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Arianna Huffington, Maria Shriver, Jon Steinberg & More Media Folks Bestow Advice in Commencement Speeches

This time of year is full of such aspiration and hope, isn’t it? Thanks to college graduations there’s a little more magic and excitement in the air. And oh yeah, commencement speeches, too.

Well, as part of their influencer series, LinkedIn compiled excerpts from successful people (okay, more like moguls) this spring and we extracted relevant media professionals because every now and then it helps to get a boost of advice.

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief at The Huffington Post Media Group stated:

“Commencement speakers are traditionally expected to tell graduates how to go out there and climb the ladder of success, but I want to ask you, instead, to redefine success. Because the world you are headed into desperately needs it. And because you are up to it…what I urge you to do is not just take your place at the top of the world, but to change the world. Read more

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Need Inspiration? Here’s a Blast From the Past With Amy Poehler’s Harvard Speech

It’s that time of year again! As various commencement speeches circulate online from graduation ceremonies, one speech in particular resonates with us from two years ago.

Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler dished some advice to Harvard students:

“All I can tell you today is what I have learned. What I have discovered as a person in this world. And that is this: You can’t do it alone. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own.

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. No one is here today because they did it on their own. Okay, maybe Josh, but he’s just a straight up weirdo. You’re all here today because someone gave you strength. Helped you. Held you in the palm of their hand. God, Allah, Buddha, Gaga.”

Got Commencement Speeches? Advice They Don’t Tell You at Graduation

It’s that time of year again! Even if you graduated from college too many years ago to count, we figure it never hurts to rely upon sage commencement speeches for a job search pick me up.

This one, however, struck a chord: Not only is it different, it’s realistic! And no, it wasn’t part of a real speech though the author wishes someone would have told it like it is to the Class of 1988. The Wall Street Journal published an adapted piece by Charles Wheelan based on his book, 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said.

For instance, he implied some of your worst days are ahead of you! “Graduation is a happy day,” he wrote. “But my job is to tell you that if you are going to do anything worthwhile, you will face periods of grinding self-doubt and failure. Be prepared to work through them.”

Although it’s a grim reality, sometimes reassurance is helpful. Yes, the job search or career reinvention time is grueling and tough but the key is expecting it won’t be a walk in the park and deciding to continue walking ahead anyway.

In another point, Wheelan ascribed to the notion of not trying to be great. “Being great involves luck and other circumstances beyond your control. The less you think about being great, the more likely it is to happen,” Whelan wrote in his book which will be released on May 7.

The man has a point. Instead of focusing so much on being great and making strides, focus on the strides themselves. Enjoy the journey, not the destination and you might be very well surprised!

In another tip, he pointed out we shouldn’t take anything for granted. Although morbid, if you get hit by a bus tomorrow would you have any regrets? Better yet, he offered this advice: “And the important corollary: Does this path lead to a life I will be happy with and proud of in 10 or 20 years if I don’t get hit by a bus?” Just some food for thought.