Amy Poehler and Delegation

Amy Poehler and Delegation

I have ended up with a lot of responsibility lately. A lot of it is ‘delegated.’ This is not laziness. It is called utilising strengths in numbers. I help where I can. Anything creative is fine. There are other things I will never try. Like serious math. 

I was looking for inspiration from someone who is not a genius, someone who is aware of her own limitations.  Then I stumbled upon the Harvard University2011 Class Day Speech by Amy Poehler. 

Amy focuses on what she can do. She talks. Talking changes lives by motivating, informing, inspiring, persuading…  

Whether it is courage or cognition, we all need help from others. This is a lesson Amy Poehler understands well. Sometimes doing less is more important than doing more.

Amy Poehler says,

“The answer to a lot of your life’s questions is often in someone else’s face… You never know what is a around the corner unless you peek. Hold someone’s hand while you do it. You will feel less scared. You can’t do this alone.”

“Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible.”

“Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your always and your never-s. Continue to share your heart with people even after its been broken. Don’t treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used.”

“You are still able to say I don’t know. Just because you are in high demand, you are still allowed to say, ‘let me get back to you.” 

“When you feel scared, hold someone’s hand and look into their eyes. And when you feel brave, do the same thing.” 


Thank you Amy Poehler for celebrating flawed humanity.


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