Category: Commencement Address

Monday Motivation: Love–or Fear?

May flowers, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day…May is a pretty eventful month. May also kicks off the traditional graduation season–and that means even more speeches!

So for today’s Monday Motivation, listen to this minute-long clip from actor Jim Carrey. The clip is a portion of his 2014 commencement address at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.


You spend your whole life–imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future–but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear. –Jim Carrey

Embrace the day–and the week–with love!

First Lady Michelle Obama: Rising Above the Noise.

First Lady Michelle Obama recently delivered a deeply moving commencement address at Tuskegee University.

The First Lady certainly would understand if you missed it. After all, she delivered the address on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. As “Mom-in-Chief,” I think she would give you a pass.

That said–her address is excellent. Read the transcript, or watch below.

Courtesy of tuskegeevirtual

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An “Easter Egg” of an Entirely Different Sort.

Kids in the Washington, DC area have the opportunity to delight in two unique, post-Easter traditions: Easter Monday at the National Zoo and the White House Easter Egg Roll.

But I have an entirely different sort of “Easter Egg” for you today.

Courtesy of Stanford University

Last year, Mac users discovered Steve Jobs’ 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University tucked away in the Pages application. Frankly, this made me smile–of all the surprises a tech company could imagine to embed in its systems, they chose a speech.

It was a wonderful and inspirational commencement address because of the personal stories he chose to share. And he used simple, direct language to powerful effect.

Read (or watch–speech begins at the 7:35 mark) and be inspired. Hop to it!

J.K. Rowling: Benefiting from Failure.

We end Women’s History Month with a speech by author J.K. Rowling about “failure.”

So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. –J.K. Rowling

Courtesy of Harvard Magazine

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