I spoke about being successful, but I needed to have more visuals. I think it could've been little bit better.
Here's what I really wanted to say:
Pondering on what Uncle Malcolm would say had he been here today giving this speech instead of me.
Boy if you picked today to not come to school than I feel bad for you!
The kids are all going to say man what happened to you yesterday, you missed it. Oh I did what did I miss that was more important than sleeping in playing video games and not having to go to school. Man we met Malcolm X!
There's these two statues the thinker and the doer. The thinker statue is sitting there pondering with his finger on his head. The doer statue is gone.
Don't be an excuse maker, before you go making excuses ask yourself... Am I making excuses because I don't think I can do this, or because I don't want to do this.
I think I got more sleep my finals week in college than I got these past two weeks, debating whether or not my speech is good enough. That's how important you all are to me. That's the effect you all have on me. Your my reason for waking up. Yet, the question is do I know enough about you to teach you. I think I do.
I think about this speech.... will it be effective what if my speech doesn't get the kids attention. What if it's not good enough.....even if I fail....it's better than not trying at all.
That's being pessimistic
Dream big and never limit yourself
There I was sitting pondering on life thinking what's next believing in my dream the whole time and not limiting myself no matter how many people tried to deny me. A teacher once said i couldn't be a motivational speaker.
And here I am now.
My uncle was also told he couldn't be what he wanted to be. Those words made him become a more negative person which is why we must be nice to people. We must say nice things and put positivity out in the world. What kind of person disrespects another person. We can't be negative. That's being pessimistic and we must be open to everyone's ideas, dreams, and ambitions. The minute we make them feel like they can't achieve it, we give them a negative outlook and that negative outlook can make them depressed. We can change their whole future just by telling them they can't be something or can't do something. Furthermore, we can make their day if we just say nice things.
One day Malcolm was told he couldn't be a lawyer and the next day Malcolm's whole outlook on life had already changed. He was already starting to think negative. By believing his teacher and believing in the negatives and not focusing on the positives he was put on the wrong track. Has anyone here ever been in that negative state of mind? Raise your hands if you have. We all have. You can't let the negativity get to you. Pay it no mind. My dad once told me that the minute you take a step in the direction of positivity the universe will take two steps in that positive direction, and the same goes for a negative direction.
When my uncle Malcolm took a step in the wrong direction, the universe took two steps back and that's when it all went downhill for him.
In addition to him almost getting himself killed because he was on the wrong track, he took others with him. Occasionally his family would visit him and say nice things to uplift his spirit. Their healing powers and their positive words alone were able to give him the self determination to get out of the fixed/negative mindset he was in and enabled him to enter a growth mindset and believe he was worth more than even he thought of himself. He went from being that so called satan character they portrayed him to be in the movie, to being a prince in a matter of months.
So what did Malcolm do while in prison to change his mindset....
He read, and read, and read, and read. Learned Latin learned words and learned the bible.
I keep three books with me at all times plus I have about three books in my phone I keep reading. That's how important reading is to me.
Three things my uncle Malcolm kept with him once he left prison, can anyone tell me one of the three things that kept him focused, prepared and punctual?
The glasses kept him focused, they weren't just helping him see. The glasses gave him the ability to hide his hand. His next move would always be left unknown that way. For example, when you play poker, you sometimes wear glasses to cover your reactions to the game. The emotions you would show are hidden. The glasses he wore did just that. They concealed his emotions. Can anyone here tell me why this is very important.
Never let them see you sweat! Never let them see you get down.
When the time came he didn't even blink he was that focused. Tunnel vision.
He didn't talk about it. He went and did what he planned to do. Which leads me to this important quote. Just rocket!
Don't talk about it be about it!
Silence is Golden! Remember that!
Speak less about what you are going to do and watch you get more done.
I got this quote in a fortune cookie. If you hear something important, that's worth remembering....write it down!
I'm not a Muslim nor am I a part of Isis.
I'm a black man, who believes in justice for all people By Any Means Necessary. I'm for equality, I'm not here to preach against the government I like my president. I want you all to be successful and to be successful you have to be known for something. I'm not saying skip school and don't go to college. No I'm saying the opposite! Go to school, get good grades and find out what you wanna do early on in life! I want you all to be successful people. So don't do drugs! Keep a clean mind, body and soul so you can stay in school and learn to be technical. A great director once said : If your creative and technical your unstoppable. So let's all be creative and technical. Whatever you want to be you can be it. What do you want to be?
Where do you want to go to college ? It's never too early to know where you want to go in life. Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Don't dream about being a filmmaker. You are a filmmaker., tell people you make films. Speak it into existence!
Speak it into existence! Speak it into existence!
Keep a positive growth mindset look at what you have and utilize it.
Meaning your cup is half full taking advantage of what you have and not letting what you don't have set you back.
Today I can look at life like I don't have a job I have 15$ to my name and I'm 26 living with my grandparents.
Or I can say to myself. Man your rich you have a great lineage to live up to. Your healthy smart, full of ambition. You should have a job by the end of the day with those pros! Never put yourself or others down. Do you know what i mean by that?
Respect your fellow man. Respect yourself and most of all Respect your elders.
Have no cons! Have no lags all leads!! Does anyone here know what that means?
All leads means moving forward and staying on task, not slacking off.
Use what you have, and start with a positive mindset.
Learn to listen to your inner voice! Learn to trust your instincts.
Meaning don't question your hearts decision.
Don't lose your imagination keep that kid mentality
Meaning remember the kid in you that thinks I can do anything!
Anything is possible. Look at where I am. Yesterday I was in LA and today I'm here anything is possible. Yesterday I had 15$ today I still have 15$, but I have happiness I have your smiles I have a why! My why is you! I live because of you. You all are the reason I woke up today! So thank you! From one kid to another thank you! Keep inspiring! You never know when your time is up!
Have a why and stay focused
Meaning when you wake up, know
why and head straight out the door to that goal!
This is how you do that. Before you go to sleep write down what your going to do the next day. Have a plan. Don't make excuses the next day. Write down a plan the day before or night before. How are you going to rocket!!? Can anyone of you here tell me how you are going to rocket? What's your plan for tomorrow. Do you have your briefcase packed and at the door. Is your watch set to wake you up before everyone else is up. Have you put your glasses on to keep focus?
You can do anything you put your mind to!
Keep a journal my great aunt told me this she said keep a journal and write in it everyday.
Make it all connect
Did you use your words as wings ?
Beauty is what you make it! Remember your beautiful and keep telling yourself that.