Weird how you can read or listen to something at one point and the next time you read or listen to it, you see it with a completely different perspective. Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s wisdom, but I love that “whoa” moment I get when I revisit something I’ve already experienced before. It’s a sign that I’ve changed. This is how I felt when I heard Ellen’s speech again recently.
I was listening to some music on soundcloud when I stumbled upon this playlist. I thought it was going to be a normal playlist- a compilation of electronic music tracks (yes I like that kind of music)- but it pleasantly surprised me when it began with a quote from Ellen Degeneres’ commencement speech at Tulane University.
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“But my idea of success is different today. And as you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes. For many of you, today, success is being able to hold down 20 shots of tequila. For me, the most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and not to give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not, to live your life as an honest and compassionate person, to contribute in some way. So to conclude my conclusion, follow your passion, stay true to yourself. Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path and by all means you should follow them.”
The playlist itself is pretty amazing. I’m a huge fan of Sam Feldt. The Ellen quote is just the cherry on top. Needless to say, this playlist has been on repeat for weeks.
Be yourself in business and life,
If you want to hear this graduation speech in full: http://gradspeeches.com/2009/2009/ellen-degeneres
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