Conan O’Brien is one of the most popular talk show hosts in America. In 2011 he took the stage for a commencement speech at a prestigious university, and the result was a hilarious and inspiring ode to changing dreams, careers, and lives.
O’Brien was a comedy writer for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons before he became the host of Late Night. It was a hard upward haul from there; O’Brien wasn’t well-established as a comedian, and it took several years for people to warm to Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
However, by 2009 O’Brien had become quite popular, and that year he landed his dream job as the host of The Tonight Show. But in 2010 he was replaced reportedly due to channel politics.
But O’Brien bounced back. He tried a multitude of different ways to get his comedy across to people, and his career took off on a tangent he would have been unable to predict five years ago. And that’s exactly the point O’Brien makes.
I am here to tell you that whatever you think your dream is now, it will probably change. And that’s okay. – Conan O’Brien Quotes