Super U Podcast | Best Commencement Speech

We have a very special episode for you today! Recently, Erik gave the commencement address at his alma mater — Michigan State University where 10,500 were in attendance at the Breslin Center. So, we’ve taken the recording and repurposed it here on the Podcast! Erik offers 3 pieces of advice to the graduates… be flawsome, be courageous, and be kind.

All of us at Equalman Studios would like to offer our deepest condolences for the families of the 3 students that were lost during the mass shooting which took place on February 13th of this year at Michigan State University.

Go Green.

Watch the full Commencement Address here: PBS WKAR

5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.

Need a sneak peek? Below are the main takeaways from the episode.

Super U Podcast | Best Commencement Speech

Episode Preview: 

“How many of you by show of hands, how many of you want to be successful? How many of you want to fail? How many of you want to get your teeth kicked in? Now all your hands should still be out because anyone that’s ever succeeded at anything has failed. And what I want to give to you today is three things.

I want to tell you that it’s all about being Flawsome™. Number one, be Flawsome™. Number two, be courageous. And number three, be kind.

And when you think about number one being Flawsome™. People don’t love us, because we’re perfect, they love us because we’re perfectly flawed. And the only guarantee we have as we leave these doors tonight is that we will fail at something you will lose, you will suck. You will fall down. That’s not a question. That’s a fact. The question is how high you’re gonna bounce up when you fall. And for all of our future helicopter parents out there, when your kids fall, don’t be there to catch him. Let them fall, be there to applaud them, and say, “great job you learned how to fall.” Now let’s see if you can learn how to get back up on your feet. And we look at all these things that we have out there. It’s really that everyone has a plan until you’re punched in the face. It’s after you get punched by life, how you react to that. That’s what really matters. And as Spartans, you’re going to excel when that happens. Because I know this firsthand. I learned it firsthand right here in this building. Or actually, I learned it when I was born.

You see, I was born with two teeth missing. And I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the extra dental work. But they spaced out the teeth. And I didn’t realize many years later how that was gonna help me out in this very building. So when I grew up, like a lot of you, you have dreams. And my parents always taught me that if you can dream it, you can do it. And they’re here tonight. And they’ve been there every step of the way. So thank you to my parents and also my family to allow this moment to happen…”

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