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6 Inspiring Commencement Speeches | SUCCESS

When failure brings public humiliation – stumbling over an important presentation, or not getting that job you’d told everyone was in the bag – it can be tough to feel that anything good can follow. But accepting those times when life doesn’t quite to go to plan and ploughing on regardless could bring greater success in the long term.

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"But my mistakes have been necessary. I've dwelled on my failures today because, as graduates of Harvard, your biggest liability is your need to succeed, your need to always find yourself on the sweet side of the bell curve. Success is a lot like a bright white tuxedo. You feel terrific when you get it, but then you're desperately afraid of getting it dirty, of spoiling it.

A great commencement or class-day speech sticks with you forever. You remember it when you accept for your first job, and when you quit it.

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20 Best Commencement Speeches of All Time to Inspire …

Second, picking the theme is almost less important than picking really good stories to illustrate the theme. Are you surprised? Think about this example: consider you will talk about the importance of working hard. After all, everyone, and I mean everyone, knows that working hard makes one more likely to succeed. Simply listing this advice without a powerful story or great metaphor will fall flat and go directly into the boring, let’s get over with, graduation speech. On the other hand, you can spend the time needed to enhance your advice , as coach Woody Hayes did, for a successful speech: “You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face. Never.”

Harvard Commencement Speech for the Class of 2000 | …

“Ask the question: How can I be used? Life, use me. Show me through my talents and my gifts, show me through what I know, what I need to know, what I have yet to learn, how to be used in the greater service to life. You ask that question and I guarantee you, Smithies, the answer will be returned and rewarded to you with fulfillment, which is really the major definition of success for me.” (Smith College)

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When JK Rowling delivered the 2008 Harvard commencement speech about failure, her audience consisted of hundreds of students, their families and the university’s faculty. But the impact of her words that day have since reached far wider.

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Still, accomplishment is unreliable. “Succeeding,” whatever that might mean to you, is hard, and the need to do so constantly renews itself (success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it), and there’s the very real danger that “succeeding” will take up your whole life, while the big questions go untended.