The Shortened Commencement Speech You Need Every Day

For those who made the choice to sit through your college commencement speeches, I applaud you. ‘Tis the season for commencement speeches, but why bother sit through one?

I am a collector of wisdom, and it presents itself in many forms. The most recent addition to my menagerie is a document, hand-written and worn down with the passing of time. I present it to you here:


The most destructive habit — worry

The greatest joy — giving

The greatest loss — loss of self respect

The most satisfying work — helping others

The ugliest personality trait — selfishness

The most endangered species — dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource — our youth

The greatest “shot in the arm” — encouragement

The greatest problem to overcome — fear

The most effective sleeping pill — peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease — excuses

The most powerful force in life — love

The most dangerous pariah — a gossiper

The world’s most incredible computer — the brain

The worst thing to be without — hope

The deadliest weapon — the tongue

The two most powerful words — “I can”

The greatest asset — faith

The most worthless emotion — self-pity

The most beautiful attire — a smile

The most prized possession — integrity

The most powerful channel of communication — prayer

The most contagious spirit — enthusiasm


Congratulations to all graduates, and may wisdom be abundant in your world.

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