June 17, 2014

Weekly Mantra - Shonda Rhimes

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I love commencement speeches.

Maybe it's because I will never be 18 again, sitting in an auditorium, looking up to someone who can give me a glimpse into the future.

Commencement speeches do apply to new grads, but when I read them, I once again feel like I have the power to change any direction of my life. The lessons are timeless, and apply to everyone.

My favourite from this year was from TV writer, screenwriter and producer extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes is the brains behind hits like Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, and she owns her own production company. She recently spoke at Dartmouth for their commencement ceremony.

Below is a snippet that I adored. The whole speech is amazing. I encourage you to read it here. Enjoy! x

"Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral. Pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.

Lesson One: Ditch the Dream. Be a Do-er, Not a Dreamer.

Maybe you know exactly what you dream of being. Or maybe you’re paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new. It doesn’t have to fit your vision of the perfect job or the perfect life. Perfect is boring and dreams are not real. Just…DO. You think “I wish I could travel” — you sell your crappy car and buy a ticket and go to Bangkok right now. I’m serious. You say “I want to be a writer” — guess what? A writer is someone who writes every day. Start writing. Or: You don’t have a job? Get one. ANY JOB. Don’t sit at home waiting for the magical dream opportunity. Who are you? Prince William? No. Get a job. Work. Do until you can do something else." via Medium


  1. Love this! Such a great speech!

  2. Love it. This is so true. Maybe I should share with some people I know.

    Zia G