Jim Carrey delivered the commencement speech at Iowa Maharishi University of Management on Saturday. The comedian was also rewarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University.
The 52 year old actor shared some of his life lessons that his father instilled in him while growing up. He even became emotional about his father’s influence on following his dreams.
Carrey said, “My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead he got a safe job as an accountant.”
He continued on saying, “When I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
After sharing the lesson he learned from his father, Percy Carrey, personal struggle to make ends meet, he gave the graduates insight on how to finding success. He encouraged the crowd to tell the universe what they want and to go after it without fear.
“Fear is going to be a player in life, but you get to decide how much,” Carrey said. “So many of us choose our paths out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it.”
The actor has proven to be Hollywood gold and has starred in films including; Bruce Almighty, The Mask, The Truman Show and Me, Myself and Irene. The University awarded the accomplished actor with an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Caus during the ceremony.