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Reid Hoffman

Internet Entrepreneur

Reid Hoffman: Part of what's great about software entrepreneurship, especially with networks and marketplaces, is that for a relatively small amount of money, you can create massive scale impact. So ultimately, LinkedIn could have gotten everywhere it's gotten with about $13 million in cash. That's affecting well over 300 million people, growing in tens of millions. I don't know what our public statement is about growth, so I'm being oblique because of public company rules. And helping transform what their economic opportunities are, how jobs are found, how businesses are built, how clients are found. And all of that has a huge impact on how they can fund education for their kids and all the rest of the stuff. So the impact is huge. So with an idea that -- with luck, hard work, drive, knowledge, expertise, networks, all that -- you can achieve huge scale, and kind of that optimism and belief that we have in the American Dream and entrepreneurship is all very much alive and present. And it's great.
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Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan's Tumultuous History

I came here basically penniless, with a suitcase of clothes, a family of nine people. I find myself now having written these books, and even well before the books, I was already a poster child because I had a very successful career as a doctor, I had married a great woman, had healthy children. But certainly, anybody who writes an article about the American Dream today should call me. I feel like I am a good example of it.
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Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan's Tumultuous History

Khaled Hosseini: It's about discovering what you can be and giving yourself the chance to do it and be open to the possibility that it will actually happen and taking a risk. For me, writing these books, I am taking a chance with them and hoping that it will be perceived the way it eventually was received. I mean, it is a dream, whether it's an American dream or a personal dream, but for me certainly the entire thing has a dreamlike quality about it, these last five, six years.
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Ron Howard

Oscar for Best Director

My father is working more now than he ever has. And he said, "You know, a lot of my friends, they went into the corporate world, they became doctors, they had great careers, the kinds of careers that everyone would have applauded them for pursuing. And they pursued them, and some of them are happy about it and some of them aren't. But I followed my dream. And if the object is to have a secure and gratifying life, I've achieved that. Maybe never stardom, but my home is paid for, I have a great pension through the Screen Actors Guild plan, and I have security. And on top of everything else, while everyone else is winding down, I still can keep the dream alive. Because you never know when another interesting challenge is going to come along, or another great role. And I'm working more now than I ever have, and I'm active. And I've got a lot to look ahead towards."
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