Secrets from Ben Nemtin’s Powerful Commencement Address
Ben Nemtin, the star of the MTV show The Buried Life, gave a very inspirational commencement speech to the 2018 graduates at the University of Utah. Listening to it touched me in a way where I would never forget it. His words were powerful and true to heart.
I was taught a valuable lesson, ‘Never Stop Dreaming.‘ We all have dreams and wishes that we would like to see become a reality. Our dreams are unique in their own special way to each and every one of us. Whether it is a bigger home, functioning vehicle, better health or a cleaner Earth we each have something to aim for. I know that one day I would like to have a pilot’s license and own a plane. When it happens, it will be one of the biggest accomplishments in my life. So, let’s take Nemtin’s words to heart and start to dream again by making our own bucket list.
Peter Economy, author of several titles like Managing for Dummies and Build the Right Product, summarized Nemtin’s speech as simply as possible. He has gathered and listed the 5 steps to conquering the impossible.
- Write down your dream
No longer is your dream just a thought – writing it down makes it tangible and gives it life. Nemtin emphasizes that studies show people who write down their goals are 40 percent more likely to succeed. “That’s an easy 40 percent,” he says. “Take it.”
- Talk about your dreams
Although Nemtin asks that we remember we can do anything, he does make it a point to remind us that accomplishing things all by yourself is impossible. As he says, help shows up in the most unexpected ways, and “if you don’t talk about your dreams, no one can help you.”
In a world where you fail because you give up, increase your odds of success by persisting. In fact, “success depends on consistency of effort as much as it does on the quality of work.”
- Take moonshots
If “99 percent of the world does not believe they can do great things” then 99 percent of people are shooting for mediocre goals. Not only does a big dream give you purpose and attract the right people to you, but when you shoot for unrealistic goals and for the stars, you will face less competition!
When you give, others will see you in the world helping other people, and they will want to help you as well. But beyond that, giving back will bring you a greater sense of fulfillment.
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