Commencement Speeches Offer a Chance to be Inspired

Recently Frances Bridges, writer for Forbes, wrote an article discussing some of the best advice given from 2017 commencement speech season. For your Monday Morning Inspiration check out the inspiring words from Will Ferrell, Sheryl Sandberg, Octavia Spencer, Michael Bloomberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Will Ferrell

“I was just trying to throw as many darts at the dart board, hoping that one would eventually stick. Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t extremely confident that I would succeed during this time period, and after moving back to LA there were many a night where in my LA apartment, I would sit down to a meal of spaghetti topped with mustard, with only $20 in my checking account and I would think to myself, ‘Oh well I can always be a substitute schoolteacher.’ And yes, I was afraid. You’re never not afraid. I’m still afraid. I was afraid to write this speech.”

Sheryl Sandberg

“The most important thing I learned is that we are not born with a certain amount of resilience. It is a muscle, and that means we can build it. We build resilience into ourselves. We build resilience into the people we love. And we build it together, as a community. That’s called “collective resilience.” It’s an incredibly powerful force — and it’s one that our country and our world need a lot more of right about now. It is in our relationships with each other that we find our will to live, our capacity to love, and our ability to bring change into this world.”

Octavia Spencer

“Don’t let yourself get caught up in the trap of comparison,” she said. “Ignore the silly ‘30 under 30’ lists that the Internet throws at you before you even have your morning cup of coffee, those will be the bane of your existence post-graduation. Trust me. Comparing yourself to others’ success only slows you down from finding your own. Remember, no one came here the same way, and you won’t all achieve the success the same way.”

Michael Bloomberg

“Today, patriotism doesn’t require us to endure starvation or extreme deprivation. But it does require us to have the courage to do not what is easy but what is hard. What does that mean? Well, it means having the courage to keep studying new subjects throughout your life, to listen to those on the other side of an argument with an open mind — instead of retreating into safe spaces. It means having the courage to re-examine your beliefs when data and science contradict them. It means having the courage to stand up to members of your own party when you believe they are wrong — or when their actions put our great American experiment at risk.”

Oprah Winfrey

“There is nothing more powerful than you using your personality to serve the calling of your soul. I have been so blesses to live inside the dream of God. I figured out early on, I had these dreams for myself, I used to tell my father, ‘I’m going to live on a hill,’  ‘I’m going to have a million dollars,’ I learned early on in my career that the dream I had for myself couldn’t compare to the dream that life had for me. So I figured out how to lean in to life, and to allow the flow that was designed for me to follow, to allow that flow to be my guide, and every decision I have ever made has come from listening to the flow that represents the truth in me, that is also the truth in you. You already know the truth.”