Aaron Sorkin’s commencement address at Syracuse University [video]
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin stood in front of the Syracuse University class of 2012 and delivered a commencement speech that contained equal parts inspiration and reality.
A few tidbits of wisdom to take away:
“And make no mistake about it, you are dumb. You’re a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You’re barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they’re a-coming for ya. It’s a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.”
“You’ll meet a lot of people who, to put it simply, don’t know what they’re talking about.”
“Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.”
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