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Don’t Wait – Peter Dinklage Motivational Speech

Motivational commencement speech by Peter Dinklage for Bennington College’s Class of 2012

When I was 29, I told myself: the next acting job I get, no matter what it pays, I will, from now on, for better or worse, be a working actor.

At 29, walking away from data processing, I was terrified.

10 years in a place without heat, 6 years at a job I felt stuck in. Maybe I was afraid of change.

I got a low-paying theatre job in a play called Imperfect Love. Which led to other roles, which led to other roles. And I’ve worked as an actor ever since.

Raise the rest of your life to meet you. Don’t search for defining moments because they will never come. The moments that define you have already happened. And they will already happen again.

You just get a bit derailed. But soon something starts to happen, trust me. A rhythm sets in. Just try not to wait until, like me, you’re 29 before you find it. And if you are, that’s fine too. Some of us never find it. But you will, I promise you.

Don’t wait until they tell you you are ready.

The world might say you are not allowed to yet. I waited a long time out in the world before I gave myself permission to fail. Please, don’t even bother asking, don’t bother telling the world you are ready. Show it. Do it.

What did Beckett say? Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter… Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

The world is yours. Treat everyone kindly and light up the night.

Thank you so much for having me here.

View the full commencement address here


No man is an island – Sylvester Stallone

Video Transcript:

I had like $106 in the bank. Like I said, I had to sell my dog. Things were not looking very, very good. My $40 car had just blown up, so I was taking a bus to work.

I had no film history, no real film knowledge. I was just working from, I guess, instinct. I knew this was like the moment of truth. They said, “Sylvester, are you ready?” I said, “No, but Rocky is.”

So often, I had gone to fight films or sporting films. Yes, we’re going to go out there, we’re going to knock them out. You’re going to win. I said, “No, I’m not going to win. I’m going to get destroyed. But if I can just be lucid, if I can still be standing on my feet, you know what? Then Life isn’t so bad.”

I think, again, symbolically, at the very end of our lives, if we can still say you know, we were never humbled. We were knocked down but we got up, and I can say I lived life with integrity, and I took all the blows, and I still prevailed. I think that’s a good epitaph for anyone. That’s what I try to capture in this film.

But more importantly, you can’t be alone. To really succeed, no man really is an island. When you find the right components in your life, the right people that gel with you, then you feel as though you’re invincible.

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Beautiful & Amazing Oscar Speech – Viola Davis

Beautiful & amazing Oscar Acceptance Speech by Viola Davis at the 89th Academy Awards on 26th Feb 2017 | Best Supporting Actress – Fences as Rose Maxson

Thank you to the Academy.

You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard.

People ask me all the time. What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost.

I became an artist, and thank God I did. Because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So, here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people. And to Bron Pictures, Paramount, Macro, Todd Black, Molly Allen, Scott Rudin for being the cheerleaders. For a movie that is about people. And words. And Life and forgiveness and grace.

And to Michael T. Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney for being the most wonderful artists I’ve ever worked with. And oh captain, my captain, Denzel Washington.

Thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat: August and God. And they served you well. And to Dan and May Alice Davis, who were and are the centre of my universe, the people who taught me good or bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, how to lose.

My parents ― I’m so thankful that God chose you to bring me into this world. To my sisters, my sister Dolores, who was here, who played Jaji and Jaja with me. We were rich white women in the tea party games. Thank you for the imagination. And to my husband and my daughter. My heart, you and Genesis. You teach me every day how to live, how to love, I’m so glad that you are the foundation of my life. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you.


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Start by Serving Yourself. End by Serving Others – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

When you are on an airplane, before take-off, the flight attendant always says… “In the event of an emergency, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. If you are travelling with a child, or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on FIRST, and then assist the OTHER person.”

See, Life is just like this. Before you try to go and help somebody else, you got to first HELP YOURSELF. You got to SECURE YOURSELF. Some people may call it selfish, but if you are panting, and hyperventilating in Life, and you are trying to go and help somebody else – I don’t care how good your intentions. Chances are, you are both not going to make it.

See, there is a REASON they say, “Secure your mask FIRST, BEFORE helping even children.” That is how important it is for you to be stable first. Because once you are stable, THEN you can help the child. You can help the old lady, the old man, the teenager.

What I am trying to say is that in Life, to be the most help to others, you got to take the time to secure your own mask. To secure yourself financially, mentally, physically, and most importantly, spiritually. That means you got to leave friends, family. Turn off the game, the award shows. And just be with yourself.

Because see, in the operating room, ain’t no visitors allowed. No guests, no friends, no family. Why? Because the patient is undergoing a transformation. Well, in that same way, you must get by yourself, if you want to transform into your best version.

But let me finish with this. After you have your mask properly secured, and you are able to breath, it becomes your obligation, your duty, to help others, secure their mask. So ain’t nothing wrong with being selfish in the beginning. But make sure the end game, is to be selfless.

Because to be the only one breathing on a plane, while everybody else is unconscious, will surely put you on a crash course – for loneliness and disaster.

Peace ☮

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Why Do We Fall? – Alfred & Prison Escape

Why Do We Fall? Batman Begins – Alfred Pennyworth

Video Transcript:

Bruce: What have I done, Alfred? Everything my family… my father built…

Alfred: The Wayne legacy is more than bricks and mortar, sir.

Bruce: I wanted to save Gotham. I failed.

Alfred: Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.

Bruce: You still haven’t given up on me.

Alfred: Never.

Why Do We Fall? – Dark Knight Rises – Prison Escape

Video Transcript:

Prisoner 1: He says the leap to freedom is not about strength.

Bruce: My body makes the jump

Blind Prisoner: Survival is the spirit. The soul.

Bruce: My soul is as ready to escape as my body.

Blind Prisoner: Fear is why you fail.

Bruce: No, I’m not afraid. I’m angry.

Thomas Wayne: Bruce, why do we fall?

Blind Prisoner: You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.

Bruce: Why?

Blind Prisoner: How can you move faster than possible? Fight longer than possible? Without the most powerful impulse of the spirit. The fear of death.

Bruce: I do fear death. I fear dying in here while my city burns with no one there to save it.

Blind Prisoner: Then make the climb.

Bruce: How?

Blind Prisoner: As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.

Prisoner: Ah, supplies for your journey? Oh, that’s…that’s wonderful, that’s…

Prisoners’ Chanting: Deshi deshi basara basara… Deshi deshi basara basara…

Bruce: What does that mean?

Prisoner: Rise.

Bruce: No.

Prisoners’ Chanting: Deshi deshi basara basara… Deshi deshi basara basara… Deshi deshi basara basara… Deshi deshi basara basara………………..


Why Do We Fall – Motivational Video

Born In Darkness – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

Success, guys, is a very, very lonely road, man. Very few people are willing to endure: the pain, the sacrifices or intelligence to be successful. It’s an uphill battle…and along that road, you’re not going to see too many friends. You’re going to see your shadow most often.

You gotta trust in the heart of hearts, inside that what you’re doing, what you believe in is a worthy cause and a winnable fight. See, the thing is for many people – they’ve tried the same path that you’re on… and they failed.

As you walk this journey you’re going to see carcasses all over the place. People that didn’t quite have it…And that should inspire you because you got further than that person and that person. But you’re not looking to get further than them, you’re looking to finish. But how do you know you’re on the right path? Where do you go to ensure that?

Success – many will love you for it. The majority will hate you. Because your success… makes them feel insufficient in their current endeavour. Reminds them of where they could’ve done it but came up short and how they didn’t revisit it, where they went at it and failed and tells you what stood and never revisit it again. The difference between a winner and a loser – the failure is there every time, but just the winner gets back up and does it again and does it again until it goes his way. So now you’re down that path and you’re all alone…but how do you know you’re on the right path? How do you know what you’re doing is in the right direction?

It’s not the title that makes you, it’s not the success that makes you. It’s the character that defines the success and defines the fame and it starts right there. Championships aren’t won in the theatre or the arena. They are won in the thousands of hours in a training room and the laps and the 5 A.M. runs in the rain when everyone else is sleeping. That’s where it’s won. The heart of a champion… is a light switch that’s always on – it doesn’t go on and off when someone’s watching – it’s constant. It’s how you look at something if your name is attached to it – and you do it right – the best of your ability every single time.

Victory has defeated you. May I remind you? You adopted the dark. Mean that you practiced in the dark and was born in the dark. Shaped by the dark. Moulded by the dark. Some of you are soft! But you were born in the dark, and now you’re soft. Every time you come up to a challenge, you quit! You surrender! You give up! You give in! Every single thing I go through, I remember I was homeless, and I draw from it! Every single time I’m going through pain, I remember that I’ve gone through pain since I was a kid. I draw from it! Recycle your pain!

…’and the last pick is’… They didn’t call my name… told me it was over. But I’ve been deaf since I was three… so I didn’t listen.

Get something from it! You already in pain! Use it! Do something with it! Allow it to take you to the next level! Allow your pain to push you to greatness! Some of you, your success has messed you up! You’re so successful, now you soft! Your success has not benefited you! You’ve not grown as a result of being successful! You’ve lost your bite! You’re not hungry anymore! Your success is damaging you!

Are you hearing me? Some of you have been knocked out by life! And you got up and saw the blood, and *sobbing* “He hit me!” Sometimes in life, you have to HIT BACK!

It’s not always gonna be easy! They’re not gonna give it to you! They’re not going to give you success! They’re not going to put it on a platter! But if you’re willing to work for it! If you’re willing to put the sweat! The blood! The tears! If you’re willing to earn it! They don’t give away Bentleys! They’re never on sale!


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Destiny – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why – Mark Twain.

I do not believe, that any of us have dreams, that were not given to us, for the purpose of accomplishing those particular dreams.

If you feel you have something to give, if you feel that your particular talent is worth developing, is worth caring for… then there’s nothing you can’t achieve.

So I applaud you, for your dreaming, for your running toward your dream. I applaud you for believing in yourself, because that’s what life is about. Stretching and challenging, looking for ways that you can begin to improve yourself.

Not only it is possible for you to have your dream, but it’s necessary. It’s necessary, that you go for what is yours in the universe.

Logical, practical thinking says, you can’t do it today. But if you want to produce unreasonable results in your life, like living your dream and taking charge of your destiny, you’ve got to be an unreasonable person.

When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is. Your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader. Once you discover one simple fact: “Everything around you, that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you”. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

If it’s hard, why do people do it? Why did they go? People who climb mountains. Why would Nelson Mandela give up 26 years of his life? Why do people do that? Even though it’s hard… It’s worth it. It’s worth it! The people who go after their stuff, what makes it worth it? It’s got to be your passion. You got to love it and it’s got to be what you are supposed to do! You do what it is you supposed to do. You supposed to build something, you supposed to create something. “I don’t know how to do it”, LEARN!

Let me share something with you, history is being read but it is also being written, by people with imagination. Don’t stop. Don’t stop. Don’t stop running toward your dream!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.


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Do What Makes You Great – Charlie Day Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

But my lesson is this: I don’t give a shit. Okay?

You cannot let a fear of failure, or a fear of comparison, or a fear of judgement, stop you from doing what’s going to make you great. You cannot succeed without this risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism, and you cannot love without the risk of loss. You must go out and you must take these risks.

And people will tell you to do what makes you happy, but a lot of this has been hard work, and I’m not always happy. And I don’t think you should do just what makes you happy. I think you should do what makes you great.

Do what’s uncomfortable, and scary, and hard, but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail. Let yourself fail. Fail in the way and the place where you would want to fail. Fail, pick yourself up and fail again. Because without this struggle, what is your success anyway?

As best we know we have one life. In it, you have to trust your own voice, your own ideas, your honesty, your vulnerability, and through this you will find your way.

You do not have to be fearless, just don’t let fear stop you. Live like this as best you can and I guarantee you will look back on a life well lived.

Everybody dies, but not everybody lives – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

It is not death most people are afraid of. It is getting to the end of life, only to realize that you never truly lived.Tweet: It is not death most people are afraid of. It is getting to the end of life, only to realize that you never truly lived.

There was a study done, a hospital study on 100 elderly people facing death close to their last breath. They were asked to reflect about their life’s biggest regret. Nearly all of them said they regretted not the things they did, but the things they didn’t do. The risks they never took, the dreams they didn’t pursue.

I ask you would your last words be; if only I had – hey, you, wake up! Why do you exist? Life is not meant to simply work, wait for the weekend and pay rent. No, no I don’t know much. But I know this, every person on this earth has a gift.

And I apologize to the black community, but I can no longer pretend. Martin Luther King… That man never had a dream, that dream had him.

See people don’t choose dreams, dreams choose them. So the question I’m getting to is, do you have the courage to grab the dream that picked you? That befit you and grips you; or will you let it get away and slip through?

You know I learned a fact about airplanes the other day. This was – this was so surprising see. I was talking to a pilot and he told me that many of his passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in. But he said actually… it is a lot more dangerous for a plane to stay on the ground. I say what? Like how does that sound what he said, he said because on the ground. The plane starts to rust. Malfunction and wear, much faster than it ever would if it was in the air.

As I walked away I thought, yeah, makes total sense because planes were built to live in the skies. And every person was built to live out the dream they have insideTweet: Every person was built to live out the dream they have inside. So it is perhaps the saddest loss to live a life on the ground without ever taking off.

See most of us are afraid of the thief, that comes in the night to steal all of our things. But there is a thief in your mind who is after your dreams. His name is doubt. If you see him call the cops and keep him away from the kids because he is wanted for murder. For he has killed more dreams than failure ever did. He wears many disguises and like a virus will leave you blinded, divided and turn you into a kinda.

See kinda is lethal. You know what kinda is? There is a lot of kinda people, you kinda want a career change, you kinda want to get straight A’s, you kinda want to get in shape. Simple math, no numbers to crunch. If you kinda want something, then you will kinda get the results you want.

What is your dream? What ignites that spark? You can’t kinda want that. You got to want it with every part of your whole heart. Will you struggle? Yeah… yeah you will struggle, no way around it. You will fall many times, but who’s counting? Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth mountain. If you want to make it to the top then, there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over. There will be times you get stressed and things you get depressed over.

But let me tell you something. Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times, three times but he kept going. The television execs fired Oprah, said she wasn’t fit for TV but she kept going. Critics told Beyoncé that she couldn’t sing. She went through depression. But she kept going.

Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness. That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it. Because pain is life, but you can choose what type? Either the pain on the road to success, or the pain of being haunted with regret.

You want my advice? Don’t think twice. We have been given a gift that we call life. So don’t blow it. You’re not defined by your past. Instead you were born anew in each moment. So own it now. Sometimes you’ve gotta leap. And grow your wings on the way down. You better get the shot off before the clock runs out, cos there ain’t no overtime in life, no do over. And I know I sound like I’m preaching on speaking with force but if you don’t use your gift, then you sell not only yourself, but the whole world… Short.

So what invention do you have buried in your mind? What idea? What cure? What skill did you have inside to bring out to this universe? Uni meaning one, verse meaning song, you have a part to play in this song. So grab that microphone and be brave. Sing your heart out on life’s stage. You cannot go back and make a brand new beginning. But you can start now and make a brand new ending.Tweet: You cannot go back and make a brand new beginning. But you can start now and make a brand new ending.


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Resiliency – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

You can write anything down if you want to. Be brave enough to write every one of your goals down, but I’m goanna tell you something. Life going to hit you in your mouth and you got to do me a huge favour.
Your why has to be greater than that knockdown.Tweet: Your why has to be greater than that knockdown
And I love it. Buster Douglas got knockdown. Nobody ever got knocked down by Mike Tyson and ever got back up.

It was almost a ten count, he was stumbling. 4, 3, 2, 1 and ding ding ding, saved by the bell. He goes to his corner, and the whole world is like “Yupe, that’s it. Once he comes back out, that’s it.” Mike is just gonna hammer him. And exactly that, Mike Tyson came out like – I got him. I got this kid up against the rope.

Listen to me, many of you right now, Life’s got you up against the rope. You can’t give up, you can’t give in. Listen to me, if it was easy everybody would do it. And if Life got you backed up, I need you to do it, what Buster Douglas did. Buster Douglas start fighting back!

And the world was shocked! Goliath has been knocked down, “what happened?” And they went to Buster Douglas, and they asked Buster Douglas simply like “what happened?” And Buster Douglas said: “Listen to me, it’s really simple. Before my mother died, she told the whole world that I was going to beat Mike Tyson. And two days before the fight, my mother died.” Buster Douglas had a decision to make. When his mother died, he can die with his mother, or he made a decision, I can wake up, and I can live for mum, and he knocked Mike Tyson out.

Simply because his why was greater than that punch. His why was greater than defeat! His why was greater than his trial and his tribulation. And I’m telling you, If you don’t know what your why is, and your why isn’t strong, you’re gonna get knocked out every single day!

James Buster Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson

Tribute to Muhammad Ali – Compilation of Ali’s Best Quotes


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