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a question by Jun 12, 2012
One of the big stories in the news is a commencement speech at a top university where the speaker told the students that "you are not special." How do you feel about this? Should young people be told the realities of life that each of us needs to continue to strive for excellence to succeed in life?
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answered:    June 12, 2012
Sometimes a nice big, hard, rear-back and smack of truth is what is necessary. In these United States, where emphasis is placed more on everyone "being special" or "being a winner" in school regardless of effort or outcome, there are entire generations of people out there expecting their "fair share" in the world. The world just doesn't work that way. Whether it's the state of the economy, social standards, or the plain old fact that someone is actually better than you at something or that the opposition scored more points, the harsh reality of this world is that we can never truly "settle" if we hope to get ahead in this world. Trust me, as the nerdy fat kid who was always picked last (unless the 4th graders needed some weight on their O-line), I know a little bit about not being special. However, I also know how "being special" does feel due to the fact that I excelled at a lot of subjects in school. Realizing that we will most likely fail quite a bit in this life before actually achieving anything is a necessity. The person who gave the above commencement speech should be thanked. Instead of filling kids' heads with thoughts of being a top-notch lawyer, pro athlete, or famous actor, he let them know that some of them will end up being ditch-diggers or desk jockeys.....and that they shouldn't be ashamed of that.
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