Commencement (3 of 3)

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#2:  David McCullough, Jr., Wellesley High School, 2012The McCullough family must have a gift for these things, because this speech is pure gold.  David McCullough, Jr., tops his dad (#5 on my list of great commencement speeches) with this past summer’s speech that went viral online after he told students they “weren’t special.”  My favorite line of this speech is …

Commencement (2 of 3)

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#4:  Aaron Sorkin, Syracuse University, 2012 This is one of the more recent speeches on my list.  I read it because–thanks to my brother, John, and friend Tommy–I’ve become fascinated by the HBO series The Newsroom.  Sorkin’s previous works include A Few Good Men and the television series The West Wing, among others.  It turns out he’s pretty good at offering …

Commencement (1 of 3)

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I want to begin this next post with a BIG congratulations.  One of my best friends from Wildwood Crest, NJ, is graduating from college this semester, and I got the idea for this post while thinking about his achievement.  I’m not going to use any names, but this person has been through an awful lot over the past few years.  …

Read Me

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again …

Change

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Coach Paulo gave a nice little talk today on swim technique. While the talk was outwardly about changing swimming technique to be more efficient and powerful in the water, his bigger message was that we need to be open to change. Demanding excellence–both athletically and personally–requires an openness to change. One must be humble enough to admit that one’s current …