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The Greatest Speeches in History: Jim Carrey’s Maharashi University of Management Address

The Greatest Speeches in History is a weekly column that compiles the most memorable speeches in history with the goal to emphasize on the power of public speaking, to illustrate its importance, impact, and necessity to master.

Each and every one of these speeches, delivered by some of the most famous, successful and memorable people in the world, are great examples of the power of public speaking. This week, we keep our focus on one of the most brilliant actors in the world, who has made us laugh so many times – Jim Carrey.

In a funny yet very inspiring way, Jim Carrey delivered one of the most motivational commencement addresses out there. Here are the most important outtakes from his graduation speech at Maharashi University of Management back in 2014:

“Sometimes I think, that’s the only thing that is important, you know. It’s just letting each other know that we’re here, reminding each other that we’re part of a larger self.”

“You are the vanguard of knowledge and consciousness, a new wave in a vast ocean of possibilities. On the other side of that door, there is a world starving for new ideas, new leadership.”

Now fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much.”

“You could spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear.”

“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

“What’s yours? How will you serve the world? What did they need that your talent could provide? That’s all you have to figure out.”

“You can join the game, fight the wars, play with the form all you want, but to find real peace, you have to let the armor go. Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”

“No matter what you gain, ego will not let you rest. It will tell you that you cannot stop until you’ve left an indelible mark on the earth, until you’ve achieved immortality.”

“And don’t worry if you miss your cue, because there’s always door opening. They keep opening.”

“Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.”

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