Australian comedian Tim Minchin delivered this address when he received his honorary doctorate at the University of Western Australia. It’s funny, inspirational, optimistic and delivered with flair – highly recommended viewing. My favourite quote
Software salespeople need to hear from someone who has had a long, successful and happy career in software sales, not from an overly-optimistic, ex-mountaineer. Some poor guy who arrived in the morning hoping to learn about better sales technique ended up going home worried about the blood flow to his extremities. It’s not inspirational – it’s confusing.
Dr Minchin kindly posted the full transcript on his website. His nine life lessons are summarised below:
1. You don’t have to have a dream.
2. Don’t seek happiness.
3. Remember, it’s all luck.
5. Be hard on your opinions.
6. Be a teacher.
7. Define yourself by what you love.
8. Respect people with less power than you.
9. Don’t rush.