22 Jan 2019

The world is full of motivational talks, most of which we miss purely because anything could count as a motivational talk. Be it a conversation between friends, or a presidential speech, a motivational talk is one which inspires us to live the best life possible. The most famous motivational talks needn’t necessarily be given by motivational speakers. I, for one, believe that many films and tv series contain motivational themes which could influence a vast number of people (however, only if they realise that the motivational material is right in front of them). Many famous motivational talks suggest that we ought to be resilient, hardworking and dedicated; I believe that these three things are essential for success. Let me now explore some famous motivational talks which I have seen.


One of my favourite motivational talks is in the film, Pursuit of Happiness. In this specific scene we witness a conversation between Will Smith and his son Jaden. Jaden mentions that he would like to be a professional basketball player and his father, Will, responds by saying, “don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something, not even me.” This, however, comes after WIll has said that he himself never excelled, so his son shouldn’t expect to either. Will goes on to say, “You got a dream, you gotta protect it. You want something, go get it. Period.” There is quite obviously a key underlying message here: chase your dreams and do not let anyone tell you that you cannot succeed. The reason that this is so poignant is because it is between a father and son. Moreover, its motivational undertones will inspire many children and adults to chase after their dreams.


Matthew McConaughey has also delivered some fantastic speeches, but his most famous is the one which he delivered at the University of Houston. McConaughey spoke a lot about joy; he said, “Joy is always in process, it’s always under construction.” He seems to be suggesting that we all have the potential to access joy, and it is never far away from it. We are, essentially, working towards joy during our lives and we must notice this in order to live happily. Another poignant point that he gave was that you must, “Define success for yourself.” To define happiness it is important to understand that you are different from everyone else – you are unique. This message is excellent because it highlights uniqueness as a great thing which ought to be cherished. Through uniqueness, I would argue that happiness can be achieved.


In summary, famous motivational speeches can be seen anywhere; they could be on the street or on your TV screen. Keep an eye out for them because they may just have the capacity to change your life. To get in touch or for more information on Bianca Miller-Cole, please email bookings@biancamiller.uk , call 02086679519 or visit www.biancamiller.uk