You’ve got a huge room, you’ve got a big, distracted crowd that thinks they know everything about everything – and probably stayed out a little too late last night celebrating. Once you’re prepared, throw your preparation in the trash. You are capable of more than you think. We celebrate the joy of your achievement, but we must give thanks for all that brought us here. Take it from the professional extrovert – the most gregarious among us are far more insecure than we would ever admit. And understand that whatever else may fail you, whatever bad luck or failure may befall you, your personal integrity is always in your own hands and can never be taken from you. The good news is that if you keep at it long enough and you actually get to make a living at this glorified high school extracurricular activity, you not only get a little better at it — given enough chances, even a chimpanzee may type a dictionary — but you begin to see that the process of acting has the potential to show us a little bit about how we might act a little better in our real lives.
This is uncomfortable for all of us. Life is like a one big Mardi Gras but instead of showing your boobs show people your brain and if they like what they see you’ll have more beads than you’ll know what do with. It’s great to be back in my hometown. And you’ve got a bunch of family members of various ages who you have to worry about offending if you happen to get a little too honest. I am perpetually assaulted by examples of children, quadrupeds and a wide variety of insufferable idiots who are, on occasion, capable of acting beautifully. Ominous threats seek to distract us from achieving our spectacular potential as individuals, as a nation and as a delicate, shrinking planet. The pressure to get into wonderful institutions like this is threatening to create a generation of what I call hiney-kissing requirement-fulfillers.
It’s great to be back in my hometown. One of Whitford’s lines from his speech is: You are all so much more than that. Transcript of address by Bradley Whitford May 15, Some will question your qualifications to participate.
Bradley Whitford, Wisconsin, – Top 10 Commencement Speeches – TIME
Michael Uslan at Indiana University, Michael Uslan is the originator of the Batman movies and was the first instructor to teach “Comic Book Folklore” at an accredited university. One thing I can tell you is that Concordia College is getting ripped off.
Success is to be honest and to contribute in some way It comes down to about six basic principles. Let me be clear — I want you all to stay the hell out of show business. One thing I can tell you is that Concordia College is getting ripped off.
The most interesting acting and the most interesting living in this world has the element of surprise and of genuine, honest discovery. You are capable of more than you think. You know, I get it. For better or for worse, this horribly disappointing choice spfech a commencement speaker had to write his own speech.
Go out and plant some trees!
Motivation: The Top 10 Commencement Speeches Part 1
I can’t answer that question, my friends. I like to tell those people that there is nothing less American than telling another American to shut up – so they should shut graduatjon. This is especially true when the stakes are so high. The choices are difficult and the consequences are real. Fall in love with the process and the results will follow.
You can’t afford speedh spend your life like a bad actor stumbling through a predetermined performance that is oblivious to the world around you. You know, I get it. You are all so much more than that. So I begin this address not only with the full expectation that I will soon be forgotten, but with the additional humiliation that there will probably be no one there to remind you of who I was.
The line of fire racing across time that we call life is burning brightly in all of you at this moment. You’ve got a huge graduatikn, you’ve got a big, distracted crowd that thinks they know everything about everything – and probably stayed out a little too late last night celebrating. A bunch of invisible White House lackeys, otherwise known as speechwriters, wrote it for him.
Why would you opt instead for a glorified circus clown from a television show?
We all go through life bristling at our external limitations, but the most difficult chains to break are inside us. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. George Bush did not write that speech. Action is the antidote to apathy and cynicism and despair.
It is an act of liberation that will connect you to the world with compassion and be your best guide as you navigate the choppy waters of love, work braldey citizenship.
All we need is for you to find joy in your journey, to find satisfaction in hard work, to be aware of what is happening around you, to free yourself from your imagined limitations, to listen, and finally, to act — not to play make believe. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.