Motivational Speech Practice

I have always thought about the question,
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
And after 12 years of contemplation, I have come to the conclusion that I would like to be a Motivational Speaker. So I decided to practice. I took some of my ideas from the nike motivational video called "Rise and Shine, Welcome to the Grind" Here is my practice speech, inspired by that video.

Leave No Dream Behind
Lauren Kennedy
What do you want in life? Just ask yourself that, you don’t need to come up with the answer right away, just think. Never let anybody tell you that you can't. Never let anybody tear you apart. I know it may seem hard now, but the only person that is stopping you is yourself.

One step toward living your dreams is to become friends with yourself. Becoming friends with yourself can give you Confidence, Honesty, Trustworthiness, Respect, Humbleness, and many more qualities that can help you live your life to the greatest potential. It doesn’t matter how many tiny voices inside your head tell you otherwise, because everyone starts somewhere. Just Start. You can only achieve your dreams if you are sure of yourself. If you can accept who you are, if you can accept the fact that you do and will make mistakes, if you can accept that one day you will get there. And the only way to do that is, to Believe.

Believe in who you are and who you can be. You can only pursue your dreams when you have the drive and determination to do so. Don't listen to the thousands of thoughts racing through your mind telling you can’t do it. Because you can. You have always been able to. Now, it the time to start the journey. Because the remainder of your journey will only be against yourself. You will only feel satisfied at the end. When you can genuinely tell yourself, “I did It!” and feel proud. Because in the end, you have something to be proud of, you have always had something to be proud of, and that is... you!
Now is the time, leave no dream behind.

Some important points I took from the video were:

“Calm the thoughts that tell you, you aren’t good enough. Believe in the ones that tell you, you belong.” – Lauren Kennedy


  1. Oh, Kid:

    You would be a GREAT motivational speaker! I always feel better when I'm around you. Isn't that cool? You are only twelve, but you make other people feel special! That's what's so amazing about you.


    How awesome would that be?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!

    Hint: Really awesome. Really, really awesome!

    Another tip: You said that you learned a few lessons from the Nike video -- but you didn't ever mention what those tips were -- or highlight where you used those tips in your own speech. Remember that a part of reflecting is noticing where you are using lessons that you are learning.

    Make sense?
    Mr. F


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