Inspiration Education Month – Jim Carrey Commencement Address

Sep 21

Inspiration Education Month – Jim Carrey Commencement Address

Many of us have kids going back to school or starting a new homeschooling year. I homeschooled my son from third grade through graduation, and while I miss those days (sometimes) it’s especially true at this time of the year. I see other bloggers talking about curriculum and taking those first day photos and it all comes back to me. So I thought I would spend the next month (August 31 – September 28) highlighting inspiring education.

Week 1 – Steve Jobs at Stanford

Week 2 – Rita Pierson – Every Child Needs a Champion

Week 3 – Logan LaPlante – Hackschooling

Welcome to week 4, Jim Carrey’s commencement address at Maharishi University.

I loved watching this full speech. He was funny, serious, and poignant at all the right places. I had several takeaways from this message, the most important being the lesson from  his father – if you can fail at something you don’t want, you may as well try to do something you love.

I hope you’ll watch to the end for a surprise. I’ll give a bit of a spoiler. Jim Carrey is a painter. I had no idea. While I’m not someone who really understands art, I believe he has some talent. He says in the speech that this is what he does to relax and wind down. I agree that it’s important, even for creative types, to do something else that’s different from their main creative pursuit. It helps balance us and refresh us for the next round  of creativity.

Other inspiring thoughts from this speech:

Life doesn’t happen to you. It happens for you.

I can’t be contained because I am the container.

We spent a lot of our life in flight or fight response, giving power to the stories in our head.

Fear will be a player in our life, but we get to decide how much.

We can worry about ghosts from the past or the path to the future, but the only thing this ever happening is right here, in the decisions we make in this moment that come from either love or fear.

We make a lot of our decisions in fear disguised as practicality. What we want seems so impossible, so out there. Ask. Ask for what you want.

How will you serve the world? What do they need your talent can provide?

The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart. The only thing left is what was in your heart.

A need for acceptance can make you invisible in the world. Risk being seen in all of your glory.

We are the light that shines through. The rest is smoke and mirrors.

Our soul is not contained in the limits of our body.

Fear is writing a script, the working title being, “I’ll never be enough.”

The ego tempts us with something we already possess.

Relax and dream up a good life.

Ask for what you want and work toward it, but let go of how it comes to pass.

Your job isn’t to figure out how it happens, but when the door opens, walk through it.

Make a choice to see challenges as something beneficial and deal with them in the most productive way.

Take a chance on faith.

Choose love, and don’t let fear turn you against your playful heart.

Here is the video from You Tube:

What did you think of his speech? What insights did you pick up? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.





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