If you haven’t seen the video clip of the Georgia Tech Freshman convocation speaker that’s making the rounds, I highly suggest watching it. It’s priceless.
Here’s a taste:
“In the words of Sir Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Georgia Tech is proud of its many traditions, but the one I find most exciting is our tradition of excellence. Our mission as students is not to follow in the footsteps of the astronauts, Nobel Prize laureates and president of graduated before us, but to exceed their footsteps. Crush the shoulders of the giants upon whom we stand. We here are all such innovative people.
So I am telling you: If you want to change the world, you’re at Georgia Tech — you can do that. If you want to build the Iron Man suit, you’re at Georgia Tech — you can do that! If you want to play theme music during convocation speech like a badass, we’re at Georgia Tech — we can do that. I AM DOING THAT!”
I’d love to meet this guy, buy him a drink and shake his hand. No matter what you think of the speech, it’s stuff like this that makes me get up every day and say to myself: “Life is awesome.”