First lady Michelle Obama told graduating high school seniors in Nashville, Tenn. that in order to succeed, they must be willing to risk failure — and jokingly used her husband as a prime example.
“When something doesn’t go your way, you’ve just got to adjust. You’ve got to dig deep and work like crazy. And that’s when you’ll find out what you’re really made of, during those hard times,” Obama said at the graduation ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School on Saturday. “But you can only do that if you’re willing to put yourself in a position where you might fail. And that’s why so often, failure is the key to success for so many great people.”
She mentioned Steve Jobs, “fired from Apple early in his career” and Oprah, “demoted from her first job as a news anchor, now she doesn’t even need a last name.”
“And then there’s this guy, Barack Obama…I could take up a whole afternoon talking about his failures…he lost his first race for Congress, and now he gets to call himself my husband,” she said.