He is arguably one of the best-spoken word artists in North America. His influence can be felt in the classrooms in Europe to the White House. He is provocatively effective. Here is our pick for inspiration this Sunday.
Hope it inspires you as much as it has inspired us. Again. And again.
It is not death most people are afraid of.
It is getting to the end of life, only to realize that you
never truly lived.
NEVER TRULY LIVED
There was a study done, a hospital study on 100 elderly
people. Facing death, close to their last breath they were
asked to reflect about their life’s biggest regret.
Nearly all of them said they regretted not the things they
did but the things they didn’t do.
The risks they never took. The dreams they didn’t pursue.
I ask you, will your last words be “If only I had…”?
Hey, you! Wake up!
Why do you exist? Life is not meant to simply work, wait for
the weekend and pay rent. No, no I don’t know much. But I
know this: every person on this earth has a gift.
And I apologize to the black community. But I can no longer
Martin Luther King?
MARTIN LUTHER KING
That man never had a dream. That dream had him.
PEOPLE DON’T CHOOSE DREAMS
DREAMS CHOOSE THEM
See people don’t choose dreams, dreams choose them.
So the question I’m getting to is, do you have the courage
to grab the dream that picked you?
That befits you and grips you? Or will you let it get away
and… slip through?
You know, I learned a fact about airplanes the other day.
Now this was, this was so surprising, see…
I was talking to a pilot and he told me that many of his
passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in. But he
said,”Actually, it is a lot more dangerous for a plane to
stay on the ground.” I said, “What? Like how does that
Well, he said, he said, “Because on the ground the plane
starts to rust,
malfunction and wear, much faster than it ever would if it
was in the air.” As I walked away I thought, “Yeah, makes
total sense.” Because planes were built to live in the
skies. And every person was built to live out the dream they
have inside. So it is, perhaps, the saddest loss to live a
life on the ground without ever taking off.
See, most of us are afraid of the thief that comes in the
night to steal all of our things. But there is a thief in
your mind who is after your dreams. His name is doubt.
If you see him, call the cops and keep him away from the
kids because he is wanted for murder. For he has killed more
dreams than failure ever did. He wears many disguises and
like a virus will leave you blinded, divided and turn you
into a… “kinda”.
See kinda is lethal. You know what kinda is? There is a lot
of kinda people, you kinda want a career change, you kinda
want to get straight A’s, you kinda want to get in shape.
Simple math, no numbers to crunch. If you kinda want
something, then you will kinda get the results you want.
What is your dream? What ignites that spark? You can’t kinda
want that, you got to want it with every part of your whole
heart. Will you struggle? Yeah, yeah… you will struggle,
no way around it. You will fall many times, but who’s
counting? Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth
If you want to make it to the top then there are sharp
ridges that have to be stepped over. There will be times you
get stressed and things you get depressed over. But let me
tell you something. Steven Spielberg was rejected from film
school three times. Three times. But he kept going.
The television execs fired Oprah. Said she was unfit for TV.
But she kept going.
Critics told Beyoncé that she couldn’t sing. She went
through depression. But she kept going.
STRUGGLE & CRITICISM
Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness.
That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it.
Because pain is life but you can choose what type: Either
the pain on the road to success. Or the pain of being
haunted… with regret.
You want my advice? Don’t think twice.
DON’T THINK TWICE
We have been given a gift that we call life.
So don’t blow it. You are not defined by your past. Instead
you are born anew in each moment. So own it. Now.
SO OWN IT
Sometimes you’ve got to leap and grow your wings on the
way down. You better get the shot off before the clock runs
out. Cuz ain’t no overtime in life. No do-over. And I know
I sound like I’m preaching or speaking with force. But if
you don’t use your gift then you sell, not only yourself
but the whole world… short.
So what invention do you have buried in your mind? What
What cure? What skill did you have inside to bring out to
UNI = ONE VERSE = SONG
Uni meaning one, verse meaning song, you have a part to play
in this song.
So grab that microphone and be brave. Sing your heart out on
life’s stage. You cannot go back and make a brand new
beginning. But you can start now and make a brand new
A BRAND NEW ENDING.