Josh Irby

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Monday Motivation: David Foster Wallace

There is more than one kind of motivation.  One type tries to encourage you by pretending everything is better than it really is. The other (in my opinion, better) type is honest about reality, but hopeful in the face of challenges.

In 2005, writer David Foster Wallace addressed the graduating class of Kenyon College in what was, perhaps, the most honest commencement speech of the modern era. To some, his honesty may come across as de-motivation. But his call to awareness is powerful.

This week, as you shuffle between meetings, sit in rush hour traffic, and type countless emails, remember to keep your eyes open. With the right perspective, meaning can flood even the most mundane reality.

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