Why wasn’t Conan O’Brien asked to deliver the commencement speech at Samford University in 2003? I don’t even remember who delivered the address at my graduation. I only remember thinking “don’t fall, don’t fall” as I walked across the stage wearing heals and a gown 2 inches too long.
I have a sneaking suspicion that no one will actually take the time to watch this 23 minute video, that is unless you are me, a die hard Coco fan. This week has been really intense. Today I decided to skim the interwebs for humor. I landed on this video of Conan O’Brien delivering the 2011 commencement speech at Dartmouth. I enjoyed it immensely. I didn’t know what to expect, but within less than 2 minutes I assumed that this was just a really long monolog akin to the opening of his show. Towards the end I was surprised. Conan shared, “There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.” He was deeply changed during a time of turmoil in his career. In the end, I was surprisingly encouraged by this freakishly tall Irish Catholic, jegging loving, wierdo.
“No specific job or career goal defines me, and it should not define you. In 2000—in 2000—I told graduates to not be afraid to fail, and I still believe that. But today I tell you that whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.”