Commencement speeches are typically reserved for graduating seniors anxiously awaiting the rest of their lives. But sometimes the advice is so good, we should all pay attention.
Thanks to a terrific list of 2013 commencement speeches from Graduation Wisdom, I gathered the best commencement quotes for a fulfilling and productive career.
Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter
"As you get ready to walk out under the bright lights of the improvisational stage of the rest of your life... be bold. Don't always worry about what your next line is going to be."
Patrick Doyle, CEO of Domino's Pizza
"Find a job that interests you, and when you find that job, work smart. Attitude truly is everything."
David Brooks, NY Times Columnist
"Don't think about what you want from life. Think about what life wants from you. If you're observant, some large problem will plop itself in front of you. It will define your mission and your calling. Your passion won't come from inside. It will come from outside."
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist
"Your diploma is not a ticket to show off what you know. It's permission to admit to yourself how much you still have yet to learn."
John Green, Author
"Old people like myself are terrified by their ignorance of [the Internet], which you can and should use to your advantage by saying things at your job like, "You don't have a tumblr? Oh you should really have a tumblr. I can set you up with that."
Carson Kressley, Fashion Celebrity
"If you live your life only following the path you think is approved or acceptable, or the one you think is expected of you, you'll be making a huge mistake. Not a single successful person... has ever done great things because they played it safe. You've got to be true to yourself."
Darius Rucker, Hootie & the Blowfish
"..find something that makes you want to give 'til it hurts."
Nate Silver, NY Times Statistician
"...read widely, consult for advice broadly, and take a multidisciplinary approach rather than specializing too much."
Anders Holm, 'Workaholics'
"Practice being curious, want to know things, ask questions."
Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark
"Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit. I will not give up no matter how dark the days, no matter how big my failure. I won't lose lessons that I could gather while on my knees. I won't lose the lessons I can find in my lowest pits of despair, because when I emerge, it's those lessons that will define my being.'"
Mark Shields, Political Analyst
"Call your mother...not text, not e-mail--call her. She wants to hear how you sound." [If you become parents,] "spend more time than you judge to be reasonable with your children. Please know that no one in recorded history, on his or her death bed has ever said, 'Gee, I wish I had spent more time at the office.'"
Howard Gordon, Co-Creator of 'Homeland'
"Listening takes practice, and it takes patience. But I promise, if you listen, your story will be better for it."
Rick Hodes, Physician and Author
"Remember this: Run to do good. Create a momentum in the right direction. Get your hands dirty. Wear out your shoes. Don't try to get too comfortable, please!"
Carlos Eire, Author and Professor
"If it weren't for my failures and my painful experiences, I would not be here today speaking to you...It's a way of saying the risks I took brought me here. Failure has brought me to his podium, more failures than I can count...These failures are my trophies."
Steve Case, Co-Founder of AOL
"Be curious. Be open. Be flexible. Let your life unfold as a series of chapters. Don't be so fixated on a specific ending that you neglect to open the door when opportunity knocks."
Arianna Huffington, Journalist and Author
"And remember that while there will be plenty of signposts along your path directing you to make money and climb up the ladder, there will be almost no signposts reminding you to stay connected to the essence of who you are, to take care of yourself along the way, to reach out to others, to pause to wonder, and to connect to that place from which everything is possible."
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