TODAY   |  May 19, 2013

First lady to graduates: Be willing to fail

First lady Michelle Obama offered advice to high school graduates in Tennessee on Saturday. Speaking about the importance of determination and passion, she told her young audience to “not waste a minute living someone else's dream." TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe reports.

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>>> words of advice for graduating high school seniors. in an address to the graduating class at martin luther king magnate school in nashville, tennessee, the first lady talked about being willing to fail, because that can be the key to success. she mentioned her own failures, and then brought up those of her husband.

>> and then there's this guy barack obama who lost -- [ cheers ] -- i could take up a whole afternoon talking about his failures -- [ laughter ] -- but he lost his first race for congress, and now he gets to call himself my husband. [ laughter ]

>> it's the first lady's only commencement speech to a high school class this year, so just to recap, aim low, reach for the floor, embrace your inner failures, and then all the best to you, good luck. have a nice life. talk to you soon.

>> i like the summary.