Being at a college graduation brought back clear memories of all the hopes and expectations I had for the world that I was just waiting to burst into, and definitely, all these years later, through the highs and lows of creating our own business, I was in need of a little re-invigorating of the just-graduating kind. It turns out, I was at the wrong university commencement!
I should have been at Dartmouth College where Conan O' Brien was giving the most hilarious, honest, and wisdom-filled speech that I've heard in while. Some of his gems included discussion of Dartmouth's school motto — Vox Clamantis in Deserto (voice crying out in the wilderness) — to which he remarked, "This is easily the most pathetic school motto I've ever heard!" and his message to parents that, "If your child majored in Fine Arts or Philosophy, you have good reason to be worried: the only place they are now really qualified to get a job is Ancient Greece." Brilliant!
But all the laughter aside, he had a very wise message to share about the ever-changing journey that life takes us on and that, "it is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique." For any of us entrepreneurs who are constantly battling to define our business and our roles within that business, Conan's speech is one to both enjoy for it's outrageous humor as well as absorb for its honest inspiration. — Yun