Every person makes a mistake and has the opportunity to learn from it. Adapting your life around the experiences makes you a better and more successful person. Knowing this, people tell their stories in the form of speeches to express an experience and motivate others.
Here is what we consider the best motivational speeches of all time:
Through his speech, Jobs speaks of struggles and triumph. He had a tumultuous life, where he was expected to graduate from college ever since his biological mother gave birth to him. However, Jobs found that there were things that made more sense to him at the time, and ended up co-founding Apple.
Interestingly, Jobs gave this particular speech only one year after diagnosed with cancer. He speaks of the limitations life has and how people need to define it so that it matters.
Of course, this does not mean that you should quit college to be successful. It is a story of one person who did not settle with the expectation of others, but re-defined the world of technology with the help of what he knew. He is now the person who created the popular iPhone and gave the number one motivational speech of all times!
Pacino’s speech is about winning and overcoming obstacles. As he says: ‘In either game life or football the margin for error is so small. I mean one-half step too late or too early you don’t quite make it. One-half second too slow or too fast and you don’t quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game, every minute, every second.”
At one point of her speech, Rowling says that it was a failure that made her follow her dream. Speaking about poverty and difficult life, she explains how a tough patch in the past made her write the Harry Potter novels. And it turned out to be amazing for us all, right?
Churchill gave one of the best motivational speeches of all times, and it does not only apply to that period. His words were “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
Gates points out that to him, academic life is actually a very important experience, speaking of his most precious memories there. But, he also speaks of the wider world and the opportunities that await, motivating students for ages to come.
Pink introduces the so-called ‘Candle Problem’, by attaching a candle to a wall with the help of a box of matches and thumbtacks. Then, he allows two groups to solve the problem, one of them told they are discovering norms, others offered money if in the top 25%. Results are shocking! That group offered money are actually slower than the others.
In addition to this, he speaks of a second speech that teaches how you cannot make people perform better with money. According to him, this is one of the most robust findings, but also the most ignored.
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