Last weekend, Conan O’Brien delivered the Commencement Address at Ivy League Darmouth. There was nothing conventional about it. Not its tone, not its delivery and certainly not its message. I suppose that’s why I’ve been thinking about it ever since I saw it. After a major professional set back lived in public, Conan recalled how the past year was the most unscripted of his professional life and at the same, the most satisfying. And, from the Commencement address, one sentence resonated with me the most: “Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen”.
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Cut to three days ago when I attended iconic Jean Paul Gaultier’s splendid exhibit opening at the Musée Des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. It’s to celebrate the designer’s 35 years in Fashion that the City’s leading museum put together the gorgeous & well-deserved homage. Gaultier was generous with the media and charmed everyone who came across his path. He’s one of these people who you really want to see succeed. Why? Well, simply put: he’s nice. And you know why good things are happening to him? Because he’s worked hard and because he’s kind.
When you ignore conventionality and shrug-off what is stereotypically expected of you, it’s easy to get lost or to lose focus on what the big prize is. True in business and true in Love. When life monkey wrenches your plans or you seem to loose a bit of your footing, remember that if you Work hard and are kind, good things will happen (so I keep on repeating since Sunday). The red head and l’Enfant Terrible can’t be wrong, can they? God, I hope not.