1. The poem “Don’t Quit”
This simple, short, yet powerful message confronts us with the truth.
The key message: Never give up.
2. Why we do what we do and how to do it better
Tony Robbins gave his best 22-minute presentation at the TED conference in 2007. He asserts that fulfillment is an art. When people fail to achieve, they too often blame it on a lack of resources when the true cause is lack of resourcefulness. Tony gets us to think about the decisions we make that shape our destiny. He asks us, “What do we focus on? What does it mean? What do we do?” Tony shares a gripping story of what happened during his seminar in Hawaii on 9/11. More than 1.9 million people watched this video. Don’t miss it.
The key message: Decisions shape our destiny.
3. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent
When a middle-age Scottish woman walked on stage to sing “I Dreamed a Dream” on the show Britain’s Got Talent, the live audience was doubtful of her abilities because of her age and plain appearance. The audience laughed at her, but Susan, who sang in her Catholic parish’s choir for decades, showed unshakable confidence and said that she wanted to follow the example of Elaine Paige, a star performer. Born with a learning disability, Susan always dreamed of becoming a professional singer. The moment she sang the first few notes, the audience was spellbound by her masterful rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables. Within 24 hours, more than 3 million people watched her on YouTube. As of this week, this five-minute video has been watched more than 39 million times.
The key message: Authenticity is indomitable.
4. The oldest American to climb Mt. Everest
“Everybody can achieve more than they are presently contemplating,” says Werner Berger, who climbed Mt. Everest at age 69. Werner’s story shows that growing older doesn’t mean settling into a rocking chair; we all can, at any age, decide to pursue and achieve our biggest dreams. Watch this fascinating interview with Matt Lauer. Werner created a movie based on his experience, called “Meet Me at the Top.”
The key message: Visualization is stronger than realization.
5. Rocky’s inspirational speech to his son
In the movie Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone delivers a passionate speech to his son: “If you know what you're worth, go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that, and that ain't you. You're better than that.”
Sylvester’s life goal was not just to entertain people but to inspire them to achieve more. The first Rocky Balboa movie – Rocky – cost $1.1 million to produce and grossed more than $225 million worldwide.
The key message: “It ain’t about how hard you hit, but how much you can GET hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”
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