Let your computer do the talking.
“I have been lucky to be a part of great ensembles. My work with the Upright Citizens Brigade lead me to my work on Saturday Night Live, and when I graduated from that comedy college I was worried about what came next. Then Parks and Recreation came along, a show I’m proud of where I get to work with people I love. You never know what is around the corner, unless you peek. Hold someone’s hand while you do it. You will feel less scared. You can’t do this alone. Besides, it’s much more fun to succeed and fail with other people. You can blame them when things go wrong. Take your risks now, as you grow older you become more fearful and less flexible, and I mean that literally. I hurt my knee on the treadmill this week and it wasn’t even on. Try to keep your mind open to possibilities, and your mouth closed on matters you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and ‘never’s. Continue to share your heart with people, even if its been broken. Don’t treat your heart like an action figure, wrapped in plastic and never used. And don’t try to give me that nerd argument that your heart is a Batman with a limited edition silver Batarang and therefore if it stays in its original packing it increases in value. Watch it, Harvard, you’re not better than me! Even though as a class you are smart, you are still allowed to say, ‘I don’t know.’ Just because you are in high demand, you are still allowed to say, ‘Let me get back to you.’ This will come in handy when your parents ask when you plan to move out of their basement, and you answer, ‘I don’t know. Let me get back to you.’ Which leads me to my final thought. Would it kill you to be nicer to your parents? They have sacrificed so much for you, and all they want you to do is smile and take a picture with your weird cousins. Do that for them, and with less eye-rolling please. And so, class of 2011, it is time to leave. Oprah has spoken.”
Amy Poehler, Harvard Commencement 2011
When you feel scared, hold someone’s hand and look into their eyes. And when you feel brave, do the same thing.— Amy Poehler
Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken. Don’ treat your heart like an action figure—wrapped in plastic and never used.— Amy Poehler
Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers’.— Amy Poehler
It’s much more fun to succeed and fail with other people. You can blame them when things go wrong.— Amy Poehler
You can’t do it alone. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life.— Amy Poehler
The Moonlight Address
Jack & Bobby
I will always remember the words to this speech for as long as I live. It was three years ago when I posted this on my then functional Multiply account, but I feel like I need to share it again today.
With the last group of people from my batch at TUP graduating today (including my girlfriend), those that I used to share the label “IRREG” with, I somehow feel obliged to leave with them a few words before they move on to being employed individuals. These words, naturally, would not come from me. :)
This particular scene from the series came to me at a time when I was struggling with being a Fine Arts Advertising major. It wasn’t the course, it was the way it was being taught to us that made me lose interest altogether. Students from current batches are lucky now that they have BETTER teachers and resources. Back then, for me, it was next to hell. If not for my friends, I would’ve lost all reason to go to school at all. Then came this episode of Jack & Bobby. I was watching reruns that day. A marathon, actually. I have always admired how the series was written. I shouldn’t have been surprised that scenes like this move me.
So, bottom line: Whether you’re graduating from high school and starting college or you’re finally done with your major and moving on to find that perfect job (which will be elusive, I kid you not), you will fail. It’s what you do and how quickly you act on those failures that matter. And, in the words of Mrs. McAllister, keep going.
When you’re doing the work you’re meant to do, it feels right. And everyday is a bonus regardless of what you’re getting paid.— Oprah Winfrey
I didn’t go to college at all, any college. And I’m not saying you wasted your time or money but look at me I’m a huge celebrity.— Ellen DeGeneres