Take a break from reading and watch this fantastic short film -- an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's major commencement speech delivered on May 21, 2005 at Kenyon College. Don't forget to come back, though.
College graduation is a big deal, and a commencement speaker's ability to share something of himself or herself that sticks and gives hope can play an important inspirational role.
You will likely find yourself doing something no one like you -- no one your color, your gender, speaking your language, coming from your place of birth -- has done before. When that happens, you may find yourself with an opportunity to lead a personal Parade with Purpose.
People often ask me, "What is your recipe for success?" There is no single recipe for success, but there is one essential ingredient: passion.
A career is no longer like a ladder; it's like a jungle gym. For your career, look for opportunities, look for growth, look for impact, look for a mission. Move sideways, move down, move on, move off.
Before I knew it, I was chasing espresso shots with black coffee. By junior year, my friends and I started getting into Diet Coke, Red Bull, and even 5-hour Energy. One thing we've learned is the first step is admitting you have a problem, and I admit it: I leave Yale a full-fledged caffeine addict.
Delivered with aplomb, the speaker took an adeptly right-handed swipe at President Obama. The response from the crowd was a predictable smattering of applause and boos, and while most sat in stunned silence, I was flabbergasted.
Graduate School of Education student Sammy Lemoonga, shares a farewell prayer. Sammy is a member of the Samburu tribe in northern Kenya and (along with his wife), recreated an official tribal ceremony of sending forth.
Commencement speeches are the worst kind of speech, because you need to be enthusiastic and inspiring in your own voice. There is nothing cheesier than that.
Given commencement is right down the road, it seemed only fitting to share these comedy life lessons with parents and their graduates....
We live in a world where bad things can happen to good people. When they do, commitment matters. And when one finds oneself in dark moments it's worth remembering what Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "Only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars."
It is tempting for a nation and for a society to feel overwhelmed by transformational change. Today's Egypt should not. All of its challenges are surmountable, especially if the country retains its unity, commonality of purpose, and purity of aspiration.
The Dalai Lama said, "There is nothing amazing about being highly educated; there is nothing amazing about being rich. Only when the individual has a warm heart do these attributes become worthwhile."
Joining the Interfaith Council at USC and engaging in dialogue and service became ways in which I could strengthen my own faith, by viewing it through the prism that unites all faiths.
Popular wisdom is that there is an oversupply of actors, songwriters, violin players, novelists, potters and poets. Competition is fierce, wages are depressed, and only a few become "stars."
In my travels in this country and abroad, to the worst neighborhoods in the most impoverished countries, the most impressive people I meet are not the mayors and governors, the warlords and prime ministers. The people I remember are the idealistic youths.