Denzel Washington – One of the Most Eye Opening Speeches Ever

You’ve invested a lot in your Education, and people have invested in you, and let me tell you, the world needs your talents, and does it ever The world needs a lot and we need it from you. We really do.

We need it from you, young people, I mean I’m, not speaking for the rest of us up here, but I know I’m, getting a little grayer. We need this from you, the young people because remember this, so you got to get out there.

You got to give it everything you got whether it’s, your time, your talent, your prayers or your treasures. Because remember this, you will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse. I’ll say it again. You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse,

You can’t, take it with you., The Egyptians tried it and all they got was robbed. So the question is: What are you going to do with what you have? I’m, not talking about how much you have Some of you are business majors.

Some of you are theologians nurses, sociologists. Some of you have money. Some of you have patients. Some of you have kindness, some of you have loved Some of you have the gift of long-suffering whatever it is.

Whatever your gift is. What are you going to do with what you have Fail, big, That’s right fail. Big Today is the beginning of the rest of your life, and it can be couldn’t, be very frightening. It’s, a new world out there, It’s a mean world out there and you only live once so.

Do what you feel passionate about passionate about, Take chances professionally, Don’t be afraid to fail. There’s an old IQ test was nine dots and you had to draw five lines with a pencil within these nine dots Without lifting the pencil.

The only way to do it was to go outside the box, So don’t be afraid to go outside the box. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to fail big to dream. Big but remember dreams without goals Are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment, So have dreams but Have goals.

Life goals, yearly goals, monthly goals, daily goals. I try to give myself a goal every day, sometimes just to not curse, somebody out simple goals, but have goals and understand That to achieve these goals, You must apply discipline and consistency.

In order to achieve your goals, you must apply discipline, which you were already done, and consistency every day, not just want to sleep and miss a few days. You have to work at it. Every day you have to plan. Every day. You’ve heard the saying we don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan.

Hard work, works. Working really hard is what successful people do and in this text, tweet twerk world that you’ve grown up in remember that just because you’re doing a lot more doesn’t mean you’re, getting a lot more done. Remember that. Just because you’re doing a lot more doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot more done.

Don’t confuse movement with progress. My mother told me you can run in place all the time and never get anywhere. So continue to strive, continue to have goals, continue to progress. I found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks.


Nelson Mandela said there is no passion to be found playing small and settling for a life that’s less than the one you’re capable of living. You know I’m sure that in your experiences in school and applying to college and picking your major and deciding what you want to do with your life that people have told you to make sure you have something to fall back on. Make sure you got something to fall back on.

I never understood that concept. Having something to fall back on. If I’m going to fall, I don’t want to fall back on anything except my faith.

I want to fall forward. I figure at least this way I’ll, see what I’m going to hit. Fall forward.

Reggie Jackson struck out 26 hundred times in his career, the most in the history of baseball, But you don’t hear about the strikeouts.

Remember the home runs. Fall forward.

Thomas Edison did one thousand failed experiments, and you know that I didn’t know that, because the one thousand and first was the light bulb. Forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.

You’ve got to take risks and I’m sure you’ve, probably heard that before. But I want to talk to you about why that’s important. I got three reasons and then you can pick up your iPhone’s. First, You will fail at some point in your life.

Accept that you will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will suck at something. There’s, no doubt about it, and I know that’s, probably not a traditional message for a graduation ceremony. But I’m telling you to embrace it because it’s inevitable And I should know in the acting business.

You fail all the time early on. In my career. I auditioned for a part in a Broadway musical. Perfect role for me, I thought, except for the fact that I can’t sing. I didn’t get the job, But here’s the thing; I didn’t quit, I didn’t fall back.

I walked out of there to prepare for the next audition and the next audition and the next audition. I prayed. I prayed and I prayed, but I continued to fail and fail and fail, but it didn’t matter, because you know what? There’s an old saying, “You hang around the barbershop long enough sooner or later you’re going to get a haircut.”

So you will catch a break and I did catch a break. Last year. I did a play called Fences on Broadway. It won the Tony Award and I didn’t have to sing by the way, But here’s, the kicker; it was at the Court Theatre. It was at the same theatre that I failed that first audition 30 years prior.

The point is every graduate has the training and the talent to succeed, But do you have the guts to fail?

Here’s my second point about failure.

If you don’t fail, you’re, not even trying. I’ll, say it again. If you don’t fail, You’re, not even trying. My wife told me this great expression, “To get something you never had. You have to do something you never did.”

Les Brown’s, a motivational speaker made an analogy about this. He says, “Imagine you’re on your deathbed and standing around your deathbed are the ghosts representing your unfulfilled potential, the ghosts of the ideas you never acted on, the ghosts of the talents you didn’t use and they’re standing around your bed angry, disappointed and upset.

“They say we came to you because you could have brought us to life and now we have to go to the grave together.”

So I ask you today, how many ghosts are going to be around your bed when your time comes?

Not only take risks but to be open to life, to accept new views and to be open to new opinions. To be willing to speak at the commencement at one of the best universities in the country, even though you’re scared, stiff.

Well, it may be frightening. It will also be rewarding because the chances you take, the people you meet the people you love, the faith that you have is what’s going to define you. Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you got and when you fall throughout life just remember this: fall forward. Say thank you but with grace.

Thank you for your mercy. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for your wisdom. Thank you for your parents. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for your humility. Thank you for your peace. Thank you for your prosperity.

Say thank you in advance for what’s already yours. How I live my life. That’s one of the reasons why I am how I am today. Say thank you in advance, for what is already yours, true desire in the heart for anything good.

Is God’s, proof to you to indicate that it’s yours already, I’ll, say it again, True desire in the heart, that itch that you have whatever it is. You want to do that thing that you want to do to help others to grow and to make money, that desire, that itch.

Anything you want that’s good you can have, so claim it. Work hard to get it. When you get it reach back to pull someone else up.

Each one teaches one another. Don’t just aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference. You’ve invested a lot in your education and people have invested in you, and let me tell you, the world needs your talents. The world needs a lot more and we also need it from you.

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It is said that with age comes wisdom. As a "senior" I would candidly say that were I able to live my life over again but retain all of the lessons that I have learned in my life, then the new, young me would enjoy a very different life than that which I have enjoyed. Experiences (good and bad) teach us life's lessons if you apply them. My intention with this blog is to provide a constant source of wisdom to you, gentle reader, in the hope that you can avoid some or more of life's mistakes and thus enjoy a better quality of life. My sources are global because applied wisdom is what counts.

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