Monday, February 06, 2006

Let the Good Times Roll

I think I'm a sucker for graduation speeches. I thought Guy Kawasaki's was pretty good big-picture advice overall. It's worth reading his explanation of each point, but here's the list for reference:
"#10: Live off your parents as long as possible.
#9: Pursue joy, not happiness.
#8: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown.
#7: Learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, and play non-contact sports.
#6: Continue to learn.
#5: Learn to like yourself or change yourself until you can like yourself. #4: Don't get married too soon.
#3: Play to win and win to play.
#2: Obey the absolutes.
#1: Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone."

Via The Business of Life.


tfoxfan said...

I often think of the 'Reality Bites' graduation speech opener as stated by the main character Lelaina Pierce (played by Winona Ryder):

"And they wonder why those of us in our twenties refuse to work an 80 hour week. Just so we can afford to buy their BMW's? Why we aren't interested in their counterculture that they invented? As if we did not see them disembowel their revolution for a pair of running shoes. But the question remains: What are we going to do now? How can we repair all damage we have inherited? Fellow graduates, the answer is simple. The answer is...(shuffling speech cards)... the answer is...I don't know."

Lol. Ultimately, the list you've cited here is by far more accurate and I believe, attainable.

#10 is one we certainly 'cashed' in on and you know what? No regrets.

#4 is subjective and thus, I agree with it too.

Great post, Jer.

Jeremy said...

Oh, I love it -- thanks for sharing Lelaina's lifestylism wisdom.

I think I'm becoming a collector of grad speeches, linking to Paul Graham's and Dave Pollard's undelivered speeches, and linking to Steve Jobs' excellent one, and finally this last speech's accessible wisdom. Considering how flat-out bad most of these things are, it's an odd thing to collect...