If You work really hard and You’re kind, amazing things will happen.

This is how you do it. Thank you, Conan. And thank you Will.

As a person, and as a company, bear this is mind. It won’t be the shortest path to take, but it will be the most joyful and enriching journey, and you get to see yourself in the mirrow every morning and be proud of yourself.


Watch Conan and Will Ferrell magnificent closing of the show on Funny or Die

As for all of you startups, this is also, in my opinion, the core message of Jason Calacanis in This Week In Startups, #TWiST, the place for the best advice, insights and conversations. It’s only 2h a week, so please do yourself a favour and find the time. (Especially this week’s episode by Phil Kaplan of Blippy)

Update June 18th 2011

Conan O’Brien’s 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement Address

Conan O’Brien finished his 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement Speech with the very same quote, thereby breaking a tabu of quoting himself: “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen”, adding: “I have never believed that more”, referring to his learnings and experiences of the past 17 months after having left NBC:

Besides from frightening friends and family, it was the most satisfying and fascinating year of my professional life. I’ve never had more fun, been more challenged, and this is important, had more conviction what I was doing. There is nothing more liberating¨than having your worst dream realized.

What Nietzsche failed to stress in “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, is that it almost kills you. He should’ve said: What ever doesn’t kill you, makes you watch lot of Cartoon Network and drink mid-priced chardonnay at 11 in the morning.

On failure and disappointment:

Our failure to become our perceived ideal is what ultimately defines us and makes us unique.

Disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.

The humble, naked truth blended with classic Conan sense of humor. Just watch it.

For further inspiration on defining failure and success I recommend his 2000 Harvard Commencement Speech.

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