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Graduation Speeches: Not boring at all (Part 2)

by Maria Carmela De los Reyes


22 Mar 2013 Print This Post Print This Post

    The first part of this article can be found here.

    As soon as we flip our calendars from February to March, the first thing that comes to mind is Graduation Season. As one of the most-awaited events of the year, it signals the end of school and the fruit of a student’s years of hard work and persistence.

    It is an exciting time, yet, in every graduation ceremony many of us want to skip the commencement speeches because we think these are too dull. Surprisingly, not all speeches are boring. In fact, there are some worth hearing no matter how long they go.

    Jon Bon Jovi, Monmouth (2001)
    “You’ll never make it in the music business” said some record executives. But Jon Bon Jovi proved them wrong. Not only did he make it, he was exceptional at it.

    Lead singer of rock band Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi tells you to believe, most especially in yourself, as anything is possible. As he says, if you don’t believe in yourself, who else would? Further, Bon Jovi advises you to listen to people who believe in themselves. Doing this makes you learn to believe in your own self.

    “Mediocrity is nobody’s goal and perfection shouldn’t be either.  We’ll never be perfect.  But remember these three P’s:    Passion + Persistence = Possibility.”

    Also, you don’t have to be perfect because nobody is. You may live your life cautiously to guarantee perfection, but along the way you will always meet failure. It doesn’t also mean that you have to be ordinary. You can still live an extraordinary life without being perfect. Anything is possible so long as you have passion and persistence.

    Ellen Degeneres, Tulane (2009)
    Would you believe that Ellen of The Ellen Degeneres Show once had no ambition in life? It was only when her girlfriend died that she gave direction to her life. And the direction she followed lead to her success.

    Ellen Degeneres proves that it is never too late in life. If you think nothing can be done anymore, you are wrong — because you can be anyone you want to be. When you will become this person depends on you.

    “Really when I look back at it I wouldn’t change a thing. I mean, it was important to me to lose everything because I found out what the most important thing is — to be true to yourself. Ultimately that’s what’s gotten me to this place. I don’t live in fear, I’m free, I have no secrets, I know I’ll always be okay no matter what, I know who I am.”

    Ellen proves that gender cannot hinder your success in life. What can hinder you most is not being yourself. Doing this, not only do you fool others, you fool yourself.

    Next time you attend any graduation ceremony don’t just sit there and let the words of wisdom go over your head. The speech you miss could change your life — and you’ll never know until you listen.


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