One of the Greatest Speeches Ever | Chadwick Boseman Motivation


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remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose sometimes you need to get knocked down before you can really figure out what your what your fight is and how you need to fight it to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose it is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history your very existence is wrapped up in the things you are here to fulfill when I dare to challenge the system that would relegate us to victims and stereotypes with no clear historical backgrounds no hopes of talents when I questioned that method of portrayal a different path opened up for me the path to my destiny when God has something for you it doesn’t matter who stands against it if it’s meant for you I don’t know what your future is but if you are willing to take the heart away the more complicated one the one with more failures at first than successes the one that has ultimately proven to have more meaning more Victory more Glory than you will not regret it two little kids Ian and Taylor who um recently passed from cancer I was communicating with them knowing that they were both terminal and what they said to me is and their parents said they just they’re trying to hold on till this movie comes to a certain degree you hear them say that and you’re like I got to get up and I got to get up and go to the gym I got to get up and go to work I got to learn these lines I got to work on this accent but seeing how the world has taken us on seeing how the movement is how it’s taking on a life of its own I realized that they anticipated something great and I think back now to a kid I’m waiting for a toy that was going to that I was going to get a chance to experience or video game I did live life waiting for those moments and so what put me back in the mind of being a kid just just to experience those two little boys and when I found out that they yeah it’s it’s it means a lot why do you think it’s important that right now we see you know Black Panther on the big screen anytime anytime is a great time for for a Black Panther movie uh you know if if they could have done it 10 years ago it would have been great they could have done it 20 years ago would have been great you know on both sides as Africa as an African-American and you know seeing people from the continent I see I’ve seen a divide for my entire life I went through my phase of trying to find Africa and not knowing well which place am I from I know and I’ve seen Africans who viewed Us in in a particular way where you’re not connected right you don’t know where you’re from and at the same time love parts of our culture so there’s like this weird there’s been this weird dynamic you know I don’t know the oral tradition because I didn’t grow up with it you know for from you know if I if I knew exactly where I came from growing up I would have had an oral tradition from that place right I I’ve never had that so this movie in a certain way creates a story that we all share everybody is the hero in their own story you should see yourself conquering um you know the dramatic action of whatever you’re trying to do so when you get the crisis you know you know how to deal with it you should be able to do that and there are people that come in and help you with your story but you have to be the person who who deals with the conflicts that are in place even if you pray to God God expects you to do some things so I think um you have to be that hero during my Junior and senior years I lived in a house off campus at Bryant Street for those of you who don’t know what that means that’s at the bottom of the hill where the incline gets real almost every day I will walk the full length of the hill to Fine Arts where most of my classes were carrying all of my books because once you walk that far on foot you’re not walking back home each of you had your own unique difficulties with the heel for some of you the challenge was actually academics you did your best but you didn’t make A’s or B’s sometimes C’s you never made the Dean’s List but that’s okay you’re here on top of the hill you and your family struggle to make ends meet every semester of your matriculation you had to stand in one line to get to another line to get to another line for somebody that might help you you had to work an extra job or two your hardest struggle was social some of you never fit in you were never as cool and as popular as you wanted to be and it bothers you so your social struggles here became psychological even though you made it up the hill you carry the baggage of rejection with you but you’re here or some of you went through something traumatic you made it to the top of the hill but but not without scars and bruises most of you graduating here today struggled against one or more of the impediments or obstacles I mentioned in order to reach this Hilltop we’re completing a long climb one first experience is dizziness and shortness of breath due to the high altitude but once you become accustomed to the climb your mind opens up to the Tranquility of the Triumph [Music] oftentimes the mind is flooded with realizations that will for some reason harder to come to when you were at a lower elevation at this moment most of you need some realizations because right now you have some big decisions to make right now I urge you in your breath in your in your eyes in your Consciousness invest in the importance of this moment as is often the case those that follow most often enjoy the results of the progress you gain I was on a roll when I entered the system of entertainment theater television and film in my first New York audition for a professional play I landed the lead role from that play I got my first agent from that agent I got it on screen audition I felt like Mike Tyson when he first came on the scene knocking out opponents in the first round with this soap opera gig I was already promised to make six six figures more money than I had ever seen I was feeling myself I was let go from that job on the next day a cold a phone call from my agent they decided to go another way the questions that I asked set the producers on guard and perhaps paved the way for a less stereotypical portrayal for the black actor that stepped into the role after me as the scripture says I planted the seed and Apollos watered it but God kept growing God kept it growing yet and still when you invest in the sea watching it grow without you that is a bit of pill to swallow a bit of pill anybody that’s ever been fired knows what I’m talking about even if you really don’t want the job when they let you go it’s like any breakup you act like you don’t care I didn’t need that damn job anyway but when you have those moments alone you start to wonder if there was a better way to handle it and if you could have if you could have handled it better maybe and help your family and then before you know it you’re broke and you find yourself scraping together change just so you can ride the subway so that you can get the next job and maybe if you could book something else that would eclipse the feeling of doubt that’s building but it seems like you can’t pay them to hire you now and I definitely didn’t want to be caught dead going after a fake Hollywood pipe dream I’m more of a writer director anyway so forget their stories I can tell my own stories how would I maneuver through all of this finally I thought of Ali in the middle of the yard it is Elder years drawing from his victories and his losses at that moment I realized something new about this the greatness of Ali and how he carried his crown I realized that he was transferring something to me on that day he was transferring the spirit of the fighter in me sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose that God predestined inside of you [Music]

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