Way More than Luck: Commencement Speeches on Living with Bravery, Empathy, and Other Existential Skills
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Way More than Luck: Commencement Speeches on Living with Bravery, Empathy, and Other Existential Skills

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The commencement speech is the most popular public address of our time, shared every spring and remembered for years. Here, in an anthology of some of the finest of the genre, brilliant creative minds in every sector offer their wisdom: David Foster Wallace on living a compassionate life, Debbie Millman on the importance of taking risks, Michael Lewis on the responsibility that good fortune merits—and so many other greats. Some of this advice is grand (believe in the impossible), and some of it is granular enough to check off a life list (donate five percent of your money or your time). All of it is universally uplifting. Handsomely packaged with a cloth spine and energetic typography throughout, this book is a smart, special gift for graduates and anyone embarking on a new adventure.

Title:Way More than Luck: Commencement Speeches on Living with Bravery, Empathy, and Other Existential Skills
ISBN:1452135193
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:192 pages

    Way More than Luck: Commencement Speeches on Living with Bravery, Empathy, and Other Existential Skills Reviews

  • David Yoon
    Apr 13, 2015

    Maria Popova from the blog Brain Pickings calls it the reinvention of the secular sermon. The title is taken from the final exhortation of David Foster Wallace’s speech to Kenyon College, included w...

  • L
    Jun 27, 2015

    While beautifully produced with colorful pages highlighting important quotes, all the commencement speeches are available online. Though it does make a thoughtful gift. Some of the highlights: Michael...

  • Andy
    Jan 05, 2016

    This is a beautifully designed little book, so it looked like a good gift for young people but it is an unfortunately uneven collection. I liked Bradley Whitford, Michael Uslan, Michael Lewis, and Bar...

  • Kritin
    Aug 22, 2015

    Some good commencement speeches, some not-so-good. Nevertheless, absolutely loved Michael Lewis' commencement speech, especially the following lines:"Don't be deceived by life's outcomes. Life's outco...

  • Shilpa
    Sep 02, 2015

    It's also a reminder that you need Way More Than Luck to succeed. You need talent and a perseverance to go the course. Which is why this book piqued my interest. I've always wanted to learn how to wri...

  • Victor
    Aug 04, 2015

    Some graduation speeches are good and some are bad and it's the same with this book. The good ones talk about being deliberate and making decisions intentionally while the bad ones are very forgettabl...

  • Mike
    Apr 11, 2015

    A few really solid speeches, buried in between some less interesting or inspiring ones....

  • Burky Ford
    Mar 29, 2015

    Not much new....

  • Rodrigo
    Jun 11, 2015

    Os discursos costumam se repetir e, ironicamente, há um padrão na tentativa da não repetição. Mas o saldo é positivo. Um pouco de motivação não faz mal a ninguém. ...

  • Terri Catlin
    Jun 20, 2015

    The first essay and the last were the best. The ones in between varied in quality, and really weren't as inspiring as I'd hoped....

About Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman is an American writer, educator, artist, and designer who is perhaps best known as the host of the Design Observer podcast 'Design Matters'. She is 'President of Design' at Sterling Brands, based in New York City, working with brands such as Pepsi, Gillette, Colgate, Kimberly-Clark, Nestlé, and Campbells. She chairs the 'Masters in Branding' program at the School of Visual Arts, is