Commencement Speech 2015
“What does it take to become successful?”
This question is usually directed at me by younger magicians, or part-timers looking to quit their day jobs and become a full time entertainer.
The same question was also posed to me as the topic of a commencement speech I was invited to deliver at Three Rivers Middle High School in Connecticut, June 2015. Speaking to a group of graduating high school seniors and their families, I recounted a few simple stories from my life and career. I spoke about how to define success, why failure is necessary, and concluded by offering a short list of important things that I’ve learned and have worked for me.
Here are the major takeaways:
- There isn’t one rigid definition of success. You will succeed on your terms, and yours alone.
- Don’t waste energy trying to avoid failure. Failure is not the opposite of success.
- Discover your strengths and play to them.
Watch the full speech below.
As a motivational speaker for high school and college students, I believe that young people today need to be reassured that it’s okay to take risks and go for broke. They are growing up in a very bleak world, where jobs are scarce and the economy is weak. The old-fashioned “American Dream” is disappearing before their eyes.
I do everything I can to inspire students to think and dream big, set incredible goals, and create their own success. It is my deeply help belief that the key to success is making meaningful connections with other people. We live in a world that is talking more and more, but connecting less and less. That is the topic of my live interactive speech, “Connect with Anyone… As if by Magic.”
It would be an honor to share my message with your students, parents, and/or educators.