We're still in the thick of graduation season, which of course means that lots of celebrities are speaking at a lot of campuses. Most are pretty good, I'm sure, but every once in awhile, there will be a great one. Shonda Rhimes' speech at Dartmouth's ceremony is that speech.
The Scandal creator (I mean, really, she doesn't even have to give epic speeches to love her -- she brought us Scandal!) addressed the graduating class at her alma mater and told them to stop dreaming. Yup, stop dreaming.
"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," she said.
"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," Rhimes continued.
"Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer. Maybe you know exactly what it is you dream of being, or maybe you're paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn't matter. You don't have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new.
"It doesn't have to fit your vision of the perfect job or the perfect life. Perfect is boring and dreams are not real. Just ... do. So you think, 'I wish I could travel.' Great. Sell your crappy car, buy a ticket to Bangkok, and go. Right now. I'm serious."
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She also talked about the importance of contributing more to the world than some hashtags on Twitter. She explained, "A hashtag is not a movement. A hashtag does not make you Dr. King. A hashtag does not change anything. It’s a hashtag. It’s you, sitting on your butt, typing into your computer and then going back to binge watching your favorite show. For me, it’s Game of Thrones."
"Volunteer some hours," she continued. "Focus on something outside yourself. Devote a slice of your energies towards making the world suck less every week. Some people suggest that doing this will increase your sense of well-being. Some say it’s just good karma. I say that it will allow you to remember that, whether you are a legacy or the first in your family to go to college, the air you are breathing right now is rare air. Appreciate it. And don’t be an asshole."
Amen to that. Watch the video below to see the whole thing, and read the full text here.
Does this speech make you want to be a doer instead of a dreamer?
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