Success is what we make of our opportunities. Sometimes, however, we need a little dose of inspiration to help us run that extra mile. While inspiration can come in different forms and shapes, words have an infinite power over anything else to move us. Such life-changing speeches delivered by successful people can motivate us to a great extent.
Of course, books can do the same to a great extent, but listening to someone say something powerful and impactful at the same time is a totally different experience. Especially in such testing times, we all need a bit of inspiration to move forward.
So, here are a few such speeches that you can find online and feel motivated to do better.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Tells His Rules of Success
This fantastic speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger garnered millions of views across the globe. With its simple yet powerful throw, Arnie’s words have the capacity to stir something deep within you.
The main takeaways of his speech were:
1) Have goals, purpose, and visions.
2) Don’t listen to the naysayers or doubters.
3) We have to work our ass off and advertise.
4) Don’t have a backup plan. We function better if there is no safety net. 5) Never doubt yourselves.
6) Everyone fails, and losers stay down. To be a winner, we have to fail, and we never have to be afraid of failing. But we should rise up instead of staying down, and we have to do this continuously.
7) Being relaxed and giving it everything we have is the best way to perform.
8) Help out others and give back to the world.
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech
In 2005, this outstanding speech was delivered by the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. Take a look at a short excerpt from it:
“Sometimes, life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.“
The significant things that were the highlights of his memorable speech were his advice towards the young generation,
- Believe the dots will connect
- Find your passion, don’t settle for less
- Don’t make your decisions/live life based on what other people think
- Stay hungry, stay foolish
Jeff Bezos at Princeton
The founder of Amazon delivered this speech as a baccalaureate remark to graduates from Princeton University on May 30, 2010. Some of the excerpts from it are as follows:
“Your smarts will come in handy because you will travel to a land of marvels. We humans — plodding as we are — will astonish ourselves. We’ll invent ways to generate clean energy and a lot of it. Atom by atom, we’ll assemble tiny machines that will enter cell walls and make repairs. This month comes the extraordinary but also inevitable news that we’ve synthesized life. In the coming years, we’ll not only synthesize it, but we’ll engineer it to specifications. I believe you’ll even see us understand the human brain. Jules Verne, Mark Twain, Galileo, Newton — all the curious from the ages would have wanted to be alive most of all right now. As a civilization, we will have so many gifts, just as you as individuals have so many individual gifts as you sit before me.
How will you use these gifts? And will you take pride in your gifts or pride in your choices?”…
Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?
I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. “
All these are available online, and you can listen for yourself and get inspired everyday.
I would like to finish by quoting Bezos here,
“We are our choices. Build yourself a great story!”