Before going to the office today, I watched John Green’s commencement speech, 2013 at Butler University. John Green started his journey as a YouTuber in 2007. He is the author of best-selling novels, “Paper Towns“ and “The Fault in our Stars“(also featured in Hollywood movies). He was also included in Time magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2014.
I am his big fan.
We look at life as a journey from weakness to strength, meaning the hero starts with nothing and ends up with everything.
All our heroes have this characteristic in common, from Harry Potter to Steve Jobs. They all have started as a nobody and ended up as a somebody.
In his speech, he shared a different side of the story. He said, that the true hero’s journey is from strength to weakness.
In college life, we used to be somebody, people knew our names, we were famous. The moment we entered into the adulthood, some call it the real life, we became nobody. In real life nobody knows our name, we are not famous.
The journey from being a somebody from college to a nobody in real life, that’s the true hero’s journey.
“For learning how to be a nobody, you will learn how not to be a jerk, and for the rest of your life if you are able to remember your hero’s journey from college grad to underling, you will be less of a jerk, you will tip well, you will empathize, you will be a mentor and a generous one”, he shared.
He reminded the graduates, of all the support they have got from their parents, mentors, and professors and how their sacrifices made it all possible for them to graduate.
I listened to his speech for a couple of times and every time I remember those people who helped me in my journey, the heart is filled with gratitude. How often we have forgotten the true heroes of life, people who actually helped us reach where ever we are in our life. They made sacrifices so often and still we don’t remember them.
He gave an amazing speech, I felt nostalgic, motivated and at peace, all at the same time while listening to it. It looks like I am exaggerating the speech but believe me, I am not.
I encourage you to watch his commencement speech and share your learning too.