(Video) UD grads get life advice from alumnus behind TV hit Breaking Bad

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University of Delaware graduates learned about moving forward from a  commencement speaker who was instrumental in getting the runaway TV  hit Breaking Bad on the air.

With a  crowd of about 21,800 in the stands and on the field, UD President Dennis Assanis began commencement by lauding the triumphs of the Class of 2018.

“You accomplished so much during your time on campus,” Assanis said. “We’re proud of everything you achieved, in the classroom, in the labs, on the athletic field and around the world. In the graduating class, there are more awards and scholarships and other successes than we can possibly enumerate this morning.”

UD alumnus and Commencement speaker Steve Mosko opened with a quote by Baseball Hall of Fame player Carlton Fisk to capture the essence of his message:

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“It’s not what you achieve in life, it’s what you overcome that defines a career.”

Mosko shared with the class the obstacles he faced before emerging as a global media executive.

When his graduation was approaching in 1978, Mosko said he had no clue what was next for him. He figured he would start bartending at Deer Park Tavern in Newark, and see where life took him.

Mosko hustled and handed out his resume to every TV station, radio station and ad agency he could find. This eventually led to his first job, working in media sales.

Mosko emphasized that he faced obstacles every step of the way,

While leading Sony Pictures Television, he faced immense doubt when pitching a TV show about a terminally ill chemistry teacher who cooks crystal meth.

“They actually told me and I quote, ‘That’s the worst idea we’ve ever heard of for a TV show,’” Mosko said. “They gave me the go-ahead to produce it, but they also said, ‘Good luck with the rest of your career.’ I think it turned out alright. Well, anyway, you know the story: Breaking Bad became by all accounts the greatest TV show in history.”

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