Because not all speeches are made equally, be inspired by Tiffany Shlain’s powerful address.

Speeches are hard to write and give and can be equally hard to sit and listen to….but some speeches are a joy to write and motivating, powerful and timely like this one by Tiffany Shlain.  You must watch this. 

This is a commencement speech for everyone.  Thank you for writing such an articulately clear and responsibly inspiring speech.

Notes to remember and echo:

“Technology can accomplish so much so quickly.”

“It is in these challenging times that you have the opportunity to do something different, there’s no lucrative job luring you away from doing something you want to do.  That’s an opportunity. Because you have to dig down deep and say ‘what do I really want to do.”

“You have to love what you do.”  ” If you do something you love, it won’t feel like work.”

“And all the women graduating today, we are only here because of what our mothers and grandmothers did.  Now they’ve blazed a trail but we definitely need to make that trail wider.  We need to make more space in new roles for women in society.” 

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up way too much space.”

Have moxie – “It’s a mixture of being bold, fearless and a little outrageous.”

Failure enables success to be appreciated.

Evaluate and soul search.

“It’s important.  Don’t forget to have children ladies.” We can have children AND participate in society and make change.

“The internet in many ways has given the world a central nervous system.  What an amazing time to be alive and what an amazing time to be graduating…in 2010.” 

“When you tug at a single thing in the universe, you find it’s attached to everything else.”

Divide and conquer has been our primary strategy and we need to shift to putting things back together, to connect, understand the context of information and to find solutions to share ideas.  We can all make changes by naming it first and creating the ripple effect.  It is time for the world to be less dependent and more interdependent since everything is connected in so many ways more than it used to and we should work on solutions and ideas together.

“Whatever you think or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power within it.”  – Gerta

And yes. I definitely did Tweet this already.

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