Marriott Alumni Magazine

Fall 2019

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BYU is a special place. I go to a lot of universities, and there is nowhere else like this. I grew up here on this campus. My father was part of the BYU Marriott faculty for thirty years. There isn't one part of the Tanner Building that doesn't have a Smith mark on it somewhere. And thirty years ago—on this very stage—my mother received her PhD. She was the only woman in her class, and she had five kids under the age of twelve at the time. We clearly didn't slow her down. Fast forward two decades, and on this same campus I met my amazing and extremely funny wife, Ashley. I have hundreds of stories from my experiences at BYU. This has always been a constant, safe place for me to come back to, and I hope the same feeling exists for you and that you come back to BYU often. 1 0 0 P E R C E N T C O M M I T M E N T Today I would love to give you some sermon about the future, but I can't because I can't predict the future. Instead, I thought I'd share one of the most important lessons that I have learned: be all in. Being all in is the lost art of really committing to something. Real commitment is hard. Technology and social media have raised our awareness, and we live in a constant state of FOMO, the fear of missing out. Given at BYU Marriott's convocation, 26 April 2019 Speech by R Y A N S M I T H 16 MARRIOTT

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