5 Truth Bombs From Matthew McConaughey’s Brilliant Graduation Speech

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Matthew McConaughey gave a graduation speech at the University of Houston this year, and it was legit. His insights were powerful, if a little bizarre. Here are 5 major truth bombs he dropped to inspire the new grads to grab life by the horns.

1. Life is not easy.

“Don’t try and make it that way. It’s not fair, it never was, it isn’t now, it won’t ever be. Do not fall into the entitlement trap of feeling you are a victim, you are not. Get over it and get on with it. And yes, most things are more rewarding when you break a sweat to get ’em.”

2. “Unbelievable” is the stupidest word in the dictionary.

“It may be spectacular, phenomenal, most excellent and outstanding… but unbelievable? NO. Give others and yourself more credit. It just happened, you witnessed it, you just did it, believe it.”

3. Define success for yourself.

“We all want to succeed right? Question we have to ask ourselves is, what success is to us, what success is to you. More money? OK, I got nothing against money. But maybe it’s a healthy family? A happy marriage? To help others? To be famous? To be spiritually sound? To leave the world a little bit better place than you found it?

Photo via Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

Continue to ask yourself that question. Your answer may change over time and that’s fine, but do yourself this favor: Whatever your answer is, don’t choose anything that will jeopardize your soul. Prioritize who you are, who you want to be, and don’t spend time with anything that antagonizes your character. Don’t drink the Kool Aid! It tastes sweet today but it will give you cavities tomorrow.”

4. Change your mindset from “can” to “want.”

“Just because you can?… Nah… It’s not a good enough reason to do something. Even when it means having more, be discerning — choose it because you want it, do it because you want to.

5. Give your obstacles credit.

“You know these “No Fear” t-shirts? I don’t get ’em. Hell, I try to scare myself at least once a day. I get butterflies every morning before I go to work. I was nervous before I got here to speak tonight. I think fear is a good thing. Why? Because it increases our need to overcome that fear.”

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