A couple years ago Conan O’Brien was fired by NBC after 7 months of hosting the Tonight Show. The way they treated him was unfortunate and arguably unfair. Conan, of course, was hurt, devastated, mad, upset, the list can go on. In an age where Kanye West can cast insults upon insults after being insulted, where Miley Cyrus acts anyway she wants and struts around stating that she could care less what people think, Conan O’Brien modeled remarkable wisdom, if not counter-intuitive integrity.
When it came time to say his farewell, he stepped to the microphone and gave one of the most remarkable speeches in pop-culture history.
Little buddy I want you to watch this video of his speech. The video uses some typography that came from a project out of Oklahoma State University. Please listen carefully, take notes, and remember that your actions will define how others see you. Everyday I pray that God will guide you in your thoughts and actions, that He will bring people into your life that will set the example for you to follow so that you will grow into the man I know you will be. A man of integrity, compassion, love, devotion, faith, a man of action and not a spectator on the sidelines of life.
Many will tell you that one man cannot change the world. I tell you one man can. If each one of us wakes every morning and looks into the mirror and tells that person looking back that you can be the difference, that it all starts with you, that you can be the example, that you are the driving force that will make this world a better place. The world will change, and it starts with you.
“Integrity is not what you do when someone is watching, it’s what you do when no one is watching. And God is always watching!”
I love you little man, to the moon and back, Puppa.