I made this video of CJCS Gen. Martin E. Dempsey’s Commencement Speech at Norwich University, May 2012.
I enjoyed reading through this inspirational speech toward an Uncommon Life and to Start Delivering but obviously found a flaw in our current Chairman… he’s a Yankee Fan. Well, as he notes…everyone has a flaw and this is his. I’ll forgive a bit of it since he has achieved Duke Alumnus status.
Go Boston Red Sox!
“Any time I had a chance to do something cool I tried to grab for it and that’s where my solace comes from.” – Randy Pausch
Randy Pausch died a little more than a month after giving this speech to the graduating class of 2008. If you haven’t watched Randy’s Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams then you’ve missed an unrivaled inspirational story. I must thank my Mother-in-Law, Nevin, for originally introducing me to Randy’s inspiration.
Randy’s thinking is special and an exceptional example of what makes up the significant composition of Carnegie Mellon University. This time of year always reminds me to evaluate my life. To ensure that I’m a) doing what I believe is right; b) following my dreams; c) achieving the milestones toward those dreams. Once you watch The Last Lecture you’ll know where I stand on the Tigger/Eeyore choice.
Since I love clichés just like Randy I’ll end with Steve Jobs’ more recent life guidance:
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ― Steve Jobs
[via Randy Pausch’s Website]