Monday, November 16, 2009

Career advice for languishers

Here's a transcript of Owen Wilson's career talk in You, Me and Dupree which you can also watch here:

Hey, how are you? First of all, thank you for giving me the opportunity to come talk to you all on career day. Now, I’m not Mr. Carl Peterson and I don’t have a career per se. I guess you could say my career is living and loving and I do that to the utmost. I see all you fresh faced “kidlets” sitting there in your neat little rows and you’re all just pods. Pods waiting for your instructions. Now some of you are gonna get zapped right away and be 15 year old prodigies, little midget Olympic gymnasts with their pictures on cereal boxes. Some of you will go on to college and you will find your rhythm there and then go chase down the titans of industry or maybe straighten out our problems at the UN. But some of you…and this is the group that no-one ever comes into career day and addresses, and it’s criminal...not to…some of you, are just going to float along. Eating spicy foods, humming black people’s music into your thirties—well into your thirties…languishing. This group of pods is going to do a lot of languishing and you’re going to take some heat for it…sadly, you will. Europe is a little easier, it seemed to understand a little better, so did South America. I went to Argentina one time and everyone just seemed to be sitting around and it was beautiful. But that’s ok! Stay loose, stay liquid, laugh a lot–but be ready! That’s what Dupree is doing in his life’s little pod–staying nimble, until I get the call from the mothership. Then I bite. Then you’ll see Dupree coming in here throwing seven different kinds of smoke. Boom, bam!...[Pause]...That’s fine, pods that were supposed to hear this, did, and it will kick in when it needs too. I’m done here.

If you like this, you might also like the song by Baz Luhrmann entitled
Everybody's free (to wear sunscreen) which is based on an article written by Mary Schmich for the Chicago Tribune.

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