“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll
Graduating students from all over the country are walking down the aisle to receive their diplomas and begin the next chapter of their lives.
Before they throw their caps in the air, they are offered some last words of advice.
This comes in the form of a COMMENCEMENT speech.
Some COMMENCEMENT speeches are REMARKABLE.
Steve Jobs gave a legendary talkto the 2005 graduating class of Stanford.
Others, not so much.
The 2018 speakers ranged from Oprah Winfrey telling the USC graduates to “Live your best life. Keep your word. Get your hands dirty.”to Mad Money’s Jim Cramer telling Bucknell graduates that “It’s OK to fail, but it’s not OK to quit.”
General James Mattis, the current Secretary of Defense, gave the commencement address to the 2018 graduates of the Air Force Academy.
The class got an unedited talk on the complicated world they enter as they defend our country.
General Mattis, known as the “Warrior Monk”, did what all GREAT LEADERS do.
He made his address about the cadets sitting right in front of him.
He focused his thoughts on the people he will now lead, not himself.
INSPIRE BY YOUR EXAMPLE
“Your example will be the thing that inspires others.”
Talk is cheap.
Your impact will be determined by what you do, not what you think.
Want to INSPIRE others?
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
“Learn to embrace and enjoy the beauty of the unexpected.”
Life is unpredictable.
Preparation is key.
But sometimes the best laid plans fall apart.
We have to develop the ability to think on our feet.
ATTITUDE IS YOUR ULTIMATE WEAPON
“Your primary weapon system is your attitude.”
We are responsible for the energy we bring into each room we enter.
Our ATTITUDE will determine our ALTITUDE more than anything.
THE ULTIMATE BATTLE
General Mattis ended with a challenge to the future leaders sitting in front of him.
“You ultimately only have to win one battle, it’s the battle for your peoples’ respect. Once you win that battle, your people will win all the others.”
The people you lead expect you to have their back.
Your people expect you to be there when they need you most.
There’s no other place a true LEADER would rather be.