Here is the full transcript (Edited version) and summary of the best-selling author Dr. Rick Rigsby’s powerful speech titled “The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life” at California State University Maritime Academy. He is the author of the book: Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout.
NOTABLE QUOTE FROM THIS SPEECH:
“Son, make sure your servant’s towel is bigger than your ego.”
Dr. Rick Rigsby – Author
The wisest person I ever met in my life: a third-grade dropout.
Wisest and dropout in the same sentence is rather oxymoronic, like jumbo shrimp. Like Fun Run, ain’t nothing fun about it, like Microsoft Works. You all don’t hear me.
I used to say like country music, but I’ve lived in Texas so long, I love country music now. Yeah… I hunt. I fish. I have cowboy boots and cowboy… You all, I’m a blackneck redneck. Do you hear what I’m saying to you?
No longer oxymoronic for me to say country music, and it’s not oxymoronic for me to say third-grade and dropout.
That third-grade dropout, the wisest person I ever met in my life, who taught me to combine knowledge and wisdom to make an impact, was my father: a simple cook, wisest man I ever met in my life.
Just a simple cook, left school in the third grade to help out on the family farm, but just because he left school doesn’t mean his education stopped.