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It's graduation season, and that means many accomplished individuals will be delivering inspiring words to help guide the next generation of movers and shakers to do great things.
How cool would it be to have Andy Cohen as your commencement speaker? Luckily, we all get to bask in his wisdom thanks to the latest edition of Host Talkative in which Watch What Happens Live guest Wendi McLendon-Covey asks the emcee to address the Class of 2016 and talk about work ethic as they embark on their careers (clip below).
For the TV personality whose many gigs include hosting WWHL, moderating Bravo reunion shows, and being at the helm of a satellite radio show on his own SiriusXM channel, finding success is all about one thing. "Follow your passion, whatever you do. Go where you're interested and focus on your passion," he said. "And your passion will guide you. And just trust that it will take you as high as you could possibly go — to great heights, by the way."
Though it may not always be easy, staying positive even when you may not be exactly where you want to be is key. "Don't focus on what you don't have; focus on what you do have. Be grateful for that, and be grateful that you are in the door," Andy recommended. "And that happiness and satisfaction is gonna drive you to do better and the best that you can do and it will lead others to see how great you are, and it will propel you to bigger and bigger jobs."
This is very practical advice, considering the fact this attitude is what has helped Andy get so far in his career. "When I was a desk assistant at CBS News, I thought I had won the lottery. I thought I had won the lottery, and I worked like 80 hours a week, and I was like, 'Wow, I work at CBS News.' I was so proud of myself. I thought it was so cool that I got a check that said CBS on it. I thought, 'This is amazing.' And then I got promoted to assistant producer, and I was like, 'This is the greatest job in the world.' And I got promoted again, and I got promoted again," he explained. "It was so great, and it was just 'cause I loved it so much. And so, you can find your bliss in any profession, but as long as you're passionate about it, that's gonna make you so good and be happy and don't settle for anything less than that."
Can Andy be our new life coach, please?
Check out some awesome throwback photos of Andy during his CBS days, below.
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