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VIDEO: Jim Carrey delivers an emotional, incisive grad speech

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Actor Jim Carrey put on an academic hat on Saturday when he was invited to speak to graduands at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Known for his comical movies, Carrey left the graduating class with a few points to ponder about life, love and taking opportunities:

“Like many of you, I was concerned about going out into the world and doing something bigger than myself, until someone smarter than myself made me realize that there is nothing bigger than myself.”

“My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. When I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

“Now fear is going to be a player in life, but you get to decide how much.You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future, but all it will ever be is what’s happening here, the decisions in that we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it.”

 

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