5 Rules To A Happier Life – by Helen Mirren
One of my favourite actresses, the majestic and magnificent, yet down to earth Helen Mirren, addressed nearly 2,800 academic graduates at a Commencement Ceremony at Tulane University on May 20th, 2017.
As the keynote speaker, the Tony, Emmy and Academy Award winner delighted the audience by sharing her pearls of wisdom. Her speech was heart-warming, humorous and extremely inspirational and I wanted to share part of it, her 5 Rules for a Happier Life, with you.
“No matter what sex you are, or race, be a feminist. In every country and culture that I have visited, from Sweden to Uganda, from Singapore to Mali, it is clear that when women are given respect, and the ability and freedom to pursue their personal dreams and ambitions, life improves for everyone”.
“Ignore anyone who judges the way you look, especially if he or she is some anonymous creep lurking on the internet.”
“Don’t be afraid of fear. For the moments when you are challenged by fears like ‘Am I good enough?’ ‘Am I smart enough?’ ‘Will I fail?’, throw caution to the winds, look fear straightaway in its ugly face and barge forward.”
“Don’t overcomplicate things.”
“We’re counting on you. We’re counting on you to be our Generation Empathy, our Generation Cares, our Generation Game changes.” (This last one is something I shared with my children.)
If you have time please listen to Helen’s speech, one I have often played while working.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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