Shape up or shut up

25 July 2008

The rule of engagement for bloggers is: add value or go home.

Often people that should have gone home blog anyway. That’s because blogging is cheap, easy and global. Read Hugh Macleod‘s thoughts here. And, of course, because the meaning of ‘adding value’ differs considerably!

Lacking inspiration, I thought I’d show you some respect and go home (nothing to do with the fact that it’s Friday afternoon and sunny in London) but at the last minute decided a little aggregation rather than originality would suffice as adding value today. And since Snagsta is all about gathering cool things here’s a list of inspiring and amusing speeches I’ve collected.

  1. JK Rowling – Harvard Commencement Speech 2008

    Wow!

  2. Kurt Vonnegut – ‘alleged’ Commencement Address at MIT
    Tips for life – uplifting stuff. (Actually written by Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune)
  3. Steve Jobs – Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
    Truly inspiring.
  4. Will Ferrell – Harvard Commencement Speech 2003
    At his usual best.
  5. Conan O’Brien – Harvard Commencement Speech 2000
    Funny but with a message about the value of failure.
  6. Larry Ellison (CEO of Oracle) – ‘alleged’ Yale Address
    It wasn’t Larry but it was funny.
  7. John Cleese – Eulogy for Chapman
    Classic Cleese. (this is the version that includes ‘Always look on the bright side of life’)

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