Recently, Denzel Washington addressed 5,000 graduates at the ivy league campus of the University of Pennsylvania. He was quoted as saying, "Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks."

The Huffington Post reports:

The 56-year-old star of "Malcolm X" and "Philadelphia" delivered a humorous speech with a sobering truth: Failure is inevitable. Yet instead of having something to fall back on, he said, graduates should "fall forward" – learn from their mistakes and keep going. Thomas Edison had countless failed experiments before succeeding with the light bulb, he said.

"Do you have the guts to fail?" Washington said. "If you don't fail, you're not even trying."

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Do you think celebs like Denzel Washington can make a positive lasting impact on a recent graduates outlook on life?