Part of being a good leader one needs to share ideas and great finds - I hope you will share this one.
How can a speech with the line “You will soon be dead” be so darn inspiring?
When Tim Minchin gives you life advice, you listen.
Comedian, musician and general all-round awesome human being, Minchin gave a graduation speech at the Arts & Science graduation class at University of Western Australia (he was just being awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters for his contribution to the arts – NO BIGGIE).
And it was kind of brilliant.
In ten short minutes (and they really do fly by) he offers nine life lessons that he’s picked up in his ’37.9 years’, and in only a way a comedian could, they are equal parts hilarious and wise.
One: Be micro-ambitious. Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is in front of you. You never know where you might end up.
Two: Don't seek happiness. Keep busy and aim to make someone else happy and you might find you get some as a side effect.
Three: Understanding that you can't truly take credit for your successes nor truly blame others for their failures will humble you and make you more compassionate.
Four: Exercise. Take care of your body: you're going to need it.
Five: Be hard on your opinions. Be intellectually rigorous. Identify your biases, your prejudices, your privileges.
Six: Even if you're not a teacher, be a teacher. Share your ideas. Don't take for granted your education.
Seven: Define yourself by what you love. Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro stuff not just anti stuff.
Eight: Respect people with less power than you.
Nine: Finally, don't rush. You don't need to know what you're going to do with the rest of your life.