In the summer of 1992, the legal thrillers novelist gave some pretty unconventional advice to graduates of Mississippi State University.
You know that all-important "ten-year plan"? He says to throw it out the window.
"Fifteen years ago I had it all planned," said the author of The Firm said of his own graduation, "and thank goodness it didn't work."
Grisham's first inspiration for a courtroom drama novel came completely by accident. Even though it wasn't in his plan, it completely changed his life.
"I didn't realize it at the time, and that's usually the way it happens."
The bottom line of Grisham's speech? Don't be so scared if everything's not going according to plan. That's just life being life.
The full speech (which can be read here) is just as relevant today.
Can't get enough? Check out Grisham's more recent life lessons below:
Here he addresses the graduating class at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010...
... and at Washington and Lee Law School in 2007.