Stay Weird, Stay Different

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Writer Graham Moore made more of an impression than most at the Oscars this year. Moore went home with an academy award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, dedicating his award to Alan Turing, whose story the film was based on.

Moore connected emotionally with Turing’s story (unrecognized achievements and attempted suicide at age 41) and used that connection to make a memorable + raw acceptance speech:

“When I was 16 years old,I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here and so I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird, stay different. And then when it’s your turn and you’re standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

Watch Graham Moore’s full speech –> http://oscar.go.com/video/2015-awards-ceremony-highlights/_m_VDKA0_4756q5vd

Graphic by Michaella Jelin of Yellow Bird Visuals

Different isn’t bad. Different is scary because it is unfamiliar. Don’t be afraid to stand out. You could be one to change the world.