Fascinated. Focused. Fearless.
Sample Motivational Speech to High School Students – Approximately 10 minutes.
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How many of you can’t wait to graduate and get out on your own? To get out of high school and start living life the way you want?
How many of you want to make a lot of money in the next few years? To drive a nice car and live in a nice house? What about how you spend your time? Raise your hand if you want to get a job doing something you love instead of one that just pays your bills? How about owning your own business and making enough money so that eventually you don’t have to work every day if you don’t want to? Are any of you interested in a life like that after graduation?
So let me ask you this, because a lot of hands went up and some of you who weren’t paying attention are listening now: how many of you know what you need to be doing right now in order to become the person you want to be in a few years? Do you even know why you get up every morning and why you go to school?
Some of you might think these are stupid questions. You might think this talk is lame and that you have better things to do with your time, but I’m here to tell you that right now, at this moment there is nothing more important than you focusing and figuring out what it really is you want out of life.
Really quick, I want to tell you story about how I went from living in a group home, then running away and living on the streets to becoming the man I am today. Who am I? I’m just a boy who nobody thought would make anything of himself who is now earning more money in one month than a lot of people make all year.
So just give me a few minutes. I’m going to make it fast.
I went to this school. I walked these same halls. And I lived in this neighborhood – it’s a CVS surrounded by palm trees now, but there used to be a housing project right off 199th street and 37th Avenue. People used to call it the Match Box Projects. I don’t know why they called it that but they did. But before all of that, I was just a random baby that a teenage mother abandoned at a church one day. I was nobody.
I was too young to talk and too young to know my own name. I didn’t have any clothes except the shorts and diapers my mom left me in, and didn’t have anybody but strangers to take me in.
I grew up in the system. At first I was adopted, but my new mother passed away soon after and I became a ward of the state. An orphan. I bounced from foster home to foster home, to eventually a group home that I ran away from until I finally got adopted again. By then I was almost thirteen.
So before I was 14 years old, I had already experienced more than most kids ever do. I’d been abandoned. Beat up. Beat down. Abused. Tampered with – hurt and just a few inches short of destroyed. I didn’t think anyone would love me. My own birth mother didn’t!
When I had run away, I slept on the streets and got into fights. I saw somebody get killed. I watched people sell drugs and I barely ate. I didn’t have any money, and school? School was a place I went to every now and then to get free lunch and air conditioning. I was scared to death, while trying to act like a man but honestly, I was heading toward disaster.
But after I got adopted the second time I was able to see another side of life that I never knew existed. I got parents who invested everything they had in me. It wasn’t easy because I was hardheaded and thought I could take care of myself, but they taught me about motivation and ambition. They explained what choices I really had in life. And they stayed on me day and night until I believed that I was worthy of all of the good things in life and NOT doomed to a cycle of pain and suffering! They believed in me.
Some of you in here have some issues going on at home. Some of your parents might be struggling. Some of you might not even live with your parents, but extended family, or someone else.
Many of you might be used to the people you’re surrounded by not expecting much from life because they think the way things are now is the way they’re always going to be. A lot of you might not have any direction at all! You’re a year away from graduation but you have no idea where you really want to go.
What do you really want to do? What do you really want to have? Are you serious about or are you just wishing? I’m here to tell you right now that anything is possible, and you can be or do anything you want in life if you just make a plan for it. Things aren’t just going to happen to you. You have to make a deliberate effort to go out there and earn what’s yours!
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