The Greatest Commencement 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.
Today we keep our focus on the commencement address which the famous actor Michael Keaton gave in front of Kent State University Class 2018. Keaton shared stories from his personal life and experiences and gave the graduates great advice and a lot to think about. Here is the full video the most important outtakes from his speech:
“Don’t be afraid to look foolish. Make mistakes, take chances. It’s one of the best things you can do. And what that will lead to is self-discovery, and it will lead you back to your natural authentic self. And I really encourage you as you get older, to go back to who you were when you were a kid because that was the most authentic you that there has been.”
“Don’t ever live your false self, always live in your real self, because the absolute freedom of not worrying about what other people think is indescribable, and worth all the effort that you put into it, and one of the things that is going to happen to you as you try to make your way back to your authentic self is you’re going to face something called humility. It’s going to be one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to you in your life. You’re going to go through life at times thinking you’re all that, and you’re going to learn real quick you ain’t.”
“I’m going to ask you to do me a favor. I’m going to ask you to be respectful, to respect yourself, always think of the other guy, as my mom used to say. Be thoughtful. Honor decency. And fellas, be a gentleman. Be generous. Be fair. Be courageous. Be yourself. Peace.”
“I’ve got one more thing to say and it will only take me a second, I’ve got two words that I want you all to remember, they’re very important and if I leave you with anything, I’m going to leave you with these two words. And those two words are:
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