Helen Mirren’s Commencement Speech is Perfect

Have you seen Helen Mirren’s commencement speech? I love her wisdom, wit, and dirty jokes in coaching the class of 2017. Here’s what she had to say about a clear career path:

Some of you have a clear idea of a plan and where adulthood will take you. You have known since you were 5 years old. Others of you have no idea, but don’t worry, both ways work. My nephew left school at 16, became a bartender in London and then a plasterer and finished up as a successful writer in Hollywood. I did not go to drama school, as I very much wanted to, but instead went to a teacher’s training college, where I didn’t want to go. We both, my nephew and I, ended up where we were supposed to be.

The trick is to listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it presents itself and then give it your all. You will stumble and fall, you will experience both disaster and triumph, sometimes in the same day, but it’s really important to remember that like a hangover, neither triumphs nor disasters last forever. They both pass and a new day arrives. Just try to make that new day count.

Fast forward to the four and a half minute mark to watch the speech in its entirety (the audio was really low on my computer but headphones helped). You can read the whole speech here, too.


Top image via Hollywood Reporter. 

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