The inspiring commencement speeches are starting early this year.
This past weekend two goodies caught my attention, and they touched on similar themes of following your passion. I pulled some inspiring quotes below, with links to transcripts and/or video recordings.
From President Obama (speaking at Ohio State University):
“You can’t give up your passion if things don’t work right away. You can’t lose heart, or grow cynical if there are twists and turns on your journey. The cynics may be the loudest voices — but I promise you, they will accomplish the least. It’s those folks who stay at it, those who do the long, hard, committed work of change that gradually push this country in the right direction, and make the most lasting difference.
“So whenever you feel that creeping cynicism, whenever you hear those voices saying you can’t do it, you can’t make a difference, whenever somebody tells you to set your sights lower — the trajectory of this great nation should give you hope. What generations have done before you should give you hope. Because it was young people just like you who marched and mobilized and stood up and sat in to secure women’s rights, and voting rights, and workers’ rights, and gay rights — often at incredible odds, often at great danger, often over the course of years, sometimes over the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime — and they never got acknowledged for it, but they made a difference.”
From Twitter CEO Dick Costolo (at University of Michigan):
“You cannot draw any of your paths looking forward. You have to figure out what you love to do, what you have conviction about, and go do that.”
“Inspiration season” is off to a good start.