Charlie Day showed up on campus at Merrimack College in 1994.

Twenty years later, Day ’98, returned to deliver an inspiring commencement address to Merrimack’s Class of 2014. His life lesson: “Don’t wait for your break, make your break. Go make it happen for yourself.” Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Charlie Day:

“You cannot let a fear of failure, or a fear of comparison, or a fear of judgement stop you from doing what’s going to make you great. You cannot succeed without this risk of failure, you cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism and you cannot love without the risk of loss. You must go out and take these risk. … Do what’s uncomfortable, and scary, and hard, but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail. Let yourself fail. Fail in the way and the place where you would want to fail. Fail, pick yourself up and fail again. Because without this struggle, what is your success anyway?”

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