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The Knight in Rusty Armor

It’s commencement day I’m tasked to go at it alone As a token of my progress They gave me armor like stone. It shines bright in the sun And clinks and clanks with every move, Not a blemish to be seen It appears I have much to prove. The first great struggle It wasn’t that […]

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Be Yourself

In this brief talk, Neil deGrasse Tyson emphasizes the importance of the world’s simplest concept: be yourself. Through cultivation of our unique talents, Tyson tells us that we can be successful by creating our own niche and sharing our individuality with the world.

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You are here (Pale Blue Dot)

Powerful imagery coupled with compelling dialogue lends new perspective into the obscurity and co-dependence of the human condition. A simple image of our tiny world (“the pale blue dot”) seen from the far reaches of space reminds us just how small we actually are. Through this lens we see how foolish our perceived differences are, […]

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Steve Jobs Commencement Speech

Chances are you’ve seen this speech before. In summary, Jobs is explaining the importance of finding what you love and doing that as your life’s work. We’re not including this video because of the video’s overall message. In fact, there’s another school of thought that gives very different advice. The real wisdom in this video […]

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RoadTrip Nation: Talks at Google

t seems as if it’s understood in our world that the majority of people are working at jobs they’re not particularly fond of, and certainly not what they dreamed of doing as a child. “RoadTrip Nation” is a PBS series about a group of people who set out to find those who refused to give […]

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Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPY Speech

The late college basketball coach and broadcaster, “Jimmy V” gives his heartfelt acceptance speech upon receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 1993 ESPYs. Given just a few weeks before he lost his battle with cancer, with tears and laughter Jimmy reminds us of what truly matters most in this life.

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Jim Carrey’s 2014 Commencement Speech

Jim Carrey delivered what could be considered one of the best commencement speeches ever. It certainly belongs in the ranks of Steve Jobs’ famous commencement speech. He delivers a life’s worth of wisdom in less than thirty minutes. One of the biggest takeaways Carrey provides comes as he’s talking about his father choosing to take […]

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Charlie Chaplin’s inspiring speech

A wonderfully inspiring speech and truly epic scene in cinematic history. First, Charlie Chaplin gives a brilliant performance, but more so because of the enlightened message he gives. The overlying message here is to think for yourself and stay true to your values. It’s critical to periodically write down your personal values and examine the […]

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Growth outside of your comfort zone

Ben Saunders is a badass who knows a thing or two about challenge. At 26, he skied the North Pole by himself for over 70 days in sub-35 degree temps. This year, he will walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. His message to you in this short talk is […]

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The Lifelong Learner

In his powerful display of storytelling, the lifelong learner Ben Dunlap weaves us through intersecting stories full of emotion and insight. He discusses the tales of a brilliant and compassionate Hungarian Holocaust survivor, a prodigious art collector who happens to be a heart surgeon, and a ruler of a textile empire with an unending knowledge […]

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