Robert Krulwich's Commencement Speech

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mr. Krulwich, the host of Radiolab, gave the commencement speech to Berkeley Journalism School’s Class of 2011. It's long but it hits home. Gold I tell ya. Gold. Here's an excerpt:

What you love can differ, but the love, once it comes, that feeling of waking up with a kind of eagerness, a crazy momentum that pushes you into your day, an excitement you realize you don’t ever want to go way… that’s important.

If you don’t have that feeling, maybe you’re lucky. You can lead a more sane life. But if you do – I say congratulations. You have what it takes to begin.

I've read a fair share of articles & texts about being an entrepreneur, fighting the good fight, living the dream, etc. but for whatever reason, this one made me feel particularly fuzzy. I think this part may be responsible for the fuzzies:

Instead, think about getting together with friends that you admire, or envy. Think about entrepeneuring. Think about NOT waiting for a company to call you up. Think about not giving your heart to a bunch of adults you don’t know. Think about horizontal loyalty. Think about turning to people you already know, who are your friends, or friends of their friends and making something that makes sense to you together, that is as beautiful or as true as you can make it.

Read the speech in its entirety here.
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