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I’m Not Dead…Just Been Out of Town

May 11, 2010

I spent the past weekend in Northeast Indiana attending my cousin’s graduation from Trine University. The highlight of the ceremony – after seeing my cousin get his diploma, of course – was hearing Bobby Knight speak. Knight, who was awarded an honorary degree from the university, promptly removed his gown & hood before addressing the assembled crowd. He said that he wasn’t comfortable speaking in such fancy apparel and prefered to speak in a sweater and khakis, since that’s what he works in.

His speech contained a fair mix of basketball stories, mainly about Coach K and Michael Jordan, as well as practical advice for the graduates. My favorite story of all the ones that he told focused on a man and grandfather, walking to town with their donkey. Every person they passed had a different piece of advice about who should walk the donkey and who should ride on the donkey. And the boy and his grandfather listened to every single person. However, because of all the monkeying around with the donkey, the donkey ultimately died before they reached town. The moral of the story is that if you try to please everyone, you’re going to lose your ass.

And really, isn’t that a great piece of advice for new grads, or anyone for that matter?

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