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Hey you, how is your week going? Good to be back at University, or excited to start soon?

I want to share this video with you. It is a recap of a speech from Matthew McConaughey to a selection of Grads in the states. Now, this is a 4-minute long video and I know your time is precious. Therefore, I decided to share the transcript with you as well.  You see, I listen a lot to these motivational rants and have been doing that for a long time now. Sometimes I use it as a form of energy drink, just to give me that extra push in the day. However, sometimes I find/hear/see or observe something so powerful, so relatable and/or, so eyeopening that it totally changes my perception of…ehm… yeah life.

This little part of this speech is one of those moments.

Have a read.


“I just want to be happy.” I hear that all the time. But what IS happiness? Happiness is an emotional response to an outcome — If I win I will be happy if I don’t I won’t. An if-then, cause and effect, quid pro quo standard that we cannot sustain because we immediately raise it every time we attain it. You see, happiness demands a certain outcome, it results reliant.

If happiness is what you’re after, then you are going to be let down frequently and be unhappy much of your time. Joy, though, is something else. It’s not a choice, not a response to some result, it is a constant. Joy is “the feeling we have from doing what we are fashioned to do,” no matter the outcome.

Personally, as an actor, I started enjoying my work and literally being happier when I stopped trying to make the daily labour a means to a certain end — I need this film to be a box office success, I need my performance to be acknowledged, I need the respect of my peers.

All reasonable aspirations but the truth is, as soon as the WORK, the MAKING of the movie, the DOING of the deed became the reward in itself — I got more box-office, more accolades and respect than I’d ever had before. See, JOY is always in process, under construction — it’s in the constant approach, alive and well —in the DOING of what we are fashioned to do… and enJOYing doing it. – Matthew McConaughey

Now, do you want to chase happiness or joy in your life?

// Be Unique, Be You
Daniel Najafi

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