Power of 10: Graduation Advice

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Power of 10” is a bi-monthly  “list blog” of  personal, inspirational and/or off-the-wall topics. Most of the time, these lists are NOT unique content to the World Wide Web – just presented in a different way.

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I’ve graduated three times, and I remember absolutely NOTHING the commencement speaker said at each ceremony. Kind of sad, huh?

I remember more from the 2005 graduation speech at Stanford. (Steve Jobs: “You are already naked.”)

I found this great essay written in the Wall Street Journal, “10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You.” It’s practical, poignant and memorable advice.

As I was putting this post together, I had another tragic realization: I’ve received more memorable life lessons from Hollywood than I have when wearing a cap and gown. To honor that realization, I gave the WSJ feature a cinematic spin.

Can you guess all 10 of these films? (Personal note: I did NOT and will NOT see No. 8)

Image Source: allmoviephoto.com


“Research tells us that one of the most important causal factors associated with happiness
and well-being is your meaningful connections with other human beings. “

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Image Source: washingtontimes.com


“…if you are going to do anything worthwhile,
you will face periods of grinding self-doubt and failure.”

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Image Source: inquisitr.com


“…don’t use your prodigious talents to mess things up.
Too many smart people are doing that already.”

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Image Source: scaryforkids.com


“You will do better in life if you have a second economic oar in the water.
(I also want to alert you to the fact that commencement is like shooting smart fish in a barrel.)”

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Image Source: cnbc.com


“Kids’ sports are becoming ridiculously structured and competitive.
What happened to playing baseball because it’s fun?
We are systematically creating races out of things that ought to be a journey. ”

Click to see Tips 6-10

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