Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches—all with his trademark optimism, warmth, and humor.
In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when “life goes skidding sideways.” He writes of coming to Los Angeles from Canada at age eighteen and attempting to make his way as an actor. Fox offers up a comically skewed take on how, in his own way, he fulfilled the requirements of a college syllabus. He learned Economics as a starving artist; an unexpected turn as a neophyte activist schooled him in Political Science; and his approach to Comparative Literature involved stacking books up against their movie versions.
Replete with personal stories and hilarious anecdotes, Michael J. Fox’s new book is the perfect gift for graduates.
“If you’re a recent graduate or just being fitted for the robe, I’m sure there’s no shortage of people who played a part in bringing you to this moment, and who may have an interest in where you go from here. It’s reasonable. Parents, mentors, and friends are a part of your story, just as you’re a part of theirs. They have hopes and dreams that may echo or overlap your own. And there’s no reason why you can’t make room for them. But what’s happening to you right now, precisely at this instant, belongs only to you. “Own it.”
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