Everything has been a learning experience for me and I take everything as a learning experience and I look to grow from it, and you know what? That’s why I keep growing. So stripping that all back to the start of your career, a man with a dream, training in the gym day in day out, somebody said to you you’ll have or you’ll be as successful as you are now what would you have said back then? I believe you that’s what I would have said because I did believe. I believed in it. I had very few people who told me that. I had a small small small group of people that would tell me something like that. Other than that it was just me telling myself so if someone come up to me and told me all the way back then, I’d say you’re damn right. 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 scale again fail better. When I was a teenager I read some words that I found extremely powerful that I’ve been carrying with me ever since and those words were from our 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt so just indulge me for a second. It is not the critic who counts not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood who strives valiantly, who airs, who comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming but who does always actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasms the great devotions who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. I’m here tonight to tell you your critics do not count their words will fade, you won’t.
Stay foolish stay hungry dream work hard and who knows maybe someday you’ll find yourself standing on a stage, and maybe someday somebody will be giving you an award calling you an innovator we know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices and I have to say growing up I made quite a few myself Sometimes I wrote off my own failings and just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. I had a tendency sometimes to make excuses for me not doing the right thing. But one of the things that all of you have learned over the last four years is there’s no longer any room for excuses I understand there’s a common fraternity creed here at Morehouse.
Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness but we’ve got no time for excuses. Not because the bitter legacy of slavery and segregation have banished entirely they have not. Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist, we know those are still out there It’s just that in today’s hyper-connected, hyper competitive world with millions of young people from China and India and Brazil many of whom started with a whole lot less than all of you did, all of them entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything that you have not earned.
Nobody cares how tough your bringing was. Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination and moreover you have to remember that whatever you’ve gone through, it pales in comparison to the hardships previous generations endured and they overcame them and if they overcame them you can overcome them too. I would say to continue to work hard and don’t give up on your goals and I know for me like I said I grew up watching my family struggle and I grew up with family that was successful but not born successful and I believe with hard work and with a goal and love and positivity then eventually we’re going to be fine I believe and I learned very young from parents from my parents absolutely that you don’t try to build a wall, you don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.
You don’t start there. You say I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. There will not be one brick on the face of the earth that’s going to be laid better than this brick that I’m going to lay in this next ten minutes and you do that every single day and soon you have a wall and I think psychologically the advantage that that gives me over a lot of people that I have been in competition with in different situations is it’s difficult to take the first step when you look how big the task is.
The task is never huge to me, it’s always one brick. I honestly I honestly believe that if you’re if you’re focused and passionate and driven, you can achieve anything you want to achieve in life because I honestly believe that because you’ll figure it out. And this year was the first year as I said to myself, E.T., enough is enough, right? Look, yesterday yesterday I made my last excuse yesterday and I’m talking to somebody the reason why you have not become successful the reason why you are not like a locomotive the reason why you’re not having success in your life is because every single day you’ve got an excuse and I need you to do me a favor, I made my last excuse yesterday, my last reason I came out with my last reason yesterday of why I can’t do what I’m supposed to do and so I need you to do me a huge favor, all your excuses, all your good reasons everything that’s keeping you from doing what you’re supposed to do, I need you to put it behind you and say yesterday was the last day for that foolishness, yesterday was the last day to say I don’t have enough money to do this, I don’t have enough money to go to school, I don’t have enough money to get a computer, I don’t have what it takes, I’m not smart enough, right? I don’t write well enough, I don’t sing well enough, that’s why I didn’t do my CD I didn’t write my book because I’m not on that level, listen to me, you better hear what I’m saying yesterday was the last day that I want to hear an excuse it’s over with. Whatever it is doesn’t work out get up.
I lost two elections, I was the youngest former governor in American history after the Reagan landslide, I had one guy appointed to the cabinet walk across Main Street in Laurel Rock to avoid being seen shaking hands with me for fear that the guy that beat me would fire him. That was a humbling experience and I think you got to realize there’s no personal ambition you have which can be extinguished by anybody else. Only you by giving up your dreams can extinguish them and if it doesn’t work out exactly like you intended, it’ll still take you someplace interesting and you’ll make a difference. So my advice is what George said don’t be afraid to fail but you probably will whether you are afraid to or not and it’s scary, you just got to get up.
The world belongs to tomorrow not yesterday. Don’t give anybody else permission to take your life away just keep living and keep giving. I really wanted to show people how much hard work it takes, the ins and outs and how really you don’t have to be born into a situation you don’t have to come from something or possess something or look flawless even though I like looking like this sometimes you can just be you and have a dream and plant the seed and water the root The other thing is that you got to work your butt off. If you think that you’re going to go and accomplish something really special and be the best in anything in the world, and you think you can do it without working you make a big mistake because no matter what I did, if it was in bodybuilding or in acting or if it is in the political arena, it always took a lot a lot of work and you got to put out and you got to make a lot of sacrifices notice if you’re not willing to work hard, forget about it so there’s another rule that is very important I think another one is that don’t be afraid to fail because if you’re afraid to fail then you’re always holding yourself back because you’re afraid that if you go all out you may fail.
Well in weightlifting we learned it very quickly, the only way you could break the record is if you’re willing to fail that’s when you put on more weight, you try it sometimes you maybe don’t you would not be able to lift it which has happened to me many times but eventually when you train hard enough you will lift it so don’t be afraid to fail you I mean how far can you fall Subscribe for more study motivation! you .