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The Tim Sackett Commencement Speech

May 27

It’s that time of year when universities and high schools go through graduation ceremonies and we celebrate educational achievements.  It’s also that time of year when you get bombarded with every great commencement speech ever given.  There is clearly a recipe for giving a great commencement speech.  Here are the ingredients:

1. Make the graduates feel like they are about to accomplish something really great, and not just become part of the machine.

2. Make graduates believe like somehow they will be difference makers.

3. Make graduates think they have endless possibilities and opportunities.

4. Make graduates think the world really wants and needs them and can’t wait to work with them.

5. Wear sunscreen.

I think that about sums up every great commencement speech ever given.  Let’s face it, the key to any great speech is not telling people what they need to hear, but telling them what they want to hear!

I would like to give a commencement speech.  I think it would be fun.  I like to inspire people.  Here’s the main topics I would hit if I were to give a commencement speech:

1.  Work sucks, but being poor sucks more. Don’t ever think work should make you happy.  Find happiness in yourself, not what you do.

2.  You owe a lot of people, a lot of stuff.  Shut your mouth and give back to them. Stop looking for the world to keep giving you stuff.

3.  No one cares about you. Well, maybe your Mom, if you had a good Mom.  They care about what you can do for them.  Basically, you can’t do much, you’re a new grad.

4.  Don’t think you’re going to be special. 99.9% of people are just normal people, so will you.  The sooner you come to grips with this, the sooner you’ll be happy.

5.  Don’t listen to your bitter parents.  Almost always, the person who works the hardest has better outcomes in anything in life.  Once in a while, a person who doesn’t work hard, but has supremely better talent or connections than you, will kick your ass.  That’s life. Buy a helmet.

6.  Don’t listen to advice from famous people.  Their view of the world is warped through their grandiose belief some how they made it through hard work and effort. It’s usually just good timing.

7. Find out who you care about in life, and make them a priority.  In this world you have very few people you truly care about, and who care about you in return.  Don’t fuck that up.

8.  Make your mistakes when you’re young.  Failure is difficult, it’s profoundly more difficult when you have a mortgage and 2 kids to take care of.

9.  It’s alright that sometimes you have to kiss ass.  It doesn’t make you less of a person.

10.  Wear sunscreen.  Cancer sucks.

So, do you feel inspired now!?  Any high schools or colleges feel free to email me, I’m completely wide open on my commencement speech calendar and willing to give this speech on a moments notice!

 

4 Comment to “The Tim Sackett Commencement Speech”

  1. #7 Has made my life infinitely easier as it means a lot fewer people to please!

    But I must disagree with #6, mostly because I just read this article: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201406/50-cent

    May 28, 2014
  2. This reminds me of an epic rant from Adam Carolla regarding mellinials and the occupy wall street stuff going at the time. Perhaps this should be standard listening for new grads so they can gain a better perspective of the real world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GmsCdyGD00

    jasen
    May 27, 2014
  3. Nice speech outline Tim! I would add:
    1) Remember those who gave time coaching you, volunteering in boy scouts or girl scouts, community service and church vocations, and helping out at school events. Think about how you also can help and get involved.
    2) save some money. You’ll be glad to have it later jn life and saving for a new home, a vacation and retirement is a good habit to have. Balance you spending with a savings plan.

    cheers,
    ~ Scot

    Scot Ellsworth
    May 27, 2014

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