Recently, an online news source featured some commencement addresses, speeches given at the graduation ceremonies at notable institutions in the US. My favourite was the one given by TV comedian and satirist, Jon Stewart, of the Emmy-award-winning The Daily News with Jon Stewart.
Love what you do. Get good at it. Competence is a rare commodity in this day and age. And let the chips fall where they may. — Award-winning TV satirist Jon Stewart’s commencement address to the class of ’84 at the College of William and Mary, Virginia. This address is worth a read in its entirety, filled with Stewart’s signature brand of dry wit, cynicism, irreverently yet elegantly delivered in a public address on a formal occasion.
A further sample: I am honored to be here and to receive this honorary doctorate. When I think back to the people that have been in this position before me from Benjamin Franklin to Queen Noor of Jordan, I can’t help but wonder what has happened to this place. Seriously, it saddens me. As a person, I am honored to get it; as an alumnus, I have to say I believe we can do better. And I believe we should. But it has always been a dream of mine to receive a doctorate and to know that today, without putting in any effort, I will. It’s incredibly gratifying. Thank you. That’s very nice of you, I appreciate it.
“Love what you do. Get good at it.” That’s a good motto to live by. What’s your passion? What drives you? Are you able to do what you love? How are you going to get there? What are you learning today? How are you going to get good at it?
I’m thinking about these questions too.