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DESIRE – Motivational Video

Transcript:

You heard me tell the story with the lion and the gazelle. You are still stuck; you are a gazelle. You are a gazelle. You need something to motivate you. What happens to the gazelle when the lion ain’t chasing him? What happens is: he did nothing. He stops running. Why? Because he always needs something external to motivate him.

There are a lot of people, you are not successful in life not because you ain’t got talent, not because you ain’t got skills, but your character ain’t right. And I told you this before, that if you are not careful, your talent will take you places that your character can’t keep you. So what’s your motive? The reason why you can’t get up at four o’clock in the morning, the reason why when I say ‘get up at six,’ you are looking at me like I’m crazy, is because you don’t have that thing that’s driving you, that’s pushing you to say no to your alarm clock and wake up; no to the snooze button. When you get that extra assignment, that extra lot, the reason why you can’t do it is because you don’t have the right motive that’s pushing the action. What’s your why?

Somebody came up to me and said: “ET man I’m tired. I put in the work ET I’m not seeing the results. I did what you told me to do; I read the book you told me to read, I put in the hours you told me to put in – E I’m doing it and I’m not seeing anything.”
Listen to me closely. Why do you do what you do? And that’s so important. It’s not enough just to be a doctor; you’ve got doctors who got terrible bedside manners, terrible. You got lawyers who are skilled but arrogant – we are talking about character right now. What’s your motive? What moves you? What drives you? And whatever it is – sports, life, business, whatever it is; health, listen to me very closely, you’ve got to change that Mindset.

Even in your action, while your action is good you got to ask what drives it? What guides it? What moves it? What’s the spirit behind it? What’s the reason behind it? What’s the purpose behind it? When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, when you ain’t got nothing left in your tank, you’ve got to think about the people in your life that you are doing this for. And then if you could think about them, you could go one more mile. You could go one more day at work. You can find a scholarship. Listen to me, when you are doing it for somebody else, when you are like that lion… If I don’t grind, if we don’t grind, if I don’t grind, they don’t eat!

This is it, I can’t – I wish I could back off but its fourth quarter. I wish I could tell you something else. I wish I could tell you, ‘You tired? Go take a break.’ I wish I could tell you, ‘You tired? Rest for a year.’ I wish I could tell you that it’s going to get easier – I wish I could tell you it’s going to get easier! I wish I could tell you that if you just keep going it’s going to get lighter; the weight is going to get lighter. I wish I could tell you that, but that’s not the truth.

The truth is, you got to find something within. You’ve got to find something within! And that’s got to push you! And that’s got to elevate you! And that’s got to drive you! And that’s got to move you! And when you find out what your why is – and your why’s got to be deeper than you – when you find your why, you don’t hit snooze no more. When you find your why, you find a way to make it happen.

It’s time for you to look within yourself and decide: that I’m in charge of my destiny, I’m in charge here. Time to face yourself and talk to yourself in the mirror. And I’m not going to allow anyone to turn me around, I am determined that I am going to make it. The time for just wishing is passed – the time for doing, that’s the time right now. Time for acting on your dream… find out what it is you want and go after it as if your life depends on it. We can decide to take charge of our own destiny; begin to truly live our dream.

Listen to me closely, when you get to the point where enough is enough, when you get to the point where it hurt real bad, when you get to the point you can’t take it no more, when you get to that point – I’m telling you… I can’t explain it to you but doors start opening, opportunities start happening. But what you cannot do is you cannot quit during the process, you cannot give up because it ain’t what you see. You cannot give up.

Champions keep going when they don’t have anything left in their tank. That’s the difference between the greats, that’s what separates them. When they don’t have no more, when it’s over, when they are tired, when they are frustrated, when they are ready to give up, when they’ve spent their last dime, that’s when they get started! Are you hearing me? It’s when you have nothing left; it’s when you’ve depleted all your money, when all your energy is gone, when you have nothing left, that’s when it’s show time. When you find a way out of no way, when you find breath that you do not have, when you find energy that did not exist, when you want this thing as bad as you want to breathe.

So I ask you … What do you intend to do now?

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Robin Williams Inspirational Movie Speech

Transcript:

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.
A doctor’s mission should be not just to prevent death but also to improve the quality of life. That’s why, you treat a disease, you win you lose, you treat a person, I guarantee you win no matter what the outcome.

So if I asked you about art you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo? You know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientation, the whole works, right? But I bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling. Seen that.

If I asked you about women you’d probably give me a syllabus of your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy.

I ask you about war, and you’d probably, uh, throw Shakespeare at me, right? “Once more into the breach, dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap and watched him gasp his last breath, looking to you for help.

And if I asked you about love you probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone could level you with her eyes. Feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel and to have that love for her to be there forever. Through anything. Through cancer. You wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting’ up in a hospital room for two months holding her hand because the doctors could see in your eyes that the term visiting hours don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself. I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much.

You know, as we come to the end of this phase of our life, we find ourselves trying to remember the good times and trying to forget the bad times. And we find ourselves thinking about the future. We start to worry, thinking, “What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?” But I say to you, “Hey, look at me!” Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… make a wish and think of me. And make your life spectacular. I know I did.

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Mateusz M – Motivational Video

Transcript:

I want to represent an idea
I want to represent the idea that
you really can make what you want
I want my life
I want my work
I want it to mean something
I want the world to be better because I was here
Every single day when you wake up, you got two options
You can look at the clock and hit the snooze
You can look at that snooze button
Boom you can hit the snooze button and go back to bed
And dream about what you want to have
You know watching MTV
Watching VET
Read magazines and dream about what you want to be
OR
You can look at the snooze button
Kick that clock and get up
And go pursue your dreams
Everyday you wake up you gotta start with that vision

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Video Mastermind:
Mateusz M

 

 

Awakening – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

Most of us go through life pretending that we don’t have any special goals or ambitions or desires when really deep down inside we do really want more.  We block ourselves and we use these words almost like we’re in a trance, like we’re sleep-walking through life, that we find ways to cancel out our dreams, that a lot of things that we want to do, a lot of places we would like to go, a lot of things we would like to experience, and we just stop at “but”.

“But” will cause you to hide out behind fear. “But” will cause you to come up with all types of excuses that you can validate your inaction and not acting on your dream. “But” is a dream-killer.

But most people, you know what they do?  Most people go through life quietly and safely tiptoeing to an early grave.  We’ve been holding back, we have ideas that we don’t act on, things that we want to do, we’re afraid to take chances.  See, a lot of people say no to things and they don’t even know what they’re saying no to!  Don’t allow “but” to keep you in the corner.

There’re a lot of people who say, “But I tried once,” or “twice,” “and it didn’t work out,” and so they use that as an excuse not to ever come out again.  Even if things don’t work out, even if I experience defeat or failure, that does not make me a failure.  There’s a difference between failing and being a failure.  If things don’t work out, if you don’t produce the results you want, that’s all, but don’t confuse who you are with the results that you produce.  Do what you can, where you are, with what you have, and never be satisfied.  Yeah, don’t get satisfied with yourself.  Always know that wherever you are, you can enjoy more, that you deserve more.  Why don’t you decide now that you gonna expand your world, that if other people can learn, you can learn, too.

If you’re working on you dream, sure they’re gonna be times when you’re gonna want to give up, sure there will be times when Life will knock you down and catch you on the blind side, but the challenge is to hold on.  And if you hold on tenaciously, I say the universe is on your side. See, if you don’t decide to act on your dream, if you don’t decide to make a decision to live your life, if you don’t decide to step into your fears, if you don’t decide to say yes to your life, it will never work for you. You’ve got to live what’s in you, life is too short and unpredictable.

But what do we say? “But there will always be tomorrow.” Oh, no. There’s no guarantees that you’re gonna show up tomorrow.  Always something there, to build a case on why you can’t move on, why you can’t grow to the next level, why you can’t begin to manifest your greatness, why you can’t begin to live life on your terms, that you’re gonna say “it’s not worth it.”  Yes, that’s going to be right there for you, it’s going to be in your face, telling you to go back.  So if you want to do something, if you’ve thought about something you want to do, take it head-on.  Life will never be the same again.

Live your dream.

Is it possible for you to have all your dreams become a reality in your lifetime? Yes, it is possible, but the real question you should be asking yourself: Have you made the decision?

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Video Mastermind:
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REVIVAL – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?

Forget everything else. Forget that there was any sunlight left. What would you spend today…thinking about? Yourself? Or the man that’s beside you?

We get one opportunity in life.

What if the job you have, is the only job you get this year? What if the relationship you’re in, what if that is the only relationship you get this year? What if what you have is all you get and you don’t get no more. What if they not give us more, then what we gonna do?

How many of you know, that if you had your life to live over again, you can do more than what you’ve done That proves a point. That what we do and what we accomplish in life is only a tip of the iceberg, what’s possible for us.

Based on all the evidence we have, we estimate you have 30 days left.

I refuse to die an unlived life.

If you die, this very moment. What will die with you? What dreams? What ideas? What talents? What leadership potential? What greatness that you showed up to brand. That you allowed fear and procrastination to hold you back. Only to realized that you’ve never lived, only to realized that you never scraped this surface of your potential.

It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, that we don’t go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, “Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radio, and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.” Well I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad!

See most people stop short of their dreams because of the rejections of life. You will always be rejected.

I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the Depression and the inflation and the crimes in the street. All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad. You’ve gotta say “I’M A HUMAN BEING, GOD DAMN IT! MY LIFE HAS VALUE!”

Whatever legacy you’re gonna leave. Leave your legacy. Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge effort.

Every time someone says ‘NO’ that brings you to another step…to a ‘YES’. You are getting closer, trust me. You will win, if you don’t quit.

So that team that thinks they’ve already seen you? They think what they’ve seen on film. They ain’t saw what film shows. Because every day is a new day. Every moment is a new moment. So now you got to go out and show them, that you’re a different creature, now!

Everybody got a dream. Everybody got a goal. The question is, when you wake up in the morning, what effort you’ll put in for?

If you died, this very moment. What will die with you? What dreams? What ideas? What talents? What greatness that you showed up to brand?

We get one opportunity in life…one chance in life.

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Video Mastermind:
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Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Transcript:

When I was 27 years old, I left a very demanding job in management consulting for a job that was even more demanding: teaching. I went to teach seventh graders math in the New York City public schools. And like any teacher, I made quizzes and tests. I gave out homework assignments. When the work came back, I calculated grades.

What struck me was that IQ was not the only difference between my best and my worst students. Some of my strongest performers did not have stratospheric IQ scores. Some of my smartest kids weren’t doing so well. And that got me thinking. The kinds of things you need to learn in seventh grade math, sure, they’re hard: ratios, decimals, the area of a parallelogram. But these concepts are not impossible, and I was firmly convinced that every one of my students could learn the material if they worked hard and long enough.

After several more years of teaching, I came to the conclusion that what we need in education is a much better understanding of students and learning from a motivational perspective, from a psychological perspective. In education, the one thing we know how to measure best is IQ. But what if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily?

So I left the classroom, and I went to graduate school to become a psychologist. I started studying kids and adults in all kinds of super challenging settings, and in every study my question was, who is successful here and why? My research team and I went to West Point Military Academy. We tried to predict which cadets would stay in military training and which would drop out. We went to the National Spelling Bee and tried to predict which children would advance farthest in competition. We studied rookie teachers working in really tough neighborhoods, asking which teachers are still going to be here in teaching by the end of the school year, and of those, who will be the most effective at improving learning outcomes for their students? We partnered with private companies, asking, which of these salespeople is going to keep their jobs? And who’s going to earn the most money? In all those very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn’t social intelligence. It wasn’t good looks, physical health, and it wasn’t IQ. It was grit.

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

A few years ago, I started studying grit in the Chicago public schools. I asked thousands of high school juniors to take grit questionnaires, and then waited around more than a year to see who would graduate. Turns out that grittier kids were significantly more likely to graduate, even when I matched them on every characteristic I could measure, things like family income, standardized achievement test scores, even how safe kids felt when they were at school. So it’s not just at West Point or the National Spelling Bee that grit matters. It’s also in school, especially for kids at risk for dropping out.

To me, the most shocking thing about grit is how little we know, how little science knows, about building it. Every day, parents and teachers ask me, “How do I build grit in kids? What do I do to teach kids a solid work ethic? How do I keep them motivated for the long run?” The honest answer is, I don’t know.

What I do know is that talent doesn’t make you gritty. Our data show very clearly that there are many talented individuals who simply do not follow through on their commitments. In fact, in our data, grit is usually unrelated or even inversely related to measures of talent.

So far, the best idea I’ve heard about building grit in kids is something called “growth mindset.” This is an idea developed at Stanford University by Carol Dweck, and it is the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with your effort. Dr. Dweck has shown that when kids read and learn about the brain and how it changes and grows in response to challenge, they’re much more likely to persevere when they fail, because they don’t believe that failure is a permanent condition.

So growth mindset is a great idea for building grit. But we need more. And that’s where I’m going to end my remarks, because that’s where we are. That’s the work that stands before us. We need to take our best ideas, our strongest intuitions, and we need to test them. We need to measure whether we’ve been successful, and we have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over again with lessons learned.

In other words, we need to be gritty about getting our kids grittier.

Thank you.

 

Official Source: TED

Contenders – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

If there is anything in Life that you don’t currently have right now
is because of who you are and how you think.
What I need you to do is,
I need you to find the reason to keep going.
And if you could find the reason to keep going,
I know you strong enough to do it because you are human.
And every human has what it takes
to get past whatever they are going through,
if they decide to…
Push through it.
Push through it.
Tragedy and trials come to everybody.
Only the strong survive.

Listen to me very closely.
You’re running from obstacles,
when in fact it’s the obstacles,
that’s gonna take you to the next level.
Like you’re running from pain!
You’re running from challenges!
You telling me how difficult your Life is.
Do you understand it is the difficulty
that’s gonna prepare you and take you to that next level?

To grow the individual will to become something,
you must get comfortable with fear and failure.
They must be your best friends.
They are the only ones that moves that needle of Life.

And the difference between a champion
and someone who is forgotten.
Is that a champions shows up.
That’s the only thing, everyday shows up.
Gives himself a chance to make a difference.
Because success doesn’t know these things
about cold or early or tired.
It just knows if you showed up or not.

For some of you when you do what you do,
you act as if you have another opportunity.
Every opportunity is the last opportunity!
You can’t just say you want it.
You can’t watch the video and say…
“I want this as bad as I want to breathe.”
It’s cute to say it
but when it’s ShowTime,
when the sun comes up,
you got all the books,
you got all the tapes,
you got all the access,
now it’s time to hunt!

If it was easy everybody would do it,
but if Life got you down, I need you to get up.
And prove them wrong.

It’s gonna rain sometimes,
I will.
You’re gonna feel discouraged sometimes.
I will.
No matter what the obstacles.
I will.
I will.
I WILL

A true hunter’s goal is not the prize.
A true hunter’s goal is to hunt.
That’s what they live for.
They live to hunt.
It’s the whole process.

~The journey to your dreams always starts from within~

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Video Mastermind:
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Ease is a Greater Threat to Progress than Hardship – Denzel Washington

Inspirational & Refreshing Acceptance Speech by Denzel Washington at the 48th NAACP Image Awards 2017 | Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington, Fences

Transcript:

Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, Edward Albee, August Wilson.

August Wilson is one of the greatest playwrights in the history of American or World theatre. It is a privilege, an honour, a responsibility, a duty and a joy to bring his brilliance to the screen.

I am particularly proud and happy about the young filmmakers, actors, singers, writers, producers that are coming up behind my generation, in particular Barry Jenkins. Young people understand, this young man made 10, 15, 20 short films before he got the opportunity to make Moonlight, so never give up. Without commitment you’ll never start but more importantly without consistency you’ll never finish.

It’s not easy. If it was easy, there’d be no Kerry Washington. If it was easy, there’d be no Taraji Henson. P. Henson. If it were easy, there’d be no Octavia Spencer. But not only that, if it were easy, there’d be no Viola Davis.

If it were easy, there’d be no Michael T Williamson. No Stephen McKinley Henderson. No Russell Hornsby.

If it were easy, there’d be no Denzel Washington.

So, keep working. Keep striving. Never give up. Fall down seven times, get up eight. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. So, keep moving, keep growing, keep learning. See you at work.

 

Make Your Own Uncool – Letter by Sol to Eva | Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch

Suffering from a creative block and self-doubt, Eva Hesse reach out to her friend Sol LeWitt on her predicament, and Sol responded with the following letter (Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch)

Dear Eva, April 14th,

Almost a month since you wrote to me and you have possibly forgotten your state of mind, I doubt it though. You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t!

Learn to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!

From your description, and from what I know of your previous work and your ability; the work you are doing sounds very good “Drawing – clean – clear but crazy like machines, larger and bolder… real nonsense.” That sounds fine, wonderful – real nonsense. Do more. More nonsensical, more crazy, more machines, more breasts, penises, cunts, whatever – make them abound with nonsense. Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety. And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end” You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!

I have much confidence in you and even though you are tormenting yourself, the work you do is very good. Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be. But if life would be easier for you if you stopped working – then stop. Don’t punish yourself. However, I think that it is so deeply engrained in you that it would be easier to DO!

It seems I do understand your attitude somewhat, anyway, because I go through a similar process every so often. I have an “Agonizing Reappraisal” of my work and change everything as much as possible and hate everything I’ve done, and try to do something entirely different and better. Maybe that kind of process is necessary to me, pushing me on and on. The feeling that I can do better than that shit I just did. Maybe you need your agony to accomplish what you do. And maybe it goads you on to do better. But it is very painful I know. It would be better if you had the confidence just to do the stuff and not even think about it. Can’t you leave the “world” and “ART” alone and also quit fondling your ego. I know that you or anyone can only work so much and the rest of the time you are left with your thoughts. But when you work or before your work you have to empty you mind and concentrate on what you are doing. After you do something it is done and that’s that. After a while you can see some are better than others but also you can see what direction you are going. I’m sure you know all that. You also must know that you don’t have to justify your work – not even to yourself. Well, you know I admire your work greatly and can’t understand why you are so bothered by it. But you can see the next ones and I can’t. You also must believe in your ability. I think you do. So try the most outrageous things you can – shock yourself. You have at your power the ability to do anything.

I would like to see your work and will have to be content to wait until Aug or Sept. I have seen photos of some of Tom’s new things at Lucy’s. They are impressive – especially the ones with the more rigorous form: the simpler ones. I guess he’ll send some more later on. Let me know how the shows are going and that kind of stuff.

My work had changed since you left and it is much better. I will be having a show May 4 – 29 at the Daniels Gallery 17 E 64th St (where Emmerich was), I wish you could be there. Much love to you both.

Sol

Don’t Wait – Peter Dinklage Motivational Speech

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

Transcript:
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.

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