Throwback Thursday: Life Lessons from Charlie Day


Hi Y’all,

I love watching graduation speeches to get an extra dose of inspiration and motivation. Since it’s almost graduation season (one of my fav times of the year), I thought it would be awesome to look back at Charlie Day’s 2014 Commencement Address at Merrimack College. Below are my favorite life lessons from his speech:

My Favorite Lessons:

You cannot let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgment stop you from doing what is going to make you great. You cannot succeed without this risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism, and you cannot love without the risk of loss. You must go out and take these risk. (16:54)

People will tell you do what makes you happy. But a lot of this has been hard work, and I’m not always happy. And I don’t think you should do what makes you happy. I think you should do what makes you great. Do what’s uncomfortable and scary and hard, but pays off in the long run. (17:40)

Be willing to fail. Let yourself fail. Fail in the way and in the place you would want to fail. Fail, pick yourself up, and fail again, because without this struggle what is your success? (17:54)

As best we know it, we have one life. In it, you have to trust your own voice, your own ideas, your honesty, your vulnerability, and through this you will find your way. You do not have to be fearless, just don’t let fear stop you. Live like this the best you can and I guarantee you will look back on a life well lived. (18:09)

What were your favorite bits of wisdom?

Until next time,


In case you’ve missed it, check out:

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