Normally, I wouldn't take life advice from someone under the age of 18 — because, you know, hormones and Beliebing (or whatever the kids are into these days). Then, I saw Apollos Hester, football player for Texas' East View High School Patriots, give this surprisingly motivational post-game interview to a local reporter. He managed to pack more inspirational tidbits into a two minute and 38 second video than Beyoncé did in her entire latest album. OK, I’m definitely pushing it there (bows ferociously in front of her Beyoncé altar) it but you catch my frisbee, yeah?
In the video, posted on What’s Trending, a TWC News Austin newscaster interviews Hester after his team won that evening’s game. During the interview, he describes the game, and how his team had a slow start but finished strong — all while inserting relevant and incredibly relatable pieces of life advice. By the end of the video, he’s delivering a full blown motivational speech.
Sure, we could sit here and blame his enthusiasm on endorphins, but you have to admit, it’s pretty hard to walk away from this video without the strong desire to pursue any and all of your dreams/goals this afternoon. Don’t believe me? Here are a few of the greatest hits from this kid’s speech…I mean, interview:
· "Sometimes in life, you're going to start slow — that's OK."
· "It took guts, it took an attitude. That's all it takes to be successful, it takes an attitude."
· "It's an awesome feeling, when you truly believe you're going to be successful, regardless of the situation."
· "Win or lose, we realized that we were going to be alright."
· "You can do anything you put your mind to."
· "Never give up on your dreams."
· "Keep smiling."
· "If you fall down, just get up."
Here's the video, which I highly recommend you watch because this kid's delivery is so freaking passionate.
In need of even more motivation from unlikely sources of wisdom?
Ladies and gentlemen, here's a video of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Charlie Day (as in, the guy famous for playing the illiterate author of The Nightman Cometh) giving a commencement address at a Merrimack College graduation ceremony. His words on failure — and how you should be doing it — will calm any anxiety you're currently experiencing over the future:
And, for the kicker, here's one more motivational speech from a four-year-old. Those down on their luck in any capacity should listen to this kid share his wisdom....on riding a bike:
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