7 Motivational Graduation Speeches That Will Inspire and Transform You

Feeling down? Confused? Not sure what to do with your life? These commencement speeches may have the answers you’re looking for.

If not that, at least it will inspire and motivate you to bounce back in life.

Here are 7 motivational speeches to inspire you and change your life:

1. David Foster Wallace, 2005 Kenyon Graduation Speech23

“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”

In this commencement address, Wallace reminds us that we often forget, or take for granted, the most obvious things around us. He acknowledges it’s difficult to stay aware of what’s happening in the world, especially when you’re too busy dealing with the monologue inside your head.

That’s what a college education is about, according to him. It’s learning how to think, exercising some degree of control over your thoughts so you can choose what to pay attention to.

Our thoughts affect our realities, and the ability to choose how you “construct meaning from experience” will determine the lenses from which you see the world and how you react in return.

2. Ellen DeGeneres, 2009 Tulane University

“Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path and by all means you should follow that. Don’t give advice, it will come back and bite you in the ass. Don’t take anyone’s advice. So my advice to you is to be true to yourself and everything will be fine.”

This is one of the funniest graduation speeches ever! All humor aside, this speech shows why it’s better to be true to yourself, instead of trying desperately to be a second-rate version of someone else.

For years, Ellen thought being bisexual might prevent her from being a successful stand-up comedian but it’s just not the case. Ellen proved that you can be successful, whoever you are, if you worked hard and learn from your past experiences— even one as sad as the death of a loved one.

3. Charlie Munger, 2007 University of California Law School


*Skip to 4:08 for the actual speech

“You’re not going to get very far in life based on what you already know. You’re going to advance in life by what you’re going to learn after you leave here.”

Education doesn’t stop after you graduate from college. It doesn’t stop after you finish your MBA or PhD either. Munger says, “Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. It’s not just something you do to advance in life.”

It’s a moral duty because it’s only through continuous learning that we can add to the vast knowledge of man kind. If we stopped learning, progress in all industries—computers, finance, engineering, biology, stops as well.

 

4. Michelle Obama, 2013 Eastern Kentucky University


“If you’re a Democrat, spend some time talking to a Republican. And if you’re a Republican, have a chat with a Democrat. Maybe you’ll find some common ground, maybe you won’t. But if you honestly engage with an open mind and an open heart, I guarantee you’ll learn something. And goodness knows we need more of that, because we know what happens when we only talk to people who think like we do — we just get more stuck in our ways, more divided, and it gets harder to come together for a common purpose. ”

As far as inspirational speeches go, Michelle Obama’s speech is very actionable. Her advice is simple (not easy), talk to each other with an open mind.

Different religion, race, political stand, it doesn’t matter. We can all learn from one another.

5. Jim Carrey, 2014 Maharashi University of Management


This is one of my favorite motivational speeches because Jim Carrey is such a good example of his message.

“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an account.”
Carrey’s father lost his accounting job when he was 12, and it was then he realized that failure is inevitable, whether you’re doing what you want or not. If that’s the case, you might as well take a stab at doing something you love.

6. J.K Rowling, 2008 Harvard Commencement Address

“I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea.”

For writers and creatives everywhere, this is probably one of the most inspirational videos there is.

Rowling was suffering from depression when he wrote the Harry Potter books. But through grit and patience with herself, she was able to complete the first Harry Potter Manuscript and in doing so escape the clutches of depression.

Thanks to her, the world has Harry Potter.

7.Bono, 2004 University of Pennsylvania

In case you don’t know him, Bono is the lead singer of the famous band U2.

Of course, being the rock star that he is, he leads his speech by saying, “My name is Bono, and I am a rock star”

Being a rock star, I thought Bono would talk about the perils of fame, the road to stardom or something to that effect. But instead, he talked about big ideas and changing the world.

In his speech, he urges graduates to carefully consider their big idea. “What are you willing to spend your moral capital, your intellectual capital, your cash, (and) your sweat equity in pursuing outside of the walls of the University of Pennsylvania? The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape,” he said.


 

“There were people who went to sleep last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of plowing. So you watch yourself about complaining. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
― Maya Angelou

 


Transformation

Some websites/apps to enhance productivity and skill sets

I am going to mention some websites and Apps here and I want to make it clear that I am in no way affiliated to any product here. I am writing about these products because I find them productive.

To be able to get the best out of these, it’s necessary that you stay consistent with the apps and websites and believe me you will get results.

  1. Highbrow: Highbrow is an email based service that delivers you daily lessons via email for the course that you have subscribed to. There are a variety of courses ranging from Language, History to Psychology and Marketing. The Courses are very well written and served in little chunks of 5 minute daily read.

You cannot subscribe to more than one course since that will mess up with your routine. So,One lesson at a time served via email daily in the morning. You just have to take out 5 minutes daily for this.

2. Franz: Franz is an application available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s a great application for productivity. Franz lets you run 23 apps inside one app i.e. Franz. You can use your Whats App, Slack, Gmail, Messenger, Skype, Outlook, Telegram and many other apps inside this single app.

The best part about this app is these apps utilise less CPU memory than the apps running individually. Franz saves you the hassle of switching between tabs and devices. I totally love it and keep suggesting it to everyone .

Download Franz

3. CanvaCanva is photoshop for everyone who doesn’t know Photoshop. You can use it online and you can also download it on your phone if you want to work on the go. Canva lets you design beautiful graphics for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, E-mails or flyers, poster or custom ones.

The best part about this app is that it has pre-defined templates for everything that are scaled as per the requirement. Beautiful Templates and variety of Fonts just do the half of the creativity work.

The Canva design guide also teaches you how to match up fonts for better looking designs.

4. Pocket: Pocket is a great app to save articles to read later if you don’t have time right now and cannot remember the link later. You just have to install an extension in your browser on your desktop and download the app in your phone. Log in with the same Id on both the devices and whenever you save an article, it goes into your pocket list. You can read it later at the end of the day or in free time.

You get recommendations from other pocket users and you can recommend them too. Pocket is slowly turning into an network and I love that.

If you’re an avid reader like me, Pocket works like magic.

 

 

5. Elvate: Elevate is an iOS and Android app that helps you sharpen your brain with exercise for Math, reading, writing and Concentration. The App measures your current status by taking a test and then assigns value for every skill that you want to improve.

You are then allotted daily lessons in the form of games with beautiful animations. Elevate was the 2014 app of the year and it has every reason to be. It’s got engaging content. It tracks your progress and shows you result from time to time. It’s fun and learning at the same time.

 

 

6. Lumosity: Lumosity is also an app just like Elevate but it has different game and way to achieve the same things. You solve problems and learn things every day. There is not much to tell about Lumosity since I have described Elevate but it’s a great app just like Elevate.

7. Google Calendar: You might be aware of this one but let me tell you how good it is. I use Google Calendar for scheduling meetings, Setting up my daily routine, reminders, to- do and Daily goals. It’s a power house for productivity and it’s connected to your Google account. So you get reminders in mail, app and every other Google app that’s connected.

I have used many to do apps and by many, I mean almost every one out there but nothing comes close to this one.

 

8. Stumble Upon: Stumble Upon is a website where you stumble upon things f your interests. You choose your interests and you’re good to go. Everytime you clickon the stumble upon sign, it throws at you a random article from the internet related to your interest. It’s a great website and app to learn things concerning your interest.

Stumble Upon can also sit in your widget area and give you suggestions for the app.

 

9.Lynda: Lynda is an online collection of tutorials ranging from photography to marketing to IT expertise. There are a large variety of course and the teachers have done a great job covering them up in detail and to the point. You can collaborate with other users on projects given by the teachers.

You get a 10 Day trial before paying. Choose a course, take the trial and if you like it, subscribe.

10.UP by Jawbone: Okay, This app is for physical productivity. Up measures you daily activity and registers them to give you the desired results. You tell the app about your goals, be it weight loss or weight gain. It then measures your daily efforts and the efforts required to achieve the goals.

The app also tracks your calorie count and sleep pattern in order to give you better results. If you’re using it with a tracker, you will be delighted but it works great without a tracker too. The app has great reminders to tell you about when to sleep and what to eat.

 

11. Grammarly: Have you ever struggled while writing for an assignment or something as such with the Grammar. When you’re not sure about if the sentence is grammatically correct. Welcome Grammarly. Grammarly is a website as well as comes with a browser extension which marks out any grammatical mistakes from your writing and suggests alternatives for the same. The free version is great but if you’re into academic writing or pretty serious about your writing, you can try the paid version too.

12. Boomerang: Boomerang was recently introduced at Product Hunt and you can get your hands on it now. Boomerang is for the people who have a hard time dealing with their e-mails. Boomerang can schedule your emails for the future. You can archive them for the time when you want to follow them later. It works with Gmail right now(not inbox), only Gmail.

The best part about Boomerang is the Respondable. Respondable uses artificial intelligence to give you better tips on how to write the right email. It helps you use the right tone so that your e-mails really work.

How to be a Successful Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship often refers to as running your own business but Entrepreneurship is much broader than the creation of a new business venture, At its core, it is a mindset – a way of thinking and acting. It is about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value. To make the world a better place.Regardless of how you define an “entrepreneur,” one thing is certain: becoming a successful entrepreneur isn’t easy.

So, how does one person successfully take advantage of an opportunity, while another, equally knowledgeable person does not? Do entrepreneurs have a different genetic makeup? Or do they operate from a different vantage point, that somehow directs their decisions for them?

Though many researchers have studied the subject, there are no definitive answers. What we do know is that successful entrepreneurs seem to have certain traits in common. Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled.

 


Entrepreneurial Myths

Here’s a bit more on the perceived hurdles:

  • Innovation/Idea: most ideas have been thought of before, and all will have competition. Success comes down to executing on your idea well and finding the right customers where you can solve their needs better. Think of all your favorite companies, and chances are, there was already someone doing a startup very similar when they founded.
  • Time: starting a company does take time, and this just comes down to managing your time well. Focus on the things that matter most, and remember that perfect is the enemy of done. Recall also that many great ventures start as side projects, which is why companies like Google allow their employees 20% of their time to work on projects they think will benefit the company. Check out this article for more on when to go all-in with your startup, and this one for why the overnight success myth isn’t real.
  • Team: you can do a lot on your own, though when you do go to find teammates, understand the gravity of this decision and what is most important in choosing a great team. Check out this post for more.
  • Funding: the average amount to start a company is only about $10,000 – $30,000 (depending on the source — Kaufman Foundation estimates $30,000, while the Small Business Association quotes smaller numbers). Most entrepreneurs fund their company either on their own, or with a small loan from friends and family. Media skews what is needed to start something with the few outliers who raise millions of dollars, but the truth is, it usually requires much less.

 

Points to consider while starting your own company:-

  • Pursuit: the actions of an individual entrepreneur — drive, resiliency, focus, discipline, and balance
  • Opportunity: the type of venture — a better, cheaper, or more efficient offering for the customer
  • Beyond resources controlled: managing the risks of external constraints


2. Interpersonal Skills

  • Leadership and Motivation
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Good Listening skills
  • Negotiation
  • Ethics


Finding Opportunities

Look for ways that current customers of the market aren’t fully satisfied with the solutions available, plus look for potential customers who do not have access or skills for current offerings.

  • List your own underserved needs or frustrations
  • Listen to customers in this market about their frustrations
  • Watch your competitors — both top companies and newly hyped companies in the industry, assessing their strengths and weaknesses. Read online customer reviews of current offerings and identify their biggest unmet needs.
  • Assess barriers to being a customer to see if there are certain skills, access, awareness, etc. that makes the offering accessible to these customers, but prevent it from being desirable or accessible to others.

 

 Mindset 

  • Optimism
  • Vision
  • Resilience
  • Drive and Persistence

 

Teaming

Relationships are hard, and this is especially true in startups, when the ups and downs of the process cause emotions and tensions to run high. Startups are much more likely to fail due to issues within the founding team than any other problem. Sixty-five percent of startup failures result from “people problems,” compared with only thirty-five percent failing for any other reason—including funding, customer acquisition, and product development.

You can minimize interpersonal challenges by finding the right co-founders and setting up expectations for how you’ll work together. The success of a team can be broken down into three parts:

  • Design – finding the right complementary co-founders.
  • Launch – setting expectations and norms.
  • Process – managing the culture relative to norms and expectations.

While you may be tempted to startup your company alone, keep in mind that there can be a lot of potentially valuable reasons to have co-founders: complementing your skills, getting a more well-rounded perspective, having support through the ups and downs of a startup, and more.

 

 Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

  • Creative Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Recognizing Opportunities

 

Team Design

Team design is about having the right people—finding co-founders with a similar vision and values, and with complementary personalities and skills. Many entrepreneurs start by finding others who have similar interests, like their friends. Instead, entrepreneurs should start look for people who have the same values and reasons for wanting to start a business. Skills can be learned and interests can change, but shared values and motivation create a strong foundation.

  1. Shared vision – have a common “why”. The best cofounder teams have similar drives for starting their company, and this plays out in their decisions as they develop and grow the business.
  2. Complementary skills – we refer to three types: the builder, brander, and business developer
    • The builder is the technical co-founder and product developer. This may include skills of coding or product prototyping.
    • The brander connects the customer to your offering, including marketing, brand guidelines, and visual design.
    • The business developer is the operations, finance, and sales person. This person hustles to get the right partners and customers.
  3. Shared interests – (least important) Once you’ve aligned with compatible teammates around similar values, it becomes surprisingly easier to find common ground to develop business ideas.

While there is no one “right” set of characteristics for being a successful entrepreneur, certain general traits and practical skills will help you succeed.

By examining your own personal strengths and weaknesses and comparing these with those of the typical entrepreneur, you can get a sense of how well this career will fit with your personality.

Remember, becoming an entrepreneur is a career decision like any other. Do your homework, look at your needs and desires, and then decide whether this path is for you.

 

 

The fault in Our Stars – An Imperial Affliction

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.” A line from The fault in our stars which sums up my feelings for it. I was thinking of reading The Fault in Our Stars for a long time . I took courage, started and let me tell you that it wasn’t what I was expecting. The story was not really about their sickness but rather about their ordinary, normal life with unique circumstances. It portrayed how people with cancer lead a normal life as much as possible and did the best they could everyday.It is A beautiful story of Augustus waters (A.k.a. Gus) and Hazel Grace brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. John Green balances grace with gravity, wit with heart.

This was such a great book. So many lines that just kick you right in the gut. It’s surprising because this book is really funny too. So you’ll be reading along, chuckling at the banter between the characters and then all of a sudden BAM! This s*** just got serious. It totally works though, because that’s how lots of people deal with hard things. They wrap it up into something funny and more manageable.

I feel like i have a lot to say you know but I can’t express my feelings for The Fault in Our Stars with words alone because they might not be enough to explain my love for the fault in or stars or its impact on my life . This book is a masterpiece by John Green we all have been waiting for. It takes you in to the World of Hazel Grace & keeps you there from the very first page and you feel like you just don’t want to come out of it. The fault in our stars tells the story of Hazel Grace Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is completely rewritten.

This book depicts the life of a cancer patient & talks about their struggles, The struggle of people who love them, death & oblivion. TFIOS takes you in the life of a cancer patient and shows you life from their perspective. Hazel grace tells her story in a charming way which is sometimes hilarious & sometimes heartbreaking.

Main Characters of TFIOS includes:-

Hazel grace : A girl with pageboy haircut, dark brown hair and green eyes who had the pleasure to have her little infinity. Loves An Imperial Affliction , thinks she is quite unextraordinary , She’s funny without ever being mean.

Augustus “Gus” Waters : Stud with Incredible flirting skills,Ex Basketball Player & the boy who stole our heart & gave hazel her little infinity, Also likes to put the killing thing right between his teeth but doesn’t give it the power to do its killing so you can also call him daring too.

Kaitlyn : A British 25 year old socialite stuck in 16 year old teenager.

Patrick : addicted to video games, living with his parents and is eking out a meager living by exploiting his cancertastic past and is waiting for the sword of Damocles which he escaped to those many years ago.

Mrs. Lancaster : Hazel’s mother, studying to be a “Patrick

Mr. Lancaster : Hazel’s father, gets emotional quickly, and is seen as over-protective by Hazel. cries a lot and, according to Hazel, has the same vague understanding about her disease as she does.

Peter Van Houten : Wrote An Imperial Affliction for his daughter, Anna, who died of leukemia.a raging alcoholic who has given up on writing,basically an asshole But a good person deep deep deep i mean really deep down in his heart.

Isaac : Blind, had a girlfriend who left him When he has to get surgery to remove the cancer in his eye, Hazel and Gus’s friend.

Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph.

Hazel loved An Imperial Affliction & I loved how she was addicted to a novel. I’ve never been that obsessed with one novel before and it just seems amazing and wonderful. The only problem is this novel is fictional and now I want to read it and I can’t.

Hazel grace said ‘Like all real love stories, ours will die with us, as it should.‘ But it doesn’t you know their love story will remain in mine and in the heart of million other fans till thier little infinity.

“‘I’m gonna talk about math. I’m not a mathematician, but I do know this: There are infinite numbers between zero and one. There’s point one, point one two, point one one two, and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger set of infinite numbers between zero and two or between zero and a million. Some infinities are simply bigger than other infinities. A writer that we used to like taught us that.” I too had mine little infinity with them.Like Issac I also don’t want to see a world without Augustus Waters in it.

Favorite Lines:
“Pain demands to be Felt.”

“In the end, we both lost. So it goes.”

“Augustus and I were together in the Improbably Creatures Club: us and the duck-billed platypuses.”

“It seemed like forever ago, like we’d had this brief but still infinite forever.”

“I owed a debt to the universe that only my attention could repay, and also that I owed a debt to everybody who didn’t get to be a person anymore and everyone who hadn’t gotten to be a person yet.”

And one now last word “Okay”.

An Introvert

Google says that an Introvert is a shy, reticent person. But if you will ask an inttovert about it, they will tell you that there is a big difference between being shy and being an introvert. Introverts often stay on the sidelines at social events because socializing drains their energy. they are selective about how much they “put themselves out there” because they don’t want to crash afterwards.

Shy people, on the other hand, avoid socializing out of fear of the unfamiliar. The thought of talking to a stranger, or speaking in front of a group scares them. Instead of worrying about energy drain, they are concerned about making a fool of themselves, or being rejected and judged. Now You might be thinking, “I fit into both of those descriptions”. If that’s the case, then you might be introverted and shy. The two characteristics can occur together or separately. This means both introverts and extroverts can be shy. Likewise, both introverts and extroverts can be self-assured.

Introvert comes from Latin intro-, “inward,” and vertere, “turning.” It describes a person who tends to turn inward mentally. Introverts usually like to spend most of their time alone. introverts can be warm, interested in others, and powerful in their own right. If you have a close relationship with an Introvert you might know that they are pretty interesting people to talk and spend time with.

Introverts are very picky with whom they give their energy to. they prefer to reserve their time, intensity and spirit exclusively to those who reflect sincerity.

Struggle of an Introvert in Modern world

  • we spend time thinking about going out more often but when we actually do we can’t wait to go back to the comfort of our home.
  • People often telling you that you don’t talk much.
  • constantly mistaken as being rude for not talking much with other people.
  • Other people often assumes that Introverts don’t like other people much that’s why they don’t talk to them.
  • Most introverts hate talking on the phone so when a phone call comes you just don’t want to pick it up and let it go to voicemail.
  • Lack of skills for small talk.
  • And the most important one the tendency to overthink everything.

As Anne frank said “I think a lot, but I don’t say much.” which basically sums up the story of a Introvert.But Society tells us to speak up and speak out, even if that means our sentences are bloated with useless chatter. Let me tell you In the present world being an Introvert is quite hard a world where extroversion is considered the norm introversion is considered to be a bad thing by many people.

Introverts don’t need to be cured, fixed or magically transformed into extroverts this isn’t possible anyway. Extroverts are not superior to introverts, and vice versa. We are different personality types with different needs, desires, and behaviors. Unfortunately, in our culture, different is scary.

At last this quote by Susan cain for all the Introverts out there who thinks that there is something wrong with them just because society says so.

“Stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth.”

~ Susan Cain