You should read the whole speech if you have time. It's not that long, and it's pretty powerful. There is a section toward the end where he asks the graduates a series of questions. And if this isn't a list of questions every human being should ask themselves regularly, then I don't know what is. Here they are:
I like the last question the most.
Tomorrow, in a very real sense, your life -- the life you author from scratch on your own -- begins.
- How will you use your gifts?
- What choices will you make?
- Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?
- Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?
- Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?
- Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?
- Will you bluff it out when you're wrong, or will you apologize?
- Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?
- Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?
- When it's tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?
- Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?
- Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?
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