Find Your Reason – Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) Motivational Speech

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This was my shot. I cried a lot. It was so embarrassing. I got fired from Frasier. The one everyone knew was going to be a hit, and it was. This time, it was really hard not to think that it wasn’t meant to be, my career as an actress. A couple of months later, I was almost completely out of money.

Then I got a call from a friend, the actor, Richard Kind, who said, and this is exactly how he sounds, “I’ve heard what happened. I don’t know how you get up in the morning. How do you even get out of bed, get dressed, walk out the door, and show your face?”

Yeah, I was getting up in the morning and leaving my apartment, so maybe I was coping better than I was expected to. That’s a good sign. And I understand that because the 20s, they are that time in your life when you’re really getting acquainted to self-doubt when there’s so much seemingly at stake.

So let me reassure you, it’s not supposed to be easy. You’re supposed to have moments of uncertainty about which path to take, because the 20s are full of crossroads. When one door closes, another door always opens. It really does. That’s what I would tell myself to keep those moments of doubts, only moments. And it worked. I kept going.

Then it all changed. After many auditions, I was the second person cast in the pilot called “Friends Like Us”, which would later be changed to “Friends”. Jim Burrows also directed this pilot and the first 10 episodes of friends. One day, the six of us were talking with Jimmy, exchanging the time I got fired stories, and Jimmy told them mine. “Well, she’s got the worst one of all. She got fired from Frasier. Well. It’s a good thing you got fired, or you wouldn’t have been on this show.”

He was right. It was a good thing I didn’t get Saturday Night Live. And that Romy and Michele, that that pilot didn’t work out. And every other disappointment that happened. They were actually more like guideposts that kept me on my path. Oh, and after I got fired from Frasier, I went to a birthday party and, and feeling like I had nothing at all to lose, I flirted with a guy who was way out of my league. We dated and on Thursday, Michel and I will have been married for 15 years, and we’ll celebrate with our remarkable 12-year-old son. So, thank God I got fired.

There is a reason for everything. FIND YOUR REASON

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There is nothing worse than being stupid – Jim Rohn

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There’s nothing worse than being stupid. Nothing. I mean, being broke is bad, but being stupid is awful. And what’s really bad is being broke and stupid. Right? That’s about the end of the world. There isn’t anything much worse than that, unless you’re sick. Sick, broke, and stupid. I mean, that is it. Right? There’s nowhere else to go.

So, make sure you get the information. It’s key. You don’t have to like it, but learn it. The talent story. Interesting story if you haven’t read it in a while. Just review it. It’s a good story, an ancient story. It says there was a master with three servants. He got them together one day, and he said to the three, “I’ve got these talents.” In those ancient days, a talent was a measure of gold. He said to the three servants, “Take these talents and see what you can do with them while I’m gone.” He said, “I’m taking a journey and I’ll be gone for a while. When I come back we’ll get together, go over the books, see how you did.” He said, “Here’s five of these talents for you. Five. Here’s two of them for you. Two. And here’s one for you. One.”

The master said, “Take those talents, see what you can do with them. When I come back we’ll get together and we’ll go over it all.” The servants said, “Okay.” Master takes off.

According to the ancient story, the master comes back from his trip. When he gets back, he gets the three servants together, and as he said he would, he asks, “How did it go with those talents? Your five, what happened?” That servant said, “Well, I took the five talents you gave me and I put them to work. A little shaky at first but,” he said, “things finally got rolling.” He said, “I poured it on.” He said, “My talents grew to seven, eight, nine, ten.” He said, “I doubled my talents from five to ten.” Books will show, Master said, “One heck of a job,” or something like that.

He said, “I gave you two talents. What happened?” That servant said, “About the same thing happened to me. I put those two talents to work, poured it on. They grew to three and then to four.” He said “I doubled my talents from two to four.” Books will show, Master said, “Well done.”

He said, “I gave you one talent. What happened?” That servant said “Well, I took the talent you gave me and I carefully wrapped it, and I dug a hole and buried it, and camouflaged it, I suppose, so nobody would steal it.” And he said, “Fortunately, nobody got it.”  And he said “I knew you were going to be here today so I dug it up. Here it is, safely wrapped. I did not lose it while you were gone.”

According to the ancient story, the master said, “Take that talent away from him and give it to the man that’s got ten.” Now, you might say, “Well, I don’t like that arrangement. The poor guy’s only got one talent. He’s already got ten. It ought to be more even.”

Remember, I didn’t ask you to like it. But this one I would ask you to learn, because it simply means whatever you do not employ, you forfeit. Whatever you don’t use, you lose. Lack of use causes loss. If you tie your arm to your body, leave it there long enough, you’ll never use it again. It’s over for the arm. Now, it may not be over, but it’s over for the arm. The only way to keep the use of this arm is what? Keep using it.

If you quit, you lose automatically. They don’t bring it up for a vote. You lose automatically when you quit. The same thing that goes for your arm goes for your brain. Mentality. The same thing goes for all the human virtues. Ambition unused declines. Strong feelings unused diminish. It doesn’t grow, it diminishes. Faith unused decreases. It’s a law. Vitality unused diminishes. Energy unused decreases.  The guy says, “Well, I’m going to save up my energy.” You can’t do that. That’s like trying to save today, put it on the end of the year. See, you can’t do that. They’ll come take you away. If you don’t use today, what? It’s lost. The guy says “I’ll work twice as hard tomorrow to make up for it.” See, that’s foolish. You could have done that anyway. Today unused is lost. A talent unused is lost. An ability unused is lost. Make sure that all of your talent, and ability, and mentality, and ingenuity, and vitality, and strong feelings, faith, courage, make sure that all you’ve got is being used, otherwise you lose.

USE ALL YOU’VE GOT

There Is Hope – Nick Vujicic Motivational Video

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People were looking at me, people were pointing their finger at me and laughing.

I was born this way, and no doctor knows why I was born this way. My parents don’t know why I was born this way. Lady Gaga don’t know why I was born this way. In my life, seeing everyone with arms and legs, my brother and sister have arms and legs. I never imagined that I would be happy, but we’ve got to understand that brokenness is brokenness, but hope is hope.

Some people say, “Well, all you need is just to be positive.” Well, it’s easy for you to say, that’s what I’m thinking. People who have arms and legs, it’s easy for you. I just want you to know though that there is something I have come here to prepare a message for you, to let you know that there is hope beyond what you see.

When in life, we have things in life that come and we try to figure out, well, who am I and what am I doing, and what’s my purpose? Is there any purpose at all to my life in the end?

I stand before you without arms and legs telling you right now that I am absolutely not disabled. There is something greater, something greater than the disabilities around you, or the limitations around you. There is HOPE.

Related:
Overcoming Hopelessness by Nick Vujicic

Mind Blown – This will make you rethink life

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I want to show you guys something real cool. Something I just found out. Watch this.

Every pilot or flight instructor will tell you this: That if you start here, and you want to go here – to your destination – and if there’s a crosswind, you will actually land here, land lower. So what pilots do is they fly NORTH of their destination to get to their destination.

See, this metaphor applies for life, and for people as well. If you treat a person for how they are, you make them worse. You treat a person for how they could be, you promote them to what they should be. If you live life being realistic, you wind up being pessimistic. But if you live life shooting for your dreams, trying to do the impossible, ladies and gentlemen, you will wind up exactly where you need to be.

Sylvester Stallone Motivational Video

His parents fought so much they neglected him, so he spent many years in foster homes as a child. The doctor severed a nerve in his face when he was born, leaving him partially paralyzed with slurred speech. He struggled at school, and was always in trouble. He was expelled from 14 different high schools.

In the early 1970s, he moved to New York City to follow his dream of being an actor, but could only get small parts. He had to work at a zoo cleaning lions’ cages and as an usher at a movie theatre. He was so broke, for 3 weeks he slept at a bus station.

One day, he watched a boxing match that inspired him to write a screenplay about an up-and-coming boxer. He stayed up writing for 20 hours straight and finished the whole screenplay in 3 days.

“It was either do that movie or rob someone, because I was at the very end of my rope.” ~ Sylvester Stallone

When he tried to sell the script, nobody wanted it. He couldn’t afford to feed his dog Butkus, so he sold him for $50 and walked away crying. He had $106 in the bank and his wife was pregnant. He finally met producers who wanted to buy the script but he refused to sell it unless he was allowed to be the main actor. He felt only he could bring the passion the role needed, but the producers wanted a real Hollywood star.

They offered Stallone $125,000 for the script with the condition that he wouldn’t play the lead. He refused, so they offered him $250,000 and then more, for just the script … still he refused. Finally, the producers relented, bought the script and let him star in the movie but only paid him a fraction of their initial offer.

Right after he sold the script, he bought Butkus back for $3000. Rocky won 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The Rocky movies have made over $1.4 billion, making it one of the most successful franchises of all time. It is one of the most successful movies in history, making $200 million off of a $1 million budget.

“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving on. That’s how winning is done” ~ Sylvester Stallone

Elon Musk on starting a company and facing failures

Video Transcript:

Starting a company is like staring at the abyss and eating glass, and there’s some truth to that. The staring into the abyss part is that you are gonna be constantly facing the extermination of the company, because most start-ups fail. It’s like 90% ~ 99% of start-ups fail. That’s the staring into the abyss part. You’re constantly saying, “if I don’t get this right, the company will die.” Which can be quite stressful.

The eating glass part is, you’ve got to work on the problems that the company needs you to work on, not the problems you want to work on. So you end up working on problems that you really wish you weren’t working on, so that’s the eating glass part.

On the big picture, you know where you’re generally heading for, and the actual path is gonna be some sort of zig-zaggy thing in that direction. Try not to deviate too far from the path that you want to be on, but you’re gonna have to do that to some degree.

You’ll hear something, “Well, I feel fear about this, and therefore I shouldn’t do it.” It’s normal to feel fear. There would have to be something mentally wrong if you didn’t feel fear. I feel it quite strongly. But there are just times when something is important enough, you believe in it enough that you do it in spite of the fear.

FACE YOUR FEARS

Walt Disney Motivational Video

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His family was so poor, he had to deliver 1300 newspapers a day. Then his father would take away all the money. His brothers ran away because they were fed up with the hardships at home.

~All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.~

At the age of 19, he started an animation company – his lifelong dream. He failed to sell a single cartoon. His company went bankrupt.

~Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk.~

He started an animation studio in an old garage. He spent the next 5 years working with no income. In 1928, he finally found success with a short film, but lost the copyright to his own characters. He was crushed. He had nowhere to live and little money for food.

~When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way – implicitly and unquestionably.~

He tried again with a new character, but the audience was not impressed with his film. Still, he made a second film, but he could not find a distributor. Finally, he found success on his third attempt. His character Mickey Mouse became a hit.

~If you can dream it, you can do it.~

He then wanted to make a feature-length animated film, but everybody said it was a bad idea. The movie took three years to make, and cost the equivalent of $25 million today. Disney ran out of money, and had to mortgage his house.

~The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.~

Once released, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” was hailed as a masterpiece. It made the most money of any movie that year – the equivalent of $134million today.

In his life, Walt Disney won 22 Academy Awards, and was nominated 59 times. Both marks stand as records to this day.

~All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.~