10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said

  • Title: 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said
  • Author: Charles Wheelan
  • ISBN: 9780393074314
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said The antidote to those cotton candy platitudes that are all too familiar to anyone who s ever worn a mortarboard Wheelan s head turning aphorisms backed up by a PhD in public policy and extensive s
    The antidote to those cotton candy platitudes that are all too familiar to anyone who s ever worn a mortarboard, Wheelan s 10 head turning aphorisms backed up by a PhD in public policy and extensive social science research set the record straight Readers everywhere agreed, turning a Dartmouth Class Day speech that had gone viral into a best selling book.Whether praising tThe antidote to those cotton candy platitudes that are all too familiar to anyone who s ever worn a mortarboard, Wheelan s 10 head turning aphorisms backed up by a PhD in public policy and extensive social science research set the record straight Readers everywhere agreed, turning a Dartmouth Class Day speech that had gone viral into a best selling book.Whether praising the time wasted in fraternity basements mentioning that, frankly, the worst days of your life still lie ahead or simply asking that graduates avoid wreaking the kind of havoc that others before them have, Wheelan softens his candid conclusions with good natured charm and tales of unconventional success With cartoons sprinkled throughout to keep things light, this volume makes a perfect gift for graduates of all ages.

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    About Charles Wheelan


    1. Charles Wheelan is a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College He joined the Dartmouth faculty fulltime in June of 2012.Wheelan s most recent book, Naked Statistics Stripping the Dread from the Data, was released by W.W Norton in January of 2013 Three weeks later, it reached the New York Times bestseller list for hardback nonfiction The San Francisco Chronicle called it a brilliant, funny new book The New York Times described Wheelan as the Dave Barry of the coin flipping set From 2004 to 2012, Wheelan was a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago He taught several courses on understanding the policy process for Master s students For the 2004 05 academic year, he was voted Professor of the Year in a Non Core Course by the Harris School student body.In the fall of 2005, Wheelan created and taught the inaugural International Policy Practicum IPP , in which 12 students studied economic reform in India for an academic term followed by a 10 day trip to Bangalore and Delhi to meet with economists, politicians, educators, civic leaders, and other experts Subsequent IPPs have visited Brazil Jordan and Israel Turkey Cambodia and Rwanda and Madagascar.In March of 2009, Wheelan ran unsuccessfully for Congress as the representative from the Illinois 5th District in the special election to replace Rahm Emanuel In its editorial assessing the race, the Chicago Sun Times wrote, Voters will find a ballot filled with impressive and thoughtful candidates especially Charlie Wheelan, a University of Chicago lecturer who combines a razor sharp mind with a boatload of charm and an impressive expertise in economics and foreign policy We expect great things from Wheelan in the future Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, Wheelan was Director of Policy and Communications for Chicago Metropolis 2020, a business backed civic group promoting healthy regional growth in the Chicago area.From 1997 to 2002, Wheelan was the Midwest correspondent for The Economist His story on America s burgeoning ex convict population was the August 10, 2002, cover story He has written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other publications.Wheelan s first book, Naked Economics Undressing the Dismal Science, was published by W.W Norton Company in 2002 The book, an accessible and entertaining introduction to economics for lay readers, was released in paperback in September 2003 and is now published in 13 languages, including Arabic and Hebrew The Chicago Tribune described Naked Economics as clear, concise, informative and gasp witty In 2007, Naked Economics was selected by 360 Degrees of Reading as one of the 360 books that every college bound student should read, alongside authors ranging from Sophocles to Malcolm X Naked Economics was also selected as one The 100 Best Business Books of All Time by 800 CEO READ.Wheelan is also the author of 10 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said and An Introduction to Public Policy, a comprehensive textbook on public policy published by W.W Norton in November of 2010.Wheelan holds a Ph.D in public policy from the University of Chicago, a Master s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a B.A from Dartmouth College He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.


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    1. Sure, you can read Charles Wheelan’s speech reprinted on the Wall Street Journal or even look up the complete speech on Dartmouth College’s site, but I still think his book, “10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said” is worth reading.Initially, his second point was what stuck out the most for me: “Some of your worst days lie ahead.”He writes: “I am here to tell you that between today and twenty years from now, and even then at some points, there are going to be some stre [...]

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    2. Author cites Harvard longitudinal study which concluded that the only thing that really matters in your life is relationships with other people. Spends most of his chapters solving for that. Favorite chapter - Don't Make the World Worse. Discussed a picture of 7 tobacco execs testifying in 1994 before congress that tobacco not addictive. 3 Harvard grads among the 7. Others worth noting:Help stop the little league arms raceMarry someone smarterTake time offDon't be a circus animalIt's all borrowe [...]

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    3. This is a timely read for any recent grad, or those who know a recent grad. I encourage anyone who’s facing this scary and ambiguous time in their life to give this a go—it’s a really quick; you can finish it in one sitting. The first time I picked up Wheelan’s book was a few short years after my own graduation ceremony. I was an English major with vague notions of what I wanted to do. I just knew that I loved books and that I loved writing. Eight years later, I’m at the cusp of my thi [...]

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    4. I'm quite sure that few of us remember any of the speeches from the commencements we've attended, regardless of whether you were the graduate, family or friends. It's difficult to come up with a new spin on the typical aphorisms and platitudes - you know, "go forth and conquer the world", "follow your dreams," "live long and prosper", etc.When I first spotted the title of this book, I expected it to be a humorous, sarcastic take on the typical graduation advice. When I browsed the first chapter, [...]

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    5. Charles Wheelan, author of the wonderful "Naked" book series (Naked Economics, Naked Statistics, and Naked Money which had a front and back cover design my son *loved*), has expanded a commencement speech he gave where he came up with things to tell youth graduating from college that he figured nobody would ever say at commencement. It's witty, engaging, down-to-earth, and good advice. It's 120 small pages with spaces between lines. Give it a shot!Seriously. With gems like "Your time in fraterni [...]

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    6. The author's witty style shines again in this little book packed with candid, practical advice. Adapted from the author's 2011 commencement speech at Dartmouth College, it's a quick read that can be finished in one setting. I especially liked his advice and personal story on deliberately taking an extended period of time out for resting, journeying, and coming back with a different perspective. While so many of us are accustomed to rushing from one place to another, one goal to another, it's eve [...]

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    7. I didn't find the suggestions presented in this pre-commencement speech during Class Day the day before graduation as powerful as other published commencement speeches I've read. But there were some good ideas included such as while it's nice to strive to make the world a better place, at least "Don't make the world worse."

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    8. Don't try to be great, just be solid resonates with me fortuitously. My favorite line paraphrased is savor the journey, yet I often find myself thinking like his Mom, "But then you'll be a year behind." Hoping to incorporate some of his resolutions to choose the bigger life.

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    9. Better than I thought, but a little elitist.

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    10. Hardcover.Witty. Some stick, others do not depending on where you come from. Like most motivational material, stick to what doesn't sound corny to you.

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    11. This was a good book by a guy who gave a speech at Dartmouth’s class day (the day before commencement) and the book is based upon that original speech. Overall it was interesting as he gives you life lessons that he wished other commencement speakers would have given him. A couple of things that really impacted me was that, “Your parents don’t always know whats best for you”. He explained how the three most important things that defined his life was deciding to take a year off after grad [...]

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    12. Didn’t need to be a book, waste of time. I like his economics books, but should’ve stuck with those.

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    13. Although this book is especially resonating with me right now in my recent post-grad life, I highly recommend that everyone, regardless of your current situation, read this book. It's a short, quick read based off a speech that Charles Wheelan gave at Dartmouth in 2011. It's exactly what the title indicates - unconventional advice that you probably won't hear at a typical commencement ceremony. I think it's a good read to ground anyone in their current walk of life.My favorite chapter was 'Help [...]

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    14. Charles Wheelan's 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said is a cute book where Wheelan gives short practical advice to college students about what they should do post-graduation. I don't want to spoil too much of the phone, but some of the pieces of advice include: don't make the world worse with the type of work you'll be doing, marry someone smarter than you, and read obituaries to get what people consider a more 'objective' measure of a person's life. I wish someone would have giv [...]

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    15. This book was very motivational, but very realistic. It put into words a lot of things that I felt like I learned in the two years since I started working--I wish I had read it before I graduated, not after! His language is very easy to understand--down-to-earth and matter-of-fact (if those two things are different). I think I agree that he was the right choice to make that commencement speech! I would recommend this book to everybody, if only to admire the way Wheelan accomplishes something dif [...]

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    16. I'm not sure how I would have reacted to Wheelan's platitudes back in 1988, but I have to agree with most of his warnings and suggestions 26 years later, particularly about taking time off to reflect (I took six months off and hiked the AT). Considering on this day (or this week) I have reached a major crossroad in my career, this book was well received (or should I say, well-purchased at a small bookstore in Newburyport on a pleasant personal day from work). It is one of those small instruction [...]

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    17. This is a good book on what commencement speakers could say. The most intriguing to me was 'don't be great' be 'solid'. This as noted in the book will help you to be great. Solid performances lend themselves to improvement. You can analyze a solid performance and examine what was done well and what you could do better next time. This can happen for any kind of work that you do. Also important as noted in the book was to take time and enjoy life. This is one I really need to work on. I love my wo [...]

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    18. Read this on a round-trip metro ride today and thought there were some lovely pieces of advice for people about to graduate (it skews more toward college, but these are things graduating high schoolers should think about to). Stressed are the importance of happiness, of making real connections with people, and of taking opportunities (or creating them) to have new experiences (even if it means accumulating less wealth). Quite enjoyed this!

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    19. Some takeaways: TRAVEL! Find a job that doesn't involved a long commute (it'll make you happier in the long run); a good marriage is the equivalent of an extra $100,000 a year; parents don't want what's best for you, they want what's good for you. "I do have advice, which is to take joy in the journey, rather than building your life around how good you expect the view to be when you get to the top."

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    20. We sell this book at work. I was originally uninterested, but one very slow day I decided to peruse it. I loved it! Its short but so chock-o-clock full of little gems that I wish I had been told so I didn't have to learn them the hard way. After reaching page 3, I knew without a doubt that I was going to have to buy it and keep it forever.

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    21. Quick and easy read by an interesting author that does some other good books. The book is based off of a commencement speech the author made. It was filled with unconventional advice for young adults that are about to head off into the real world. Filled with some interesting advice, but I suspect that a lot of this has been said by others.

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    22. I was looking for his book on statistics and ended up finding this little gem instead. Not quite a commencement speech but based off a Dartmouth class day that the author spoke at. I may no longer be a new graduate but sometimes you need someone to plant the seeds of inspiration in a life that has reached a crossroad.

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    23. A very well written concise book that everyone, not just graduates must read. Slightly in the humorous vein, but totally sincere, Wheelan spells out things that we as adults have learned from hard knocks of life and what recent graduates may not be aware of. Genuine advice, easy book to read, a good book to own.

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    24. I loved this. It would make a great gift for anybody starting a new phase of life. It's funny, pithy, and rings so true. I especially liked the chapters called "Help stop the Little League Arms Race" and "Your Parents don't want what's best for you." His ending advice was perfect, "Don't try to be great. Be solid."

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    25. This book, by its nature, is targeting graduates of four-year universities who, in the tradition of the middle-upper-class, have the luxury of having and making choices. And these are exactly the sorts of things that students graduating from those institutions need to hear. Give this out with David Foster Wallace's "This Is Water" and your graduate will be well on the way to reality!

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    26. Wish this had been my high school commencement speech. Hope when I graduate college, someone will be brave enough to speak plain and sober on the commencement platform. Not a cheery and happy go lucky book, but the message is very meaningful. Like a good storyteller, wheelan illustrates his points with ample examples from his personal and professional life.

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    27. VERY quick read, finished within an hour. Totally wished I'd read this book a semester or two before I graduated. Author definitely speaks some truth! All undergrads should read this prior to graduation.

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    28. Wheelan's book deserves to be read, both by those who are starting their careers and those who are still on the journey. It can be read in one sitting and is filled with thoughtful, real world advice.

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    29. Discurso de graduación poco convencional de quien fuera uno de mis profesores de maestría. El discurso original se hizo viral y decidió publicarlo en formato libro (con un par de adiciones).Fue un regalo de graduación. Corto, entretenido, fácil de leer, pero nada nuevo bajo el sol.

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    30. Some may dismiss this as just another advice-to-grads books, but the advice given is truly some that should be taken. And it's given in such a concise way as to be memorable and applicable. My take-away quote: "Have I created a race out of something that ought to be a journey?"

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