Monday, June 13, 2011

How to learn from a tall ginger.

I have a thing for commencement addresses, and I have a thing for Conan. Even though, it's been a year since graduation, I'm still studying and broke. So, this still applies. Disclaimer: If your not a late-night TV fan, you may not get some of his humor, but this was the best 20 minutes I spent all day. If you don't have time to watch the full thing, just read my favourite part:

"In 2000, I told graduates “Don’t be afraid to fail.”  Well now I’m here to tell you that, though you should not fear failure, you should do your very best to avoid it.   Nietzsche famously said “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”  But what he failed to stress is that IT ALMOST KILLS YOU.  Disappointment stings and, for driven, successful people like yourselves it is disorienting.  What Nietzsche should have said is  “Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you watch a lot of Cartoon Network and drink mid-price Chardonnay at 11 in the morning.""....

"In 2000, I told graduates to not be afraid to fail, and I still believe that.  But today I tell you that whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come.  The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality."

RIGHT? .. now watch the 2011 commencement address from Team Coco!

This has to go under "Things I miss about North America"

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I was just talking to somebody about how videos may make interesting content, but it doesn't drive views and people often don't like to watch them.

    And you posted that little exert before the video and I read that instead of watching the video!

    Who woulda thunk?

    Anyway, cheers to good commencement addresses!