Graduation Speech: Follow Your Dreams Essay

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Good evening. I would like to begin my speech with a story by Gary Barnes that contains the same message that I want to speak about tonight.
Once upon a time, there was a large mountainside, where an eagle's nest rested. The eagle's nest contained four large eagle eggs. One day an earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down the mountain to a chicken farm, located in the valley below. The chickens knew that they must protect and care for the eagle's egg, so an old hen volunteered to nurture and raise the large egg.

One day, the egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born. Sadly, however, the eagle was raised to be a chicken. The eagle loved his home and family, but his spirit cried out for more. While playing a
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That is what the eagle learned to believe. The eagle, after time, stopped dreaming and continued to live his life as a chicken. Finally, after a long life as a chicken, the eagle passed away.

The moral of the story: You become what you believe you are; so if you ever dream to become an eagle follow your dreams, not the words of a chicken.

I believe that this story holds the greatest message any person can ever receive. Undoubtedly, each one of us may reach a point in our lives where it would be easy to conform and settle into a career that isn't fulfilling, saying, "Hey, it puts food on the table." But then, my question to you is, why would you want to do that? We are a class so rich with potential and talent that we should not settle for something that falls below our abilities. I can't imagine a worse punishment than waking up every morning and going to work at a job that you can't stand or have little interest in. Luckily every person in this graduating class has the potential to be something outstanding. Don't let any person tell you that you shouldn't pursue your interests because it doesn't make enough money or you shouldn't because it's too competitive or you shouldn't because it's not sensible. If it is something that you truly want to do, no matter what, you will come out successful. For example, a local man by the name of Bill Gates followed his interests despite ridicule from his peers and after years of dedication he has
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