Thank you President Emeritus Sorenson for that kind introduction.and thank you to Babson for inviting me here today.President Healey…Chair Capozzi…Provost Rice,Dean Rolleg,Members of the governing boards…parents, spouses, friends…and my fellow graduates.It is my extreme honor to speak to you today as Babson College celebrates its 100th anniversary.And may I be among the first to congratulate this very special, class of 2019! So…(1) let me get right to the point.
(2)I know that some of you may be sitting there.stressed out about where you will work after graduation.you may be wondering what company will offer you a job.Well. let me take that worry off the table for you right now.and (3)offer each and every one of you a job at Toyota!
「バーン！」とは英語で「じゃーん！」とか「ドカーン！」といった意味で、まず冒頭で聞き手の注意を掴むこと。なので、相手が予期していなかった方法を使うのもありです。私は大学院時代に、よくみんなの気をひくためにプレゼンの前にokay lets get started with having sweets! といってお菓子食べようって言って、お菓子を配っていました。寝ていた人も起きますからね！芸人さんでも「つかみ」は何より大事ですよね。豊田氏は「大切なことだけ言います」と切り出し、「つかみはオーケイ」な出だしとなっているのです。
(4)I haven’t actually clear with our HR department yetbut I am sure you will be okay.(5)So now that the employment issue has been solved. let’s talk about more important things.
Like how you plan to celebrate this momentous occasion.I mean,(6) how wild is tonight’s party going to get? And (7)more importantly, can I come? But (8)I can't stay out too late because tomorrow is the finaley of Game of Thrones. I have to tell you (9)when I was at Babson, I had no social life. For me, taking classes in English was a real challenge. It took all of my focus and free time. I never went to parties.I never went to a hockey game. I just went from my dorm to class to the library to my dorm to class to the library. So when I attended Babson, I was, in a word boring.
But once I graduated, (10)I went to work in New York
where I immediately made up for lost time and became “king of the night”!
そして、相手は大学を卒業する若者たち。まさに『ゲーム・オブ・スローンズ』のファン世代であり、そしてパーティーではじけることばかり考えているのもお見通しであるわけです。『ゲーム・オブ・スローンズ』は、全米・全世界で大人気のドラマ作品になっており、昔の話をフィクションで描いたドラマになっています。私もどっぷりハマりました。そしてスピーチは、その後豊田氏のここからバブソン大時代に戻り、(9)「私はバブソンでは、寮と教室と図書館を往復する、一言でいえばつまらない人間でした」とマジメな学生時代を明かしつつ、 (10)「しかし卒業してニューヨークで働き始めると、夜の帝王になったのです」game of thrones の中でもking of north などと決め台詞があるため、Kind of Nightでかけて来ているんだと思います。ここでもコントラストに聴衆は大爆笑。
I’m sure you have enjoyed a very active social life while you were here.But since I’m here to offer you words of advice。let the first be this don’t be boring have fun.Really figure out what makes you happy in life.what brings you joy. (11)When I was a student here, I found joy…"in donuts". American donuts were a joyful, astonishing discovery.(12)I want to encourage all of you to find your own donut.
Find what makes you happy and don’t let go. You should know I didn't come here to tell you the usual stories about the mountains you may have to climb or the challenges you’ll have to meet. No! Because I think we should just go ahead and assume everything is going to work out great! I think all of you are going to be a big success! I really do. And that’s where it gets tricky. Because you are going to be successful. You are going to climb that ladder and make that money. But will it be doing something that is fun? Something that you really love? Because when you are as talented as I know all of you are.
it is so easy to wake up one day and find yourself in golden handcuffs with a mortgage and three kids that you need to put through Babson. So whether you’re entering a family business or not.now’s the time to figure out what speaks to your heart the most. The beginning of your career is really the best part because you have the freedom to try different things before the inevitable responsibilities of life pile up.So use this time this freedom that your youth provides to find your happy world. And don’t be afraid if it’s not what’s “expected”.
I’m lucky in some respects, because I knew what I wanted to do at a very early age. When I was a little boy I knew for sure that I wanted to be a taxi driver.It didn’t completely work out, but it’s pretty close.I get to drive cars and be around cars all the time. And if there’s one thing I love more than donuts "it’s cars".
Toyota has been building cars for over 80 years now… but we actually started out
in the weaving loom business. My great grandfather invented the automatic weaving loom.But It was my grandfather, Kiichiro, who took us from making fabric to making cars…and created the company we have today. I’m actually the third generation Toyoda to run our company.and perhaps you have heard the saying the third generation knows no hardship or the third generation ruins everything.
Well hopefully that will not be the case.I mean, I did graduate from Babson after all! As luck would have it though as soon as I became CEO we had the great recession an earthquake and tsunami and a recall that meant I had to testify to congress in Washington D.C. At that moment I really did want to take a job as a taxi driver! But I’m happy to say, we’re doing fine now…partly because I use what I learned hereat Babson every day at Toyota.
Perhaps the greatest lesson of all…was the sense of entrepreneurship…that was instilled in me here. Even with a company as big as Toyota I still try to think of it…as a start-up company. In fact, one of the challenges of running a business that’s been in your family for decades is how willing are you to make dramatic change when it’s called for? How do you look at things objectively and not hang on to something for sentimental reasons? How do you take the risk of making fabric one day and cars, the next? Our industry is undergoing revolutionary change todayas are many others. Even I can’t predict what kind of car we will be driving 20 years from now. but my time at Babson taught me to embrace change rather than run from it and I urge all of you to do the same.
I am often asked whether I am burdened by having the name Toyoda and when I was your age I might have said yes.
But today, I’m very proud of what the name represents and the hundreds of thousands of people it supports around the world.
So let’s fast forward and assume you have become successful
doing what you really love now let me give you some advice from one CEO to another:
Don’t screw it up. Don’t take it for granted. Do the right thing. Because if you do the right thing the money will follow.
Try new things even if you’re old. When I became CEO of Toyota 10 years ago I was told by one of my mentors that I couldn’t expect to be taken seriously by our engineers unless I really knew how to drive at the highest level. So at the age of 52.I took on the challenge of training to become a master driver. Not just so I could drive our race cars which I do much to my father’s dismay. but so I could communicate how I think our cars should drive with our engineers.The point is…you’ve always got to be learning something new no matter how old you are. Never give up being a student because being a student is the best job you will ever have.