Shonda Rhimes: “Be a Doer, Not a Dreamer”


I am in love with this lady. The last 10 years of my life have been spent week in week out, living on her words. From Greys, To Private Practice To Scandal and hopefully in the fall How To Get Away With Murder.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator, who received her degree from Dartmouth in 1991, spoke to the 2014 graduating class about being a writer, her dislike of public speaking, the power (or lack therof) of hashtags, and ultimately dreaming big—and why she wants us to stop doing it.

“When people give these kinds of speeches, they usually tell you all kinds of wise and heartfelt things…They tell you: ‘Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big. As a matter of fact, dream and don’t stop dreaming until all of your dreams come true.’ 

I think that’s crap.

I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, engaged, powerful people, are busy doing.”

Take a bite of her award winning words below

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