Hail to the Graduates!
I hope you’ll excuse the one-day delay of this Monday MAGIC message — I just returned from giving a commencement address at Brown University, my grad school alma mater on the occasion of my receiving the Horace Mann Medal!
Wow. What an honor… I am still buzzing aweek after returning. My address was called ‘Think Like Galileo’ featured the Maestro’s lessons for remaining relevant for half a millennium. I spoke on the value of letting serendipity percolate into your life, having plans but avoiding the sunk-cost fallacy, and managing expectations in order to live a life without regret.
I also got to be inthe presence of greatness — great perseverance and stamina in the person of Manfred Steiner, PhD. Manfred received his PhD right in front of me on stage at age 90! I was so impressed. Check out his remarkable life and advice for graduates and anyone struggling to maintain meaning as they ‘grow’ up.
Thanks for the advice for grads — don’t forget to let me know what was the best (or worst) commencement advice you ever received?
Stay tuned for special Father’s Day episode with Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers on June 19.
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