From Zero to Inspired in Twenty Minutes

There’s one feeling that I especially love: being inspired. My heart pounds. The number of expletives used in my interior monologue rises exponentially. I’m almost in panic that I won’t be able to write fast enough to get all the ideas pouring from my mind on paper. It’s what I imagine other people experience on drugs. I call it the “F**k Yeah!” feeling.
Something that inspires me frequently is listening to other people. People who have accomplished great things. People who have gone through hard times and made it through. People who are smarter than me.
Thankfully we live in a day and age when you don’t always have to have those people around to be inspired by them. Today I want to share something that has lifted me up numerous times in the past and continues to do so. It’s Conan O’Brien’s commencement speech for the 2011 graduates of Dartmouth College. Conan’s story of not giving up in the face of perceived disaster and turning it into success is an admirable example of steadfastness and conviction that resonates strongly with me. It’s also funny as hell.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you should watch it. If you already have, watch it again. That’s what I did while writing this up. Let me know what you think.

“Work hard, be kind to people and amazing things will happen to you.”

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