Being yourself

In the third of our four-part series designed to see you through this semester, Gabriella Ariffin has three videos that will convince you that being yourself is the best thing to do in a world full of expectations and demands. 


There can be a price for being different from the majority of society. Sometimes you might feel you don’t belong, and people tend to judge you harshly. But hang in there! You are unique and the world needs both your strengths and weaknesses. So if you’re feeling suffocated when trying to be yourself, draw inspiration from these videos.

Ellen DeGeneres – Tulane University Commencement Speech

Known for her playful attitude, Ellen did not disappoint the graduates of Tulane University with her funny and memorable speech. During her speech, she shared her struggles and career achievements, and along the way delivered an important message that being yourself is the most important thing to stay strong and survive.

Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, argues there is nothing wrong with having a suitcase full of books at a summer camp. The characteristics of introverts, although often misunderstood as anti-social behaviours, are as valuable as extroverts’ are. This TED talk will help you achieve the wonderful freedom of embracing your true self.

Jim Carrey – Maharishi University Commencement Speech

He has made us laugh and he has made us cry, but what we often don’t know is that Jim Carrey can be one seriously inspirational man. This 2014 graduation speech contains so much good advice from him about being yourself and pursuing your dreams despite of the fear of failure and ridicule. In equal parts serious, sad and funny, this speech is indicative of the genius behind Jim Carrey’s comedy.

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