9 Wickedly Good Life Lessons From Tim Minchin You Need to Watch

It’s that time of year.

The days are shorter, the whether is becoming progressively more horrid, and many university students are now nearing the half-way mark through their academic year.

This invisible line is inevitably the tipping point for a lot of you. You realise that the past few months have flashed by in a blur and that there is many an essay to write or internship to apply for. In your mounting state of stress, you start making mildly realistic deductions that devoting the autumn semester to your Netflix subscription means you’ll fail all your exams and spend the rest of your life serving hot chips from a van…


Students seem to be often more adept at blowing things out of proportion than maintaining a healthy view on what’s important in life. We at IA want to make sure the latter skill is one that you focus on, rather than the former. To do this, we’re going to use the side-splitting wit and surprisingly astute insights of a long-haired Australian comedian.

Okay, this doesn’t sound like a convincing remedy just yet but trust us, we know what we’re doing!

University addresses are great. They give successful people (whether university educated or not) the chance to share bespoke pearls of wisdom with wide-eyed and fresh-faced young graduates. They usually are under the premise on advising you about your career, but end up advising you about happiness, success, and everything in-between. And as an added bonus, they tend to be heart-warmingly uplifting.

We’ve got a few favourites in the office, and here is one of our top picks. Multi-award winning comedian and satirist Tim Minchin spoke in 2013 to graduates at the University of Western Australia. Giving Minchin the task of explaining anything is guaranteed to give lyrically astute and hilarious results.

Here are his 9 tips for life, just generally we guess, but they are relevant to everyone, whether you’re a student, a recent graduate, or well into your career.

Watch, calm your consciousness (and don’t forget to let us know what you think!).

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