University of Utah Keynote Address, February 16, 2016 – Career Advice for College Students

Pilzer, who normally advises governments and corporations on economics, here speaks about his experiences as an entrepreneur and founder of five companies.

Economist, Social Entrepreneur & New York Times Best-Selling Author

Paul Zane Pilzer has served as an economic advisor in two U.S. presidential administrations and addressed the People’s Republic of China from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Economist Paul Zane Pilzer was a Commentator for CNN and National Public Radio and has been profiled on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and in more than 100 publications. Paul received his BA from Lehigh University, his MBA from Wharton Business School, and taught at New York University for 21 years where he was student-rated “best professor.” He has written 11 books published in 24 languages and founded six companies including Zaniac Learning, Zane Benefits, and Extend Health.

The late Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, said that he was amazed at Paul’s “business capacity and his ability to put (economics) into layman’s terms.”

Entire Speech (51:25)
Introduction of Professor Pilzer by Dean Randall (00:25)
You Learn the Most from Your Mistakes (01:26)
Graduating in the bottom third of a high school where only the top half went to college (01:49)
The first law of success – How many hours are there in a week? (02:17)
The second law of success – Reveling in Rejection (04:41)
Getting to Wharton and rejecting Scarcity Economics (03:05)
Developing my own theory of Economics of Abundance – W=PxT (02:57)
Seeing God in Economics (04:37)
Getting rich when you are an unhappy customer (04:07)
Reforming U.S. Health Insurance (04:20)
Changing U.S. STEM Education with Zaniac Learning (04:01)
Why should you go to college—Is higher education still relevant? (02:46)
Why should you consider a career in business? (00:55)
What should you study in college for a career in business? (01:42)
How important is success in your first job? (00:31)
How do you combine public and academic service? (03:03)
How does climate change affect your theories on abundant resources? (01:17)
The Sharing Economy, The Sharing Revolution, and Gross Domestic Happiness (01:12)
Managing climate change and gasoline pump prices (00:47)
How did you convince Wharton to accept you? (04:01)
What’s your take on Tax Reform? (00:42)
The 2016 Presidential Election is an example of God at work (01:07)
The challenge for your generation is exporting abundance to the world (01:35)

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