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Things to Think About: To those of you who got straight A’s, congratulations.

Things to Think About

By Pepper de Callier

“To those of you who got straight A’s, congratulations. But know this, that’s the last time that will happen, because life isn’t like that.” Robert De Niro, 2015 Commencement Address, NYU/Tisch School of Performing Arts


Robert De Niro has always been known for his directness and being plain spoken.  I can think of no better example of that than this quote from a commencement address.  It’s almost like a tough-love wake-up call, but it’s not just for recent graduates.  I think we all can use a reminder, from time-to-time, that life is a journey which has its own very individual and special reminders that we’re still working our way through its imperfections.  If it didn’t, how would we ever be able to celebrate the wonderful little victories along the way?

Good luck on your journey!


About the Author: Founder and Executive Director of Prague Leadership Institute, which was named “Best Corporate Leadership Coach Europe—2015”, by U.K. based Corporate Vision, Pepper de Callier, is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at www.pragueleadershipinstitute.com