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Old 05-30-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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George Saundersís Advice to Graduates

Supposedly this convocation speech to the 2013 Syracuse grads went viral last summer, but I missed it then. In thinking about regrets, more than what I have or haven't done (yet)...
What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.
It was only an 8 minute speech, so a quick read. It struck a chord with me, thought it might with others.

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Old 05-30-2014, 03:09 PM   #2
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I loved it, even if it is my alma mater. Thanks Midpack


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Old 05-30-2014, 04:18 PM   #3
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Pretty decent advice. Hope they were listening more than I bothered at my college graduation.
ďOf all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.Ē John Muir
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His word ring true with me.
Kind of you to post it for us.
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First, I must admit I looked at this thread numerous times before clicking the link. I generally dislike most of these 'inspirational' speech things. I find most of them rather trite and tiresome and sugary-sweet. To each their own though.

But I did just click on it, and it started out very well IMO, a good blend of humor, connection and something to draw you in. And throughout, I thought the message was actually very good. Not earth-shattering, but I think it's good that we pause to think about these things from time to time. I think it might help me to move them from the background to the foreground a bit, at least for a while. That's enough to make the read worthwhile, I think.

His message kind of reminded me of a quote I read from the recently deceased writer, Maya Angelou. "People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel." I think there is a lot of truth to that.

Thanks for posting.

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I am sucker for a good commencement speech. That one was a gem, thanks for posting.

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