Shonda Rhimes, critically-acclaimed TV writer (Grey's Anatomy/Scandal), gave Dartmouth College graduates their commencement speech. Her speech was full of real-world tips pulled from personal experiences.
Shonda also made it a point to stress that the graduates should stop dreaming and get to work.
This can apply to all of us!
I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, engaged, powerful people, are busy doing.
The dreamers. They stare at the sky and they make plans and they hope and they talk about it endlessly. And they start a lot of sentences with "I want to be ..." or "I wish." "I want to be a writer."
"I wish I could travel around the world." And they dream of it. The buttoned-up ones meet for cocktails and they brag about their dreams, and the hippie ones have vision boards and they meditate about their dreams.
Maybe you write in journals about your dreams or discuss it endlessly with your best friend or your girlfriend or your mother.
And it feels really good. You're talking about it, and you're planning it. Kind of. You are blue-skying your life. And that is what everyone says you should be doing. Right? I mean, that's what Oprah and Bill Gates did to get successful, right? No. Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It's hard work that makes things happen. It's hard work that creates change.
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