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Reinventing Yourself a speech by Conan O’Brien

On my drive into work this morning, I was listening to the Kid Carson show on the Beat 94.5. I don’t normally listen to alot of radio shows in the morning; however, today’s content piqued my interest. During the show, Kid played a few clips of the commencement speech that Conan O’Brien gave at Dartmouth University. Of course Conan being a comedian had some funny jokes and anecdotes but what reach struck for me was near the end of his 23 minute speech where he talks about reinventing yourself and using the disappointing moments in life to redefine who you are and where you want to go.

Conan talked about how losing the Tonight Show was one of the most devastating periods of his life, but how it also became a catalyst for the most satisfying year of his life. His message in the end was that who you dream you will be in the next 10 years will change and to let life lead you in a direction that you never imagined.

As an ambitious and driven person, I’m always focused on next goal or the next project or the next opportunity. I remember a time in my life where I was deciding on whether or not to leave my dream job. I had wanted this job ever since I took my first marketing class in high school. Even though I excelled an won an award for achievement in my first year at the company, I found myself becoming more and more disatisfied not only with the job but the person I was becoming.

After awhile, I decided to leave the company for another opportunity that paid significantly less but would allow me to grow and nurture a project from its infancy. When I left that first dream job, I spent the next six months regretting that decision and doubting myself. For many nights, I stayed up thinking that I had made a mistake and that I had lost what I thought was exactly what I wanted.

After a few years, things came full circle and another opportunity came up that I wouldn’t have been able to take advantage of if I hadn’t left that first dream job.

The lesson here is that we have no idea who we are going to be in ten years. What I dream of today may change whether it be because of circumstance or clarity. And while we may have short term regrets, we really have no idea how the future is going to turn out.

A quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson states that “The years know what the days never knew.” Looking back at my life, I can affirm that this is indeed true and that we should open ourselves up to opportunities and dreams that we can’t even imagine at this point in our lives.

I highly recommend you take 23 minutes out of your weekend to watch this incredible speech by Conan O’Brien. It will change you. :)