It's commencement day at the University of Houston. That means we're unleashing a whole new batch of young and energetic college graduates into "the real world". Regardless of their major, age, interests or skills acquired while in college, I encourage these new graduates to continue to focus on a bigger goal: communication.
Whatever it is that you want to do in life, it's important to know that you can't get there alone. People need people, and building a supportive constituency is critical. So please, work on your communication skills in order to spread your ideas and goals to people outside of your immediate circle. In 2008, Robert Krulwich over at WYNC's Radiolab gave what I consider to be the best advice to a graduating class at California Institute of Technology. Do yourself a favor and give his speech a listen. It's worth every minute you have.