Most of us don’t think of the amazing Academy and Tony Award-winning actor Denzel Washington as a motivational speaker. But if you were to do a search of YouTube videos, you will see that his motivational videos have been viewed millions of times.
His most popular video is of his speech from the 2015 graduation commencement ceremony for Dillard University, located in New Orleans, LA. He encouraged the graduates to make mistakes and to fail in order to learn and grow. He said:
“…People have told you to make sure you have something to fall back on… But I’ve never understood that concept. If I’m going to fall, I don’t want to fall back on anything except my faith. I want to fall forward. I figure at least this way, I will see what I’m going to hit.”
He also spoke about the difference between movement and progress:
“Don’t confuse movement with progress. My mom told me, ‘You can run in place all the time and never get anywhere.’ Continue to strive, continue to have goals, continue to progress.”
So if you are feeling like you need a bit of motivation this Monday, take a few minutes out of your day and take in what Denzel has to say.
To listen to his speech in its entirety, see the video below: