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Dick Costolo – Be Bold. Make Courageous Choices

June 8th, 2013 | Filed in: quotes, reflections Add comments


 I love commencement speeches. It inspires and freshens up your perspective. Thanks Ash for sharing two great ones this week – I’ll talk about the Princeton speech later one. That’s my favorite and it was coincidentally shared by someone at work too.

Do watch this inspiring and funny speech by Dick Costolo. It will be worth your 17 minutes of your time. In fact, I watched it twice and typed out the sentences that are worth remembering.

Yay nerds. :)

On doing something completely different from what you have expected –

What are you afraid of? You need to make more courageous choices… Make bigger choices. Take courageous risks..

You can’t plan a script. The beauty of improvisation is you’re experiencing it in the moment. If you try to plan what the next line is supposed to be, you’re just going to be disappointed when the other people on stage with you don’t do or say what you want them to do and you’ll stand there frozen. Be in this moment. Now be here in this moment.

Be bold. Make courageous choices for yourself. Don’t always worry on what your next line is supposed to be. What you’re supposed to do next. There is no script. Live your life. Be in this moment.

On making bold risks and Twitter –

“When I was your age, we didn’t have the Internet in our pants. We didn’t even have the Internet, not in our pants. If there is ever an example of the importance of making bold bets and focusing on what you love, is Twitter.”

Not only can you not plan the impact that you’re going to have, you often won’t recognize it while you are having it..Believe that if you make courageous choices, and bet on yourself and put yourself out there, that you will have an impact, as a result of what you do and you don’t need to know now, what that will be or how that will happen, because nobody ever does.

On the A-ha moment. Realizing the ‘impact.’ And loving what you do.

“The site is down.

Like, totally down?

Totally down.”

The impact is what others frame for you and the world, after it happens. The present is only what you’re experiencing and focusing on right now. You cannot draw that path looking forward. You cannot draw any of your paths looking forward, so you have to figure out what you love to do, what you have conviction about, and go do that.

There are no expectations. There is no script.

When you are doing what you love to do, you become resilient. Because that’s the habit you create for yourself. You create a habit, of taking chances on yourself. And making bold choices, in service, to doing what you love. If on the other hand, you do what you think is expected of you or what you’re supposed to do, and things go poorly, or chaos ensues, as it surely will, you will look to external sources on what to do next, because that will be the habit, that you create for yourself. You will be standing there, frozen, on the stage of your own life. If you’re just filling a role, you will be blind-sided.


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