Our problems aren´t so unique as we think. Each problem you face already happened to someone else, and if you’re lucky, maybe “that someone” has written a book.
But today I’m not going to tell you about writers.
Today I’m going to tell you about someone who wrote the most motivational speech I’ve heard in a long time without being a writer.
Today I’m going to tell you about a little boy who grew up in a humble family, a bad student with a 1.7-grade point average in school. Someone who didn’t have it easy. Someone like me. Someone like you.
Today I’m going to tell you about the one and only Denzel Washington.
Mr. Washington was born in New York in 1954. He studied journalism, but life showed him at an early age his passion for acting.
His dream of being an actor was big. He was rejected time and time again at every casting call he applied-for.
Nobody on Broadway wanted to give him a chance because he didn´t know how to sing.
Nevertheless, he never gave up. He went to every casting he could. He wouldn’t let himself quit. You know what they say:
“If you spend enough time around a barbershop, sooner or later, you’re going to get a haircut.”
And he did it. He won two Oscars and three Golden Globes.
Denzel Washington is living proof that those who persist get it.
You have to take risks in this life if you want to be somebody.
A few days ago, I discovered a graduation speech he gave in college. I couldn’t discover what college it was, but that speech touched me inside. Realy Deep inside.
When I saw it, I decided to make this article and share it with all of you. Because that’s what life is all about: sharing, inspiring, helping each other.
In today’s article, we will review the five main points of the life philosophy of this great actor named Denzel Washington.
Are you ready? Let’s go.
Rule one: put God/Universe first in everything you do
As a young boy, Denzel was ashamed of his poor grades in school. He thought he would never make anything big.
One day in his mother’s beauty salon, a regular customer approached him and said:
“boy, bring me a piece of paper. I’m going to write a prophecy about you.”
He handed her a piece of paper, and the lady wrote down:
“Denzel will travel around the world and speak in front of millions of people.”
He couldn’t believe those good omens would come true. But they did come true. He traveled the world and spoke in front of millions of people, but the important thing is that he never forgot that moment.
I never forget that lady’s prophecy.
The universe has a plan for all of us. We must learn to trust. The universe will guide us on our yellow brick road to the city of Oz.
Rule two: fail big
You’re only going to live one life. It is worth the risk to live it in style.
Whatever you do, you’re going to have thousands of people doing the same thing as you. I don’t think there has ever been another era in history with more competition than this one.
It’s a fact that you’re going to have a tough time. That’s why dreaming big makes so much sense.
Dream big sets you apart from the rest. Dream big put you apart from the average. Dream big pushes you to think outside the box. Dream big forces you to innovate. Dreaming big will make you big. Dreaming small will make you mediocre.
Denzel insists that you have to differentiate yourself from your competition by dreaming big. But he also reminds us that dreams without goals are just dreams.
Fantasies become real through action. Have goals: annual goals, monthly goals, weekly goals, daily goals.
Commit to those goals. Committing to your goals makes your dreams come true. Be disciplined and consistent every day, not just a few.
Rule three: Hard work Works
Plan your goals. As Denzel says:
“We don’t plan to fail. We fail when we don’t plan.”
Working hard is what successful people do to succeed. But everyone has a plan.
Doing a lot more doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot more done. -Denzel tells us in his speech.
Don’t confuse movement with progress. You need to know where you want to go to get somewhere. Otherwise, you’ll end up exhausted halfway to nowhere.
Denzel’s mother always told him,
“You can run in circles and never get anywhere.”
Listen to his mother. Work hard, but work smart.
Do you know why productivity articles work so well?
Because they work.
I’m serious. I was reluctant to read about productivity. I didn’t want to live my life in Pomodoro stile. Until I realized that being organized is getting half the work done.
That’s what productivity is: doing things with structure. Organizing your time is get it to structure.
Articles have structure, poems too. Novels usually have three acts. If you have the structure, you have half the work done.
That’s what I do to be able to get an article out almost every day. I learn the structures and adapt to it what I want to say to them.
Rule four: you will never see a moving truck behind a hearse
No matter how much money you have. You can’t take it with you.
Life is not about status anymore. It’s not what you have. It’s what you do with what you have, the actor tells us at the end of his speech.
Do you want to be selfish? That’s fine. Be selfish.
But be selfish like a pro. Don’t be mediocre.
The most selfish thing you can do in this world is to help someone else. It’s the most selfish thing to do because when you do it, you have a feeling inside you so powerful and pleasant that it becomes addictive.
Helping others makes you happy. Helping others can lift you out of depression.
The joy and the success comes from helping others. Don’t believe me? Think about the richest companies in the world.
Why do they make money?
Because people pay for their services and products.
And why do they pay for their services and products?
Because they meet their needs
Do you want to be rich? Learn to identify needs and commit to finding solutions that meet them. Learn to give. The ability to give is the ability to abound.
Rule five: say thank you for the advance of what is already yours
Feel within you that which you long-for. Be grateful for that desire every morning when you wake up. Saying thank you for achieving a goal in advance keeps you focused and helps you achieve it in half the time. Denzel does it every morning and looks how far he’s come.
Practicing gratitude makes you humble, kind, and a better person. Three basics qualities to succeed in life.
No one wants to be around someone ungrateful. No one wants to be around people who never value anything and complain about everything. Nobody wants that. What people want is a real-life hero. Someone humble to look up-to.
I know that may sound self-centered, but it’s not.
Think for a moment what it is to look up to someone. To me, to admire someone is to see yourself reflected in someone else’s achievement.
We admire people who have dared to face those fears we have inside us.
I am terrified of flying, and I deeply admire people who can overcome their fear of heights. I admire them because they inspire me.
These everyday heroes make us think that we can overcome our limits and become something greater than we ever dreamed we could be.
- Rule one: put God/Universe first in everything you do.
- Rule two: fail big.
- Rule three: Hard work Works.
- Rule four: you will never see a moving truck behind a hearse.
- Rule five: say thank you for the advance of what is already yours.
If by following these 5 points you manage to become one day the successful person you always wanted to be, remember that the best gratitude is to give back what you have.
Each one, teach one.
Teach what you know to someone who needs it. Continue the chain. Improve someone else’s life. That will be your legacy.
Don’t aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference
Thanks for reading
Alberto García (Malafama1981)