On failure, disappointment and creativity
June 27, 2011
Conan O’Brien gives the commencement speech at Dartmouth College (2011) and in the process talks about his experience of disappointment. In between the humourous asides (even the Secret Service guys in the background are laughing from time to time) he talks about his personal failures and encourages the graduating students to learn from the inevitable disappointing episodes that life will generate. The funny stuff goes up to about 16 minutes, the serious stuff (still funny!) starts after that.
It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can be a catalyst for profound re-invention