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COMMENCEMENT 2012 cont.
The Best Graduation Speeches of 2012

6. Peter Dinklage

I waited a long time out in the world before I gave myself permission to fail. Please don't even bother asking. Don't bother telling the world you are ready. Show it. Do it.


Peter Dinklage's Commencement Address at Bennington College 2012

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7. Nipun Mehta

"When the things around you are seen as gifts, they are no longer a means to an end; they are the means and the end. And thus, a cow-herder will tend to his animals with the compassion of a father, a village woman will wait 3 hours for a delayed bus without a trace of anger, a child will spend countless hours fascinated by stars in the galaxy, and finding his place in the vast cosmos. "

We have forgotten how to value things without a price tag. Hence, when we get to our most abundant gifts -- like attention, insight, compassion -- we confuse their worth because they’re, well, priceless.


Commencement Address at University of Pennsylvania 2012
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8. Maria Shriver

Pausing allows you to take a beat -- to take a breath in your life. As everybody else is rushing around like a lunatic out there, I dare you to do the opposite.



"I'm only asking you to stop every so often and turn off your mobile device, put down the Angry Birds and the Words with Friends and take a moment. Stop to look up and look around. Pause and check in with yourself -- and spend a moment there. "

Commencement Address University of Southern California's Annenberg, 2012
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9. Sanjay Gupta

… graduates make sure you can write this sentence: 'I am who I always wanted to be.'


"You know what makes your heart swift, you know what makes your breath catch your throat, you know what makes your chest tight with anticipation. Go get that!"

Sanjay Gupta's Great Commencement Address at University of Michigan 2012

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10. Michael Lewis

Don't be deceived by life's outcomes. Life's outcomes, while not entirely random, have a huge amount of luck baked into them.


Michael Lewis's Commencement Address at Princeton University, 2012

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11. Adam Savage

There's few things that get you over your own crap more than working hard.



"Don't work for fools. It's not worth it. Getting paid less to work for people you like and believe in is much better for you (and your career) in the long run."

Commencement Address at Sarah Lawrence College, 2012
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