With graduations coming up celebrity speakers are popping up everywhere... Check out what Oprah had to say at  USC's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

 

 

 

Do you remember who spoke at your graduation? When I graduated from GCC they had Hilary Clinton speak at my graduation which was very influential. The speech is supposed to motivate the audience. Can you imagine Oprah speaking at your graduation?

Oprah gave a speech at  USC's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and as always she had the audience captivated.

Some of her highlighted quotes:

"It will take more than you alone to pull more than 40 million Americans out of poverty, but who will you be if you don't care enough to try?"

 

"And what mountains could we move, what gridlock could we eradicate if we were to join forces and work together in service of something greater than ourselves?"

 

 "The truth exonerates, and it convicts.  It disinfects, and it galvanizes.  The truth has always been and will always be our shield against corruption, our shield against greed and despair.  The truth is our saving grace. And not only are you here to tell it, to write it, to proclaim it, to speak it, but to be it.  Be the truth.  Be the truth."

Her piece of advice in general is also what resonated with me:

"Eat a good breakfast.  It really pays off.  Pay your bills on time.  Recycle.  Make your bed.  Aim high.  Say thank you to people and actually really mean it . . .

 

 

"Know that what you tweet and post and Instagram today might be asked about at a job interview tomorrow, or 20 years from tomorrow. Be nice to little kids, be nice to your elders, be nice to animals . . .

 

 

"Invest in a quality mattress.  I'm telling you, your back will thank you later.  And don’t cheap out on your shoes . . .

 

 

"Don't ever confuse what is legal with what is moral because they are entirely different animals . . . in life, you're either principled or you're not.  So do the right thing, especially when nobody's looking."

What an absolutely inspiring speech from Oprah. What is your take away from it? How will you go out and change the world today and lead a better life? It is never too late!

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