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The Greatest Speeches in History: Natalie Portman at Harvard University

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.

Today we keep our focus on the powerful commencement address by Natalie Portman at Harvard University, delivered on May 27, 2015. Here are the most important outtakes:

“I have to admit that today, even 12 years after graduation I’m still insecure about my own worthiness.”

“Make use of the fact that you don’t doubt yourself too much right now. As we get older, we get more realistic and that includes about our own abilities or lack thereof. That realism does us no favors.”

“Fear protects us in many ways, but what has served me is diving into my own obliviousness. … Your inexperience is an asset in that it will make you think in original, unconventional ways. Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset.”

“The point is, if I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk, and the risk led to one of my greatest personal and professional achievements.”

“The most fulfilling things I’ve experienced have truly been the human interactions.”

“It’s a cliché because it’s true — helping others ends up helping you more than anyone. Getting out of your own concerns and caring about someone else’s life for a while reminds you that you are not the center of the universe.”

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