You probably know Charlie Kelly — er, Day — as the illiterate, milk steak-loving dunce from “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” You know, the dude who penned epic jams like “The Nightman”?
Well, IRL Charlie is a lot more eloquent than Mr. Kitten Mittens — as evidenced by his commencement speech at alma mater Merrimack College this past weekend. In fact, he’s downright inspiring.
Check out the six lessons we learned from Dr. Charlie Day — he received an honorary doctorate as well — below:
1). “The higher you climb in life, the more ridiculous your hats will become. Like the one I’m wearing today, or the Pope or Pharrell.”
2). “Your degrees, the ones you toiled to get, the ones you actually took classes to earn — those degrees will also basically do nothing … You cannot exchange your degree for cash, you cannot have your degree do an audition or interview for you, you cannot eat it. Please, do not make love to it. I think you can probably smoke it, but I wouldn’t advise it. A college degree does nothing.”
3). “If I was going to run the risk of failure I wanted it to be in the place where I would be proud to fail, doing what I wanted to do.”
4). “Creating the job as opposed to waiting for it to be offered to me was the way to go. Now, I think there’s an obvious lesson here: Don’t wait for your break. Make your break. Go make it happen for yourself.”
5). “My lesson is this: I don’t give a sh–. Now listen up: You cannot let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgment stop you from doing what’s going to make you great. You cannot succeed without this risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism. And you cannot love without the risk of loss.”
6). “People will tell you to do what makes you happy, but a lot of this has been hard work. And I’m not always happy. And I don’t think you should do just what makes you happy. I think you should do what makes you great.”