O’Brien delivers the commencement address at the 2011 Dartmouth College graduation ceremony. The 24-minute long speech discusses his own journey after graduation, which included challenges, disappointments, failures, and major changes in his career path as a TV talk show host. The TV host is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate of the arts from Dartmouth.
There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized. Whether you fear it or not, true disappointment will come but with disappointment comes clarity, conviction and true originality.