Jennifer Lee is the first female director to have surpassed $1 billion in earnings. She directed a little movie you might have heard of, the award-collecting, raved-about animated feature “Frozen.”
In her address to the graduating class of the University of New Hampshire on Monday, Lee gave some uplifting advice on how to overcome bullying and self-doubt.
“If I learned one thing, it is that self-doubt is one of the most destructive forces. It makes you defensive instead of open, reactive instead of active,” Lee said. “Self-doubt is consuming and cruel and my hope today is that we can all collectively agree to ban it.”
“When you are free from self-doubt, you fail better,” Lee said. “You accept criticism and listen.”
“If you can learn to not take it personally, you’ll be able to listen to constructive criticism and find it inspiring,” Lee continued. “It might motivate you and show you that you are capable of far more than you ever imagined.”
“I’ll say if the first draft of ‘Frozen’ was the one we made, if I had been too defensive to listen to the notes and criticisms and wasted my time trying to prove that I was good enough instead of doing what the film needed, it wouldn’t be ‘Frozen’ and I wouldn’t be standing here today,” she added.
“Please know, from here on out, you are enough and, dare I say, more than enough.” Lee concluded.
And the cherry on top? Before Lee’s speech, a professor led the crowd in an adaptation of “Let It Go.”
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