David McCullough Jr., an English teacher at a Wellesley High School in Massachusetts, never thought that his “You’re Not Special” speech would reach the ears of the masses other then his intended audience; Wellesley High’s 2012 graduating class. McCullough said what we were all thinking but were to scared to say; how can a nation of “chosen one’s”, “simply gifted”, or “special to the core” be truly unique?
The answer is we can’t. McCullough wasn’t telling the 2012 class that they were soon to be druggies and or dead in a couple of years, (but a few will be, statistically speaking.) He wanted them to realize that failure is an option and that you must experience failure in order to become great. You don’t become “special” until you understand the road that it takes to get that kind of recognition.
You have to work hard, get dirty, and have the possibility of getting knocked on your ass or even doing grunt work, but it is a must do if you truly want to be “THE CHOSEN ONE!”