by Peter Watts
Universities can scrap the scheduled speakers for this year’s graduation ceremonies. They can whack up a screen and speakers, and play their students this TedX jewel instead.
Professor Larry Smith of the University of Waterloo, berating students about “Why you are going to fail to have a great career”.
The Professor enumerates for his audience the reasons for failure, pick-axing one after another the self-destructive excuses we feed ourselves for not reaching our dreams.
“I’m an economist, I do dismal.”
Not only does he do dismal (inspiringly), he does manic, funny, and spit-flecked passion. He does logic, structure, and crafted balancing of speech techniques. He offers a 15 minute alternate take on the tired old formula of the Commencement Address, and delivers memorable and stand-out thought provoking.
The talk veers through life stages from birth to death. From a digression on how not to propose marriage through to what your gravestone epitaph will say compared to what it could have said.
No punches are pulled in highlighting the self-destructive tropes we feed ourselves for why we can’t stand-up to achieve greatness……