"You are not special. You are not exceptional…. Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools. That’s 37,000 valedictorians … 37,000 class presidents … 92,000 harmonizing altos … 340,000 swaggering jocks … 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs… Even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you…. You’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble wrapped … feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie…. You see, if everyone is special, then no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. … We have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement….The fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life is an achievement - to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance."
Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr
(Source: Yahoo!, via creatingaquietmind)
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