Recently, I had the honor of delivering the graduation speech for the graduates of The Lisbon MBA program. I consider these ceremonies important celebratory life events so I wanted to come up with something that was truthful, inspiring, and grounded on facts.

OutSystems is the product of a fantastic collective of people, but as one of the founders and part of top management, I end up making wide-reaching decisions. This speech is structured around six principles that guide the decisions I make everyday in my life and at OutSystems:

  1. Acknowledge luck. Resist the feeling of entitlement.
  2. Live deliberately. Never shift control or blame.
  3. Be curious. Seek to understand why.
  4. Embrace change. Be proud of trying. Not ashamed of failing.
  5. Do not set limits on what you can do.
  6. Define your moral boundaries and never cross them.

 You can read the full transcript of the speech, here.