24 May Future Entrepreneurs: Lead the Pack
This week we’ll invoke inspo from graduation season and community messages.
I’m proud to showcase some a recent commencement addresses that starts with gratitude and ends with ways to lead our pack via soccer star Abby Wambach:
When I was entrusted with the honor of speaking here at Barnard today, I decided that the most important thing for me to say to you, is this…we are the wolves.
The wolves — who were feared as a threat to the system — turned out to be its salvation. Barnard Women, are y’all picking up what I’m laying down here? Women are feared as a threat to our system — and we will also be our salvation.
Our landscape is overrun with archaic ways of thinking about women, about people of color, about the “other,” about the rich and the poor, about the powerful and the powerless. And these ways of thinking are destroying us. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We will not Little Red Riding hood our way through life. We will unite our pack, storm the valley together and change the whole bloody system.
Read on: https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/abby-wombach-to-barnards-class-of-2018-demand-the-ball
Fortunately, I’ve had a lot of Bono and U2 in my life over the last week as the #U2eitour and #ONEonTour roared through LA and Chicago. We’ll take a look at Bono’s remarkable message:
My name is Bono and I am a rock star…
I studied rock and roll and I grew up in Dublin in the ’70s, music was an alarm bell for me, it woke me up to the world. I was 17 when I first saw The Clash, and it just sounded like revolution. The Clash were like, “This is a public service announcement with guitars.” I was the kid in the crowd who took it at face value. Later I learned that a lot of the rebels were in it for the T-shirt. They’d wear the boots but they wouldn’t march. They’d smash bottles on their heads but they wouldn’t go to something more painful like a town hall meeting. By the way I felt like that myself until recently.
I didn’t expect change to come so slow, so agonizingly slow. I didn’t realize that the biggest obstacle to political and social progress wasn’t the Free Masons…or the boot heal of whatever you consider a the Mana to be, it was something much more subtle…
So for better or worse that was my education. I came away with a clear sense of the difference music could make in my own life, in other peoples’ lives if I did my job right.
I hope you’ll pick a fight and get in it. Get your boots dirty, get rough, steal your courage with a final drink there at Smoky Joe’s, one last primal scream and go. Sing the melody line you hear in your own head, remember, you don’t owe anybody any explanations. You don’t owe your parents any explanations; you don’t owe your professors any explanations. You know I used to think the future was solid or fixed, or something you inherited like an old building that you move into when the previous generation moves out or gets chased out but it’s not. The future is not fixed; it’s fluid. You can build your own building, or hut or condo, whatever; this is the metaphor part of the speech by the way. But my point is that the world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
Now if I were a folksinger I’d immediately launch into “If I Had a Hammer” right now get you all singing and swaying. But as I say I come from punk rock, so I’d rather have the bloody hammer right here in my fist.
That’s what this degree of yours is, a blunt instrument. So go forth and build something with it. Well, this is the time for bold measures and this is the country and you are the generation. See the entire speech: http://gradspeeches.com/2004/university-of-pennsylvania/bono
Get your own inspiration and message together for confident communication:
Our wish is to put these messages in action. We hope to have a follow offer for the Wishwall community with Bono, U2 and the ONE Campaign. We’ll keep you posted. Well, U2 has played 5 of our requests from the #Davantithriller contest we did with The Wishwall [http://thewishwall.org/desideri/dreaming-out-loud-with-u2-friends-u2360gradi-it ]!!
Keep dreaming out loud with us! 🙂
Thank you for reading and we welcome your comments below.
Akasha Garnier for The Wishwall
Author, Brand Expert, Filmmaker
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