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10 Years from Now – What Will Matter Most?


Transcript:
That the reason I’m here, is I dreamed big dreams. I dream the kind of dreams that other people said would not be possible. I’m also a living proof; this isn’t a Hollywood movie. I come literally from the other side of the tracks. If you saw where I grew up and we took a picture of it, the neighbourhood, the setting, you say it’s impossible that someone could come from there and get here.
But it is possible, and not to sound too trite, if you dream big and surround yourself with great people, and leave your ego at the door, and share success with others, and have a little luck along the way, you can do anything.
But there will be people along the way, and I remember this, they will say to you, you know, you’re dreaming too big, it’s not possible, those things just can’t happen.
Don’t allow anyone, friend, family, acquaintance, teachers, whoever it is; don’t allow anyone to tell you that what you are dreaming for yourself and your family is not possible. It is possible.
Don’t be one of those people, 20 years from now, are going to be walking around in a nine-to-five job, miserable, and angry, and bitter, because you let your dreams get away from you, because you did not believe strongly enough in yourself and what was possible.
Don’t allow that to happen, and I can’t encourage you enough, to continue to think the things are possible, and that your dreams can come true. And as it relates to finding your calling, it has to be linked to something that you are so passionate and crazed about, that you’re willing to knock down walls, and climb mountains, and do the things that are going to put yourself in a position of sacrificing so many other things for its success. And you can only do that when there’s a compelling underlying feeling that you have, that this is something I’m going to fight to the death for.
And I think you can’t really succeed at the levels that you want to, unless you find that thing that you’re so passionate and excited and in love with. And I think because you’ve got it along the way you’re gonna have to convince so many other people to believe in you, and the idea, and the opportunity, and the struggle and the obstacles that are going to come can only be overcome by this passion that you have in which you’re going to be able to get people to follow you over those hurdles.
I know it sounds a little bit sophomore but it’s so true

Suing the school system for a world where fish no longer forced to climb trees

COURT HEARING:

Pre-Trial Conference (Criminal)
Case: Education Malpractice
Criminal Case Disclosure Conference
PRINCE EA VS SCHOOL SYSTEM
Court Records:
Prince Ea: Albert Einstein once said, everybody’s a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, today on trial we have modern day schooling. Glad you could come. Not only does he make fish climb trees but also makes them climb down and do a ten mile run.
Tell me school, are you proud of the things you’ve done? Turning millions of people into robots, do you find that fun? Do you realize how many kids relate to that fish? Swimming upstream in class, never finding their gifts. Thinking they are stupid. Believing they are useless.
But the time has come, no more excuses. I call school to the stand and accuse him of killing creativity! Individuality! And being intellectually abusive. He’s an ancient institution that has outlived his usage.
So Your Honour, this concludes my opening statement and if I may present the evidence of my case, I will prove it.
Judge: Proceed.
Prince Ea: Exhibit A: Here’s a modern day phone, recognize it? Here’s a phone from 150 years ago. Big difference right? Stay with me… Here’s a car from today, and here’s a car from 150 years ago. Big difference right? Well get this… Here’s a classroom of today and here’s a class we used 150 years ago.
Gallery: Whoaaa…
Prince Ea: Now ain’t that a shame? In literally more than a century, Nothing Has Changed. Yet you claim to prepare students for the future? But with evidence like that I must ask, Do you prepare students for the future or the past?
I did a background check on you and let the records show that you were made to train people to work in factories. Which explains why you put students in straight rows, nice and neat. Tell em’ sit still. Raise your hand if you wanna speak. Give em’ a short break to eat and for 8 hours a day tell em’ what to think.
Oh, and make them compete to get an A. A letter which determines product quality. Hence grade A of meat. I get it. Back then times were different. We all have a past. I myself am no Gandhi. But today, we don’t need to make robot zombies. The world has progressed, and now we need people who think creatively, innovatively, critically, independently with the ability to connect.
See every scientist will tell you that no two brains are the same. And every parent with two or more children will confirm that claim. So please explain why you treat students like cookie cutter frames or snapback hats. Giving them this ‘one size fits all’ crap.
Judge: Watch your language.
Prince Ea: Sorry Your Honour. But if a doctor prescribed the exact same medicine to all of his patients the results would be tragic. So many people would get sick. Yet when it comes to school, this is exactly what happens. This EDUCATIONAL MALPRACTICE. Where one teacher stands in front of 20 kids, each one having different strengths, different needs, different gifts, different dreams. And you teach the same thing the same way? That’s horrific!
Ladies and Gentlemen, the defendant should not be acquitted. This may be one of the worst criminal offences ever to be committed.
And let’s mention the way you treat your employees.
Defense Attorney: Objection!
Judge: Overruled! I wanna hear this.
Prince Ea: It’s a shame, I mean teachers have the most important job on the planet, yet they’re UNDERPAID. No wonder so many students are SHORT CHANGED. Let’s be honest, teachers should earn just as much as doctors. Because a doctor can do heart surgery, and save the life of a kid. But a great teacher can reach the heart of that kid and allow him to truly live.
See teachers are heroes that often get blamed. But they’re not the problem. They work in a system without many options or rights. Curriculum are created by policy makers. Most of which have never taught a day in their life. Just obsessed with standardized tests. They think bubbling in a multiple choice question will determine success. That’s outlandish.
In fact THESE TESTS ARE TOO CRUDE TO BE USED and should be abandoned. But don’t take my word for it, take Frederick J Kelly. The man who invented standardized testing, who said and I quote, “These tests are too crude to be used and should be abandoned.”
Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, if we continue down this road the results will be lethal.
I don’t have much faith in school but I do have faith in people. And if we can customize healthcare, cars, and Facebook pages, then it is our duty to do the same for education. To upgrade it. Change it. Do away with school spirit, cause that’s useless. Unless we’re working to bring the spirit out of each and every student, that should be our task.
No more common core, instead. Let’s reach the core of every heart in every class. Sure math is important, but no more than art or dance. Let’s give every gift an equal chance. I know this sounds like a dream. But countries like Finland are doing impressive things. They have shorter school days. Teachers make a decent wage. Homework is non-existent and they focus on COLLABORATION INSTEAD OF COMPETITION.
But here’s the kicker boys and girls. Their educational system outperforms every other country in the world. Other places like Singapore are succeeding rapidly. Schools like Montessori. Programmes like Khan Academy. There is no single solution, but let’s get moving. Because while students may be 20% of our population. They are 100% of our future.
So let’s attend to their dreams and there’s no telling that we can achieve. This is a world in which I believe. A world where fish are no longer forced to climb trees.
I REST MY CASE
Gallery: **APPLAUSE**
**Video Postscript**
Hey, guys, my name is Prince Ea, and I want to say thank you so much for watching my video. But now I want to know what you think.
How can we together create a more efficient, effective and just better future of learning?
I want you to visit neste.com/preorderthefuture and share your thoughts and ideas on the topic, peace.
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Inspirational Oscar Speech – Matthew McConaughey

Inspirational speech by Matthew McConaughey at the 86th Oscars® in 2014 | Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club

Transcript:

There’s a few things, about three things to my count that I need each day.
One I need something to look up to, another something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.

Now first off I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any human hand. He has shown me that it is a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton, who said “When you got God, you got a friend, and that friend is you”
To my family, that’s who and what I look forward to. To my Father who I know he is up there right now with a big pot of gumbo. He has got a lemon meringue pie over there, he is probably in his underwear and he has got a cold can of Miller Lite, he is dancing right now. To you Dad, you taught me what it means to be a man.
To my Mother who is here tonight, who taught me and my two older brothers, demanded that we respect ourselves. And what we in turn learned was that we were better able to respect others. Thank you for that Mama.
To my wife Camila, and my kids Levi, Vida, Livingston. The courage and significance you give me everyday I go out the door is unparalleled. You are the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me, Thank you.
And to my hero, that’s who I chase. Now when I was 15 years old, I have a very important person in my life come to me and say, “Who is your hero?”. And I said I don’t know I gotta think about that, give me a couple of weeks. I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says “Who’s your hero?” And so I thought about it and I said you know who it is, it’s me in 10 years.
So I turn 25, 10 years later that same person comes to me and goes “so are you a hero?” And I was like, not even close. No, no, no. She said “Why?” I said because my hero is me at 35. So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero is always 10 years away. I’m never going to beat my hero. I’m not going to obtain that, I know I’m not. And that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.
So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever that is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we are chasing to that I say amen. To that I say alright, alright, alright. And to that I say just keep living huh. Thank you.
More Memorable Acceptance Speeches:
Nine Rules from Chris Pratt: Generation Award Winner 2018

Forget motivation, you need discipline – Navy Seals' Advice


Transcript:
Navy Seals: Forget motivation, you need discipline
Jocko Willink: It’s not about motivation. Motivation is a fickle little emotional thing and if you get too hungry sometimes you’re not motivated, or if you get too tired sometimes you’re not motivated. Or if it’s been a long day you lose your motivation. So that’s why motivation doesn’t matter to me.
Leif Babin: One of the things we try to do in training was build those realistic scenarios that would put people in a really chaotic, overwhelming situation. There’s a dozen things that are bearing down on you, the pressure’s on. How do you do this? You have to prioritize and execute. And so you can’t take on those dozen problems simultaneously, you’re going to fail at all of them. You have to take a step back, figure out what the highest priority is, execute toward that highest priority, and then move on to the next priority. And then the next priority.
Jocko Willink: It’s about the discipline. It’s about the discipline of holding the course, knowing what you have to do, and making it happen.
Leif Babin: The battlefield’s going to change, and the priority will change. So, you’re getting shot at from one direction, and you start manoeuvring your troops to engage the enemy in that direction All of the sudden you get shot at from another direction. You’re going to have to be able to rapidly shift, be able to communicate to your team and be able to flex. And so life is like that. For any business it’s like that. Those priorities are going to rapidly change. And you’ve got to be able to rapidly shift that. Communicate that to your team. And it’s all about prioritize and execute.
Jocko Willink: Motivation is going to let you down. Discipline will stay by your side.
Reference: Former Navy SEAL commanders: When things get tough, forget motivation, you need discipline

Think Different: Here's to the Crazy Ones


Video Transcript:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
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Fight Song – I've still got a lot of fight left in me


李佩玲《Fight Song》|《中国新歌声》
Lee Pei Ling 《Fight Song》|《Sing! China》

Fight Song | 战斗之歌

Like a small boat on the ocean
Sending big waves into motion
Like how a single word can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care
If nobody else believes
Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep
Everybody’s worried about me
In too deep say I’m in too deep
And it’s been two years I miss my home
But there’s a fire burning in my bones
I still believe yeah I still believe
And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care
If nobody else believes
Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
A lot of fight left in me
Like a small boat on the ocean
Sending big waves into motion
Like how a single word can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
No I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

战斗之歌 | Fight Song

像是辽阔汪洋的一叶扁舟
也能掀起惊涛骇浪
只言片语就能打开心扉
或许我只有一支火柴
却能爆发一阵绚烂光芒
我曾未说出口的所有
仍深藏于我的脑海
今晚我会大声呐喊
这一次你是否听到我的声音
这是我的战斗之歌
重燃生命斗志之曲
证明我顽强不屈之歌
我的能量已被点燃
此刻开始征程我会顽强不屈
我会唱响我的战斗之歌
我并不在乎
是否有人会相信我
因为还有太多征程等我去挑战
失去战友我仍不舍追梦
所有人都担心我
说我陷得太深
已经有两年了我想念我的家
但我心中的火仍在燃烧
我仍坚信
我曾未说出口的所有
仍深藏于我的脑海
今晚我会大声呐喊
这一次你是否听到我的声音
这是我的战斗之歌
重燃生命斗志之曲
证明我顽强不屈之歌
我的能量已被点燃
此刻开始征程我会顽强不屈
我会唱响我的战斗之歌
我并不在乎
是否有人会相信我
因为还有太多征程等我去挑战
许多征程等我去挑战
像是辽阔汪洋的一叶扁舟
也能掀起惊涛骇浪
只言片语就能打开心扉
或许我只有一支火柴
却能爆发一阵绚烂光芒
这是我的战斗之歌
重燃生命斗志之曲
证明我顽强不屈之歌
我的能量已被点燃
此刻开始征程我会顽强不屈
我会唱响我的战斗之歌
我并不在乎
是否有人会相信我
因为还有太多征程等我去挑战
生命还有太多征程等着我去挑战
Watch the Original version:
Rachel Platten – Fight Song (Official Video)

Lord of the Rings – What are we holding to?


Transcript:
Frodo Baggins: I can’t do this Sam.
Samwise Gamgee: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something.
Frodo Baggins: What are we holding on to, Sam?
Samwise Gamgee: That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Transcript:
Samwise Gamgee: Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?
Frodo Baggins: No, Sam. I can’t recall the taste of food… nor the sound of water… nor the touch of grass. I’m… naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil… between me… and the wheel of fire! I can see him… with my waking eyes!
Samwise Gamgee: Then let us be rid of it… once and for all! Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you! COME ON!

Tangkuban Perahu Bandung Upturned Boat Volcano Mountain
Tangkuban Perahu a.k.a Upturned Boat – Volcano Mountain in Bandung

PS: I thought of posting Lord of the Ring (LOTR) scenes when I witnessed the beauty of Tangkuban Perahu during my recent trip to Bandung. The idea of visiting the crater reminds me of the hobbits on their quest to Mount Doom in LOTR.
Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater
Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater

The entrance fee to visit Tangkuban Perahu is slightly expensive for foreigners (300K Rupiah on Weekend/Public Holidays, 200k Rupiah on Weekday – accurate as of Sep 2016)
tangkuban-perahu-mountain-hideout
Hiking to Tangkuban Perahu Mountain Hideout

tangkuban-perahu-mountain-man-accommodation
Mountain Man Humble Accommodation

If you are adventurous and don’t mind the hike up the mountain, there is a mountain man living on-top of Tangkuban Perahu! It is an awesome experience at Tangkuban Perah that you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Bandung.
tangkuban-perahu-mountain-dark-cave
Tangkuban Perahu Mountain Hideout Tunnel

Interesting fact:
– The volcano erupted as recently as 5th October 2013.
– Tangkuban Perahu is also known as Upturned Boat. The name derives from a local legend on its creation.
Reference:
LOTR quotes – What are we holding on to?
LOTR quotes – I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you!
Wikipedia – Tangkuban Perahu

Facing the Giants – Death Crawl Motivation Speech


Video Transcript:
Random Dude 1: Man, that’s not even funny, dude. Oh Yeah.
Random Dude 2: So, Coach, how strong is Westview this year?
Brock: A lot stronger than we are.
Coach: You already written Friday night down as a loss, Brock?
Brock: Well, not if I know we could beat them.
Coach: Come here, Brock. You too, Jeremy.
Brock: What? Am I in trouble now?
Coach: Not yet. I wanna see you do the death crawl again except I wanna see your absolute best.
Brock: What? You want me to go to the 30?
Coach: I think you can go to 50.
Brock: The 50? I can go to 50 if nobody’s on my back.
Coach: I think you can do it with Jeremy on your back, but even if you can’t I want you to promise me that you’re gonna do your best.
Brock: All right.
Coach: Your best.
Brock: OK.
Coach: You’re gonna give me your best?
Brock: I’m gonna give you my best.
Coach: All right, one more thing. I want you to do it blindfolded.
Brock: Why?
Coach: I don’t want you giving up at a certain point when you can go further. Get down. Jeremy, get on his back. Now, get a good tight hold, Jeremy. All right. Let’s go Brock. Keep your knees off the ground. Use your hands and feet. There you go. A little bit left. A little bit left. There you go. Show me good effort. Ataway, Brock. You keep coming. There you go.
Coach: It’s a good start. Little bit left. Little bit left. There you go, Brock. Good strength. That’s it, Brock. That’s it.
Brock: Am I at the 20 yet?
Coach: Forget the 20. You give me your best. You keep going. That’s it. Don’t stop Brock. You got more in you than that.
Brock: I ain’t done. Just resting a second.
Coach: You gotta keep moving. Let’s keep moving. Let’s go. Don’t quit till you got nothing left. There you go. Keep moving. Keep moving. Keep moving Brock. That’s it. You keep driving. Keep your knees off the ground. Keep driving it. Your very best. Your very best. YOUR VERY BEST. Keep moving, Brock. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. Keep going. Don’t quit on me. Keep going. Keep driving it. Keep your knees off the ground. That’s it. Your very best. Don’t quit on me. Your very best. Keep driving. Keep driving. There you go. There you go. That’s it. You keep driving. Keep your knees off the ground. Keep driving it. Don’t quit till you got nothing left. Keep moving, Brock. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. Keep going. I want everything you got. Come on, keep going.
Brock: It hurts.
Coach: Don’t quit on me. Your very best. Keep driving. Keep driving. There you go. There you go.
Brock: He’s heavy.
Coach: I know.
Brock: I’m about out of strength.
Coach: Then you negotiate with your mind to find more strength, but don’t you give up on me, Brock. You keep going, you hear me? You keep going. You’re doing good. You keep going. Do not quit on me. You keep going.
Brock: It hurts.
Coach: I know it hurts. You keep going. It’s not hard from here. 30 more steps. You keep going, Brock. Come on. Keep going.
Brock: It burns.
Coach: Then let it burn.
Brock: My arms are burning.
Coach: It’s all heart. You keep going, Brock. Come on. Come on. Keep going. You promised me your best. Your best. Don’t stop. Keep going.
Brock: It’s too hard.
Coach: It’s not too hard. You keep going. Come on, Brock.Give me more. Give me more. Keep going. 20 more steps. 20 MORE. Keep going, Brock. Give me your best. Don’t quit. No. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Brock Kelley, you don’t quit. Keep going. Keep going. Go, Brock Kelley. You don’t quit on me. No, you keep going. You keep going. Go, Brock. 10 more steps. 10 more. 10 more. 10 more. Keep going. Don’t quit. Give me your heart.
Brock: I can’t do it.
Coach: You can. You can. Five more. Five more. Come on, Brock. Come on. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Come on Brock. Two more. One more.
Brock : That’s gotta be 50. That’s gotta be 50. I don’t have any more.
Coach: Look up, Brock. You’re in the end zone. Brock, you are the most influential player on this team. If you walk around defeated, so will they. Now tell me you can’t give me more than what I’ve been seeing. You just carried a 140-pound man across this whole field on your arms. Brock, I need you. God’s gifted you with the ability of leadership. Don’t waste it.
Jeremy: Coach.
Coach: Can I count on you?
Brock: Yes.
Jeremy: Coach.
Coach: What is it, Jeremy?
Jeremy: I weigh 160.
Random Coach: All right. Who’s next?

VISION – Motivational Video


Video Transcript:
Mayday, mayday, mayday! Bravo 160 heavy. Emergency descent!
We have as humans
We have something that no animal has
And what is called is, imagination
And what imagination allows you to do
it allows you to see it
Before it actually happened
What I mean by that is
I need you to go 10 years into the future
20 years into the future
And I need you to see yourself
Actually becoming the person you want to be
You gotta live in the forward
Block the whole world out
Put some music on
Some classical music
Right, the piano music
I don’t know what you need to listen to
But I want you to take 30 minutes
Go in the closet, go in the basement
Go to the library, go into a room alone.
And I want you to take 30 minutes
And I want you to imagine
I want you to take 30 minutes
And I want you live in the forward
See the problem is
I’m talking to some of you guys
The problem that you’re having is
You’re living in the future and you’re living in the present
And you keep talking about the mistakes
And you keep talking about the past
And you keep talking about your trials
And you keep talking about your situation
And I want you to know
That everybody that has ever been great
Everybody has had a obstacle to overcome
They had a barrier that they had to climb
There is no individual who’s ever reached success
And he didn’t have to go through
A obstacle or a barrier to get there
I need you to live in the future
I need you to go in your future every single day
I need you to go in your future
I need you to see what you’re going to be
Listen to me
What you are to be, you are now becoming
So you gotta use your imagination
And your imagination has to take you beyond the pain
Your imagination has to take you beyond the trouble
Your imagination has to take you to the next level
We have to see ourselves there long before it happens
The second rule is
We’ve gotta embrace faith
I had to have faith and believe that the thing that I see
10 years from now
20 years from now
That one day that thing is gonna be successful
When I was homeless at 16
I could have quit
When I was homeless
I could have given up
There were many a day that I thought about
Commiting suicide
But I said to myself
“E just keep imagining, keep thinking, keep seeing”
Keep seeing what you’re not now
But what you’re going to be
Sometimes it’s gonna be hard
Sometimes you gonna look all around you
And nowhere do you see success
Nowhere do you see anything that
Remotely looks like success
But you gotta embrace
Number 2: You gotta embrace the faith
You gotta believe that
Although it’s not happening right now
If you keep pressing
If you keep pushing, guess what?
One day is gonna be your day
That’s right
I need you to say that with me
One day is gonna be your day
Embrace the faith
You gotta be able to see it and believe it
When there is no evidence around you
When there is no evidence around you
When you got pain in your life, when you are tired
When you feel like giving up
And you feel like quitting
When you look around you
And you don’t see anything that looks anything like success
You gotta embrace the faith
And believe that one day is gonna be my day
But one day can’t be your day if you give up
If you quit
If you quit, no day will ever be your day
I want you to fail forward
That’s right. I said it. Fail forward.
I want you to get to a place in your life
That every mistake you make
Every setback you get
Right, every obstacle that you don’t overcome
Every barrier you can’t climb
I don’t want you to give up
But I want you to fail forward
You gotta learn from your mistakes
That every mistake you make
You failed that class? Get back up and try again!
You lose a job? Get back up and try again!
You put all your money in an investment?
Get back and try again!
If you start a business and it don’t work
Don’t stop, don’t quit!
Fail forward
Learn from each and every one of your mistakes
Don’t quit. Don’t give up
Listen to me. Don’t quit. Don’t give up.
If it gets hard, you tie a knot around yourself
You double tie it if you have to, but you hold on
But I want you to know, you’ll never reach your goal
You’ll never reach your dreams
If you don’t use your imagination
So when you failed that class
Don’t drop it
When you failed that class don’t just stop going
You’re going to the end of that class
And you’re going to the end of that class
And you’re going to the end of that class
And you’re going to the end of that class
Because I want you to know something
When you start that class over the next semester
You won’t be starting from scratch
You won’t be starting from the bottom
Because you were all the way up here when you quit
And now all you gotta do is go a little further
And a little further
So keep reaching
Keep climbing
But it started with a vision
Fear
Is not real
The only place that fear can exist
Is in our thoughts of the future
It is a product of our imagination
Causing us to fear things
That do not, at present and may not ever, exist
Fear is a choice
Only those who risk going too far
Can possibly find out how far one can go
I want your dream be so clear
That when you wake up in the morning
All you gotta do is step in your dream
And the first step for me
Was seeing something I was not before I was
You can do it
Where you are is temporary
You will not be there for rest of your life
I don’t care what happens in your life
I don’t care what it looks like
I don’t care where you are
Every single day you wake up
If you’re gonna have energy
If you’re gonna have passion
If you’re gonna have drive
Every day you wake up
You gotta start with that vision
This is the mentally like
You gotta live this
You gotta eat this
Every single thing you do
It’s not a cute saying
It is a way of life
It’s got to possess everything you do
It’s got to own you
There’s no reason to have a plan B
Because it distracts from plan A
I want to see how far I can go
I want to see what I can accomplish
I want to see what I can do
What I can be
What I can have. I want to see.
I don’t want to see what I think I can do
I don’t want to see what I think is possible
I wanna see what my life will look like
If I don’t count the cost
And I was willing to go further
Than anybody was willing to
One problem
The violin
Because to do what you do
You have got to be a world class violinist
Because if you don’t
When you’re moving around
Being thrown around and still trying to play
You end up doing what you did
That is missing loads of notes
And there were times when it sounded to me
Like a bunch of rats being strangled.
Seriously, that bad.
But you’re not good enough, I don’t think
To get away with flying through the air
And trying to play the violin at the same time
I don’t think what you’re doing right now
Is enough to fill a theater in Vegas
That much movement made you not as great as you were
Made you not as great as you were
Anytime there’s a change to be made
You have to realize that
There is somewhere else you wanna be
And I want to basically be happy
You can’t do anything without faith
it’s impossible to accomplish anything without faith
So i need you to believe
There is still time
As long there is a breath in your nostrils
As long as you can wake up in the morning
The first step
Before anybody else in the world believes it
Is you have to believe it
So I need you to believe
Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling
you got to go through to get where you wanna get
Who’s got the right to stop you?
I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished
Something you really want to do
Something you never said to someone, something…
And you’re told no, even after you paid your dues?
Who’s got the right to tell you that, who?
Nobody
It’s your right to listen to your gut
It ain’t nobody’s right to say no
After you earned the right to be where you want to be
And do what you want to do
You gotta do what you was called to do
You gotta do what you was born to do
You gotta do what works for you
Because if you do what works for you
you’re gonna blow up!
It’s in your DNA!
It’s who you are!
Even if you get knocked down
You get back up, you get back up, you get back up
And you continue to throw shit against the wall!
You have a vision, but listen to me
You are where you are because of who you are
And if you’re going to get somewhere else
You’re gonna have to change something
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Why America is not the greatest country in the world – The Newsroom

Jenny: Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?
Sharon: Diversity and opportunity.
Lewis: Freedom and freedom… so let’s keep it that way.
Will: The New York Jets.
Moderator: No, I’m going to hold you to an answer on that. What makes America the greatest country in the world?
Will: Well, Lewis and Sharon said it. Diversity and opportunity and freedom and freedom.
Moderator: I’m not letting you go back to the airport without answering the question.
Will: Well, our Constitution is a masterpiece. James Madison was a genius. The Declaration of Independence is, for me, the single greatest piece of American writing…
[Professor keeps staring]
Will: You don’t look satisfied.
Moderator: One’s a set of laws and the other’s a declaration of war. I want a human moment from you… what about the people? Why is America…
Will: It’s not the greatest country in the world, professor. That’s my answer.
Moderator: You’re saying…
Will: Yes.
Moderator: Let’s talk about…
Will: Fine.
[Turns to Sharon]
Will: Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he
[gestures to Lewis]
Will: gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Cause they lose. If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so god damn always?
Sharon: Hey!
Will: [Turns to Louis] And with a straight face, you’re gonna tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The UK. France. Italy. Germany. Spain. Australia… Belgium! has freedom… 207 sovereign states in the world, like 180 of ’em have freedom.
Moderator: Alright…
Will: [Looks at Jenny] And, yeah, you… sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know. One of them is: There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending – where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the FUCK you’re talking about!… Yosemite?
[Stunned silence]
Will: … It sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws – for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not on poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest. We built great, big things, made ungodly technological advanced, explored the universe, cured diseases and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists AND the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it. It didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed… by great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.