|Are you with Coco? If not...you should be. Check your head!|
|Conan O'Brien. Hilarious.|
Conan easily could have given up when we lost his spot as host of "The Tonight Show". It was something that he had worked for his whole life. Something that he dreamed of reaching. Then he reached it! But it was taken away. Let me ask this question: How many of us have experienced something similar to Conan? Granted, we probably haven't experienced anything with this much publicity or at this type of scale. But I truly believe that we all can relate to him to some degree. What are we to do? In a speech given to the 2011 graduating class of Dartmouth, Conan spoke of his time after he left "The Tonight Show". He says some deep, inspirational, motivating, and enlightening things. He said:
"But then something spectacular happened. Fogbound, with no compass, and adrift, I started trying things. I grew a strange, cinnamon beard. I dove into the world of social media. I started tweeting my comedy. I threw together a national tour. I played the guitar. I did stand-up, wore a skin-tight blue leather suit, recorded an album, made a documentary, and frightened my friends and family. Ultimately, I abandoned all preconceived perceptions of my career path and stature and took a job on basic cable with a network most famous for showing reruns, along with sitcoms created by a tall, black man who dresses like an old, black woman. I did a lot of silly, unconventional, spontaneous and seemingly irrational things and guess what: with the exception of the blue leather suit, it was the most satisfying and fascinating year of my professional life. To this day I still don't understand exactly what happened, but I have never had more fun, been more challenged—and this is important—had more conviction about what I was doing."
"How could this be true? Well, it's simple: There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized. I went to college with many people who prided themselves on knowing exactly who they were and exactly where they were going. At Harvard, five different guys in my class told me that they would one day be President of the United States. Four of them were later killed in motel shoot-outs. The other one briefly hosted Blues Clues, before dying senselessly in yet another motel shoot-out. Your path at 22 will not necessarily be your path at 32 or 42. One's dream is constantly evolving, rising and falling, changing course. This happens in every job, but because I have worked in comedy for twenty-five years, I can probably speak best about my own profession."
|Our Savior and friend.|