Ask the Universe – Jim Carrey’s Inspirational Speech

Canadian comedian and actor Jim Carrey gave a moving commencement address to a class of 2014 last month. In his speech he describes how people often make seemingly practical choices that are actually based on fear, and how this can turn into a costly mistake. It’s true for many aspects of life, including personal finance. What I want is to become financially independent. But what I fear is making the wrong decision and losing all my money. So I have to let my love of financial freedom overcome my fear of failure. Opportunities are often disguised as hard work or risky. But that’s why success is worth it. Being able to retire in my 30s is worth the effort and struggle for me. Take it away Jim Carrey.

Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation

Jim encourages us to ask the universe for things that seem out of reach. It’s amazing what we can receive if we simply ask for it. Last year I hoped my investments would perform well. The universe granted my wish and the stock markets returned over 20% in 2013. I also wished to receive more dividends and boom! Many companies I own have increased their dividend distributions over the last year, including Apple, Target, Enbridge, Disney, McDonalds, Chevron, and Scotia Bank. The universe rewards those who are proactive and optimistic 😀


This is why I buy stocks despite their volatility. Why I buy real estate and land despite pundits saying the property bubble will burst at any moment. Why I invest in gold and silver even though many would argue precious metals are not even real investments. I will gladly face all the risks because I’m not afraid to ask the universe for what I really want 😉

Jim’s dad taught us that even if we make conservative financial choices, we can still fail. So we might as well take a chance on our dreams, even if it means exposing ourselves to more risk. I think this is great advice for many people who are too conservative with their financial decisions. We only live once after all. We can’t let fear paralyze and prevent us from turning our goals into realities. And for dads all around the world, happy Father’s Day 🙂

A longer version of Jim’s speech can be found here.


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06/14/2014 3:08 pm

Nice post Liquid, Thank you for sharing.

His speech reminds a book called ‘Secret’. I guess you might have read that book too. Universe has everything you need, just ask it.

Hi Readers, “When you move away from this post, you have only ever two choices, love or fear. Choose love, don’t let the fear overcome your love”


James Williams
James Williams
06/14/2014 4:13 pm

You should have been asking the universe for great returns prior to 2008 and let us know what happened.

06/14/2014 6:38 pm

Reminds me of the rice experiment. Two jars of cooked rice. Talk nice to one for a month and mean and nasty to the other one for a month. See what they look like at the end of the month or look here

I’m gonna start talking nice to the universe.

Not Working
Not Working
06/14/2014 10:30 pm

That’s pretty much why i went full time on my business, if you don’t try you’ll never know what could have happened. It turns out i am pretty happy of the results 🙂

06/15/2014 6:34 am

Thanks for posting – an interesting video and speech. I also fear losing money, but know that I’ll have to take risks eventually, otherwise I won’t make my aims!

06/15/2014 11:33 am

Great post! I was just talking with friends last night about investing and their fear for losing money almost convinces me not to invest either, their argument is hard to counter. The video reinstills what I feel, I rather take the risks and fail than make conservative decisions and end up no further ahead.

The Asian Pear
The Asian Pear
06/16/2014 8:50 am

Nice post. I think I’ve learned from my Dad the opposite what Jim Carrey’s Dad taught him. I’m fairly conservative with my money because my Dad was a financial risk taker. He had several properties at one point and always had marketing and “get rich schemes”. None of which came to fruition. And during the recession, we had to sell the properties at a loss. So now I’m very conservative financially which is silly really… I am still young and can actually take a bit of risk but my investing style is still like 64 year old woman who’s about to retire. O_O;;

Two Degrees
Two Degrees
06/22/2014 7:10 pm

Definitely some good food for thought. I’m going to watch the extended speech tomorrow.

And the Maharishi University sounds really interesting. I will have to read more about their program.

BTW, Jim Carrey is actually from the same part of Toronto that I grew up in 🙂

06/23/2014 7:52 pm

While I love the positivity, I’d take the whole “ask the universe” with a huge grain of salt – very pseudoscience-sounding.

Yes imagine and dream, but don’t think for a second merely imagining/dreaming/asking-the-universe-for-it will get you there.

To whoever mentioned the book “The Secret” – complete baloney! Along with the jars of rice – complete baloney!

You know how many times I asked for sunshine in the winter in Vancouver and never get it? Damn universe…


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