Georgia Tech Iron Man Suit Speech

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.”


  1. I think this dude has a future in either the used-car sales line or a motivational speaker if he can only move from the van down by the river 🙂

    1. He’s definitely got the mad genius engineer vibe going, but I like it. There are people in that crowd that will never forget that speech as long as they live, which I think is rather awesome.

  2. I like the guy. He’s manically possessed and that’s what you need to get in front of the pack these days.

    Far better than the grad speech we got from an executive woman from Nickelodeon who regaled us with singsongs and a puppet show.

    1. Haha. I do appreciate the heads up, lizard19. You came just a tad behind a friend who emailed me about the move. Yes, I think I will have to blog on this as soon as I get through the work week. Very interesting…

  3. I knew the dude had the makings of a classic used-car salesman huckster:

    “…While Georgia Tech’s recent convocation speech video continues to go viral, archetype copy of epic-labeled piece had surfaced out of the blue, only to degrade its novelty as well as sophomore student Nicholas Selby’s overnight reputation.

    Nicholas “Nick” Selby, a sophomore at Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in mechanical engineering, wowed everyone during the school’s convocation program; his welcome speech video not only gained million hits but also generated numerous comments and remarks through social media.

    However, the uniqueness of the well-received piece turned out to be a complete hoax, as a 2008 video of Arizona State University debate champ Andy Stone’s speech proved to be the original version, with almost 90% of its content copied by Selby, a Gawker post stated….”

    1. Very interesting. I’d like to see the delivery of the original version. If he didn’t contact the original writer that’s not cool (to put it mildly), but his delivery was epic.

    2. He apparently stole it from his debate coach. Nothing wrong with appropriating humorous material though -0- It’s a tradition with comedians everywhere, and the guy did make me smile.

  4. “All the world’s a stage” — Will Shakespeare
    “There’s a stage leaving in five minutes. Be under it.” — John Wayne

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