You Cannot Win in Improv – Or Life

Just a quick post to share a terrific commencement speech from Stephen Colbert.  Although I loved Conan’s speech, Colbert, speaking at his alma mater Northwestern University, hits a perfect mix of topical, hilarious, personal, and touching.

>You cannot win improv.  And life is an improvisation.  You have no idea what’s going to happen next and you are mostly just yanking ideas out of your ass as you go along.  And like improv, you cannot win your life.

Conan O’Brien: Life Is Not Fair

Happy Friday!

This has been circulating the Interwebs this week but I love it because its funny, heartwarming, and honest.  Enjoy this video of Conan O’ Brien, the ginger of my dreams, presenting the commencement speech to Dartmouth College.  It’s a great mix of empowering and hilarious and with a theme of failure, it hits close to home for me.

My favorite quote?

It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can be a catalyst for profound re-invention.