a lawyer to be able to work and express himself, and I thought for a while, maybe diplomacy will give me the opportunity to go abroad, to see an alternative lifestyle and see what I can learn. Eventually, I thought I should learn, through diplomacy, through living abroad, and then come back to Egypt and be able to effect change.
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Mohamed ElBaradei

Nobel Prize for Peace

Mohamed ElBaradei: My first mission -- I was a young diplomat there -- and I was looking into the UN budget, the UN management. I was assigned also to look at the legal aspect of working, treaty-making. I was also looking into or giving a glimpse into the effort to control nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. It was a variety of experience. I was an apprentice at that time, and that is usually very helpful because you don't have the responsibility. You can just sit in the corner and look at what other people are doing, and learning by watching people doing, going around their job.
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Mohamed ElBaradei

Nobel Prize for Peace

It was fantastic for me as a young diplomat to sit in meetings with Henry Kissinger, going through his shuttle diplomacy, going to a meeting in the Oval Office with President Carter, going to see a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Russia -- Gromyko. I was all over the place, seeing people at the very high level of diplomacy, watching carefully, seeing how people negotiate, how people interact, how people cut a deal, and I would say these three, four years in working as a special assistant, as a confidante to the Foreign Minister of Egypt -- Mr. (Ismail) Fahmi at that time -- was crucial in getting the practical experience, how nations and people interact, and you realize at the end of the day how important the psychology is.
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