What it takes to transition to life’s next stage

Life lessons for the 2019 graduating class, reminding us of what it takes to transition into life's next stage, whatever it may be. Read the inspiring words of Oprah Winfrey, Tim Cook, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justin Timberlake and more...

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Education has more important value than money, it is deeply important to our growth as people and as community, says Justice Sonia Sotomayor addressing Manhattan College. “You have to learn to dream big, you can’t dream of becoming something you didn’t know existed. Education exposes you to what the world has to offer, to the possibilities open to you. It enriches you as a person. It inspires you to consider new ideas. Education expands your knowledge and your ability to relate with the world, helps you to think critically and think in prospective. That helps you navigate life in all its aspects. Education empowers you to grow beyond the limits you once had and takes you beyond the ways of thinking you already know. It takes you to the greater potential that exists in the world.” • What will you learn next? Browse the available classes around you.

You are different because you make a difference, says Justin Timberlake in his address to Berklee School of Music. “It takes time to learn that and I would not have learned it if it wasn’t for music. Music was the place to loose oneself and really find oneself. Failure is not a failure if it leads you to your success. You have to appreciate those moments. What happens right after you feel you have failed defines who you are. You have to dare to suck. Your tenacity and ability to define who you are through your failures will be your ultimate success. • Browse available music classes around you. Dare to suck 😉

Success is a process, says Oprah in her address to Colorado College. “Appreciate the small steps you take and set an intention to be in service to life. Do what you have to do until you can afford to do what you want to do. Many times there are things that look like failures but it is just life pointing you at a different direction. Bumps and failures make the path clear and your purpose gets revealed to you daily. Your legacy is every life that you touch.” • Build up and get inspired by the available activities around you.

In a world where we obsessively document our lives, most of us don’t pay nearly enough attention to what we owe one another – we can do more together, says Tim Cook, Apple CEO in his address to Tulane University. “We can create more together through shared truths and acting collectively. Unleash the power of creativity and imagination in pursuit of a better world. There is nothing more beautiful or more worthwhile than trying. Look for the rough spots that others avoid – there, you will find your purpose and be able to make your greatest contribution. Don’t be too cautious; don’t assume that if you don’t move, the ground won’t move under your feet. My generation has failed you. We’ve been too focused on debates and fights then progress. The solutions to problems begin at a human scale with building a shared understanding of the work ahead and undertaking it together – we owe it to ourselves to try. Work to leave something better for humanity.” • Browse activities around you to get inspired and creative. Try!

When you really listen to people, when you listen as fiercely as you want to be heard, when you respect the idea that you are sharing the world with other people… When you lead with your nice foot forward, you will WIN, says Kristen Bell in her address to USC School of Dramatic Arts. “We live in an age of instant gratification, of immediate likes, and it is uncomfortable to wait to see the dividends of your kindness but it will happen. Prioritizing your emotional intelligence over your logical intelligence may feel like a compromise but it will pay off. Our brains are arrogant assholes. The brain thinks it is running the show but the heart is the one secretly pulling the strings. We often know what we want but we have no idea what we need. That is why we often approach life with one goal but we find our purpose along the way. Everything in life is grey – more than 50 shades… Pay attention to the nuances. That is what theater and acting teaches you – embrace complicated life as you embrace complicated characters. In art, as actors, we have to build three-dimensional characters. We prioritize listening on the stage because we know our livelihood depends on it. But in real life we tend to forget. Nuances seem to get lost in the shuffle, complicated characters get cast aside, and we view things two-dimensionally and we don’t listen to each other even thou our lives depend on it. Choose complexity over simplicity, choose the nuances, listen to others with open ears as your next move depends on it.” • Browse available theater classes around you. Learn to live life in nuances.

The power of music, says Alex Lacamoire addressing Berklee School of Music, it unites us, it unifies us, we acknowledge that there is art in this noise, order in its chaos. We respond actively or passively, physically or verbally, and we testify that a song or cord can trigger a sense or memory that hasn’t sufficed in 30 years. How miraculous that a group of people who have never met each other can get together and groove because they can speak a common language of code of graph with dots & lines… Music is where we can go pay our respects to the ephemeral and the divine. We can wage war or offer piece. We can scream in agony or whisper in confidence. We can build a tribe and forge a bond. • Browse available music classes around you. Get inspired.


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