Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout
Who is the wisest person you have been around? Your parents, a grandparent, maybe a teacher or just a friend.
In this video, Rick Rigsby gives the commencement address to the Maritime Academy of the University of California. He shares about the wisest man he ever met…a third-grade dropout.
Take a few minutes to watch the video. At bottom of this post, you will find a list of some of the high points of his talk.
- Don’t Judge
- Knowledge plus wisdom combined make an impact.
- Leaving school doesn’t mean your education stops.
- I won’t have a problem if you aim high and miss, but I will have a problem if you aim low and hit.
- If you think you can and if you think you can’t you are right.
- Show Up Early
- Son, you would rather be an hour early than a minute late.
- Be Kind
- I know you are tough but always remember to be kind.
- Be a Servant
- Make sure your servant’s towel is bigger than your ego.
- Ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity.
- Pride is the burden of a foolish person.
- Do Something The Right Way
- Maybe one day my boys will catch me in the act of excellence.
- You are what you repeatedly do.
- If you are going to do a job do it right.
- Good enough isn’t good enough if it can be better.
- I’m not worried that you will be successful, I am worried that you won’t fail from time to time.
- It Matters How You Live
- When you hit rock bottom remember rock bottom can be a great foundation.
- It doesn’t matter to me how long I live, it matters to me how I live.