Category: Acceptance Speech

Hillary Clinton’s Historic Moment.

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major political party this week. Watch her acceptance speech below, or read the transcript.

“I sweat the details of policy. Because it’s not just a detail if it’s your kid — if it’s your family. It’s a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president.”–Hillary Rodham Clinton

Courtesy Democratic National Convention 2016

Making a Start, and Choosing Strength

The massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was one of 43 shootings that happened on June 12, 2016. It was the 141st mass shooting in the United States this year.

And today marks the ninth time President Obama will visit a community to offer words of comfort in the wake of such unspeakable violence.

Let that sink in for a moment.

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Finally Friday!

I’ve had a busy few days, dear reader. But never fear: Here’s a Friday Find for you from Anquan Bouldin, NFL wide receiver (and former Raven–just thought I’d throw that in there) and 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year award recipient.

Watch as he accepts his award. His speech is both humble and resolute.


As a star NFL player, Bouldin has the money and means to do anything that might appeal to him, but he realized that life held more purpose and promise. And he has committed to that higher purpose of helping those in need by hosting a summer enrichment program, providing scholarships and partnering with Oxfam America to bring attention to the drought in Ethiopia and the need for transparency in the gold industry within Senegal.

Sweetness, indeed.

So let this Friday Find inspire you to discover and define your life’s purpose.



Monday Motivation: The Twinkle in Idris’ Eyes

I’ve got just the inspiration for your Monday Motivation–one that will lead you to a Terrific Tuesday and a Wonderful Wednesday: Idris Elba.

Ah, Mr.  Elba, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. This accomplished actor and history-making winner of two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, is amazing to watch.

(Why an actor of his caliber would be snubbed by the Oscars this year remains a mystery to me.)

I’d suspect that many who appreciate his immense acting talent would pay to listen to him to read a telephone directory. Fortunately, we have the occasion to hear him speak about something far more interesting and important.

He recently shared his insights about diversity in the media before the British Parliament, at an appearance organized by Channel 4, a British public television channel. If you can’t watch it–and you should–read the transcript.

Courtesy Channel 4

Elba challenged his industry to “climb out of the box,” and not only called for diversity of skin color and gender, but also in thought.

It’s not an easy subject to tackle. It’s easy for people to feel defensive, and not want to hear what is being said. Elba delivered his remarks with a deft touch, tackling a thorny subject with wit, humor and charm. And his advice can be applied in other realms of our lives as well.

My eyes may be dark, but they definitely twinkle. –Idris Elba

Yes, Mr. Elba. Your eyes most certainly twinkle.

Our motivation today: Climb out of the box and pursue that which makes your eyes twinkle.

And here’s a bonus for you: Elba’s acceptance speech at the SAG awards.


Courtesy TNT


Monday Motivation, Part 1: Living “Golden.”

Motivational Muse: “Golden” by Jill Scott

I tuned in for most of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards ceremony last night.

Most people watch for the clothes–the gowns, especially. I watch for the speeches. And none touched me like Sylvester Stallone’s acceptance speech. It was short, humble and thankful.

Courtesy NBC

…I am the sum total of everyone I ever met, and so I’m lucky I have absorbed some of it. –Sylvester Stallone.

I believe that as well. Wholeheartedly. A grateful and thankful heart is how we live life like it’s a golden.

Sisterhood, Achievement–and Giggles.

Whether we’re wrapping up work or getting that last-minute shopping done, I know we’re feeling the hustle and bustle of the season. And if you’re like me, you’ve already turned your attention to the next year.

So here’s my holiday gift to you: Venus Williams introducing sister Serena (and Serena’s acceptance speech) at the Sports Illustrated 2015 Sportsperson of the Year award last week.

It was hilarious. And we can use a bit of hilarity as we’re wrapping up work–or presents.

First, Venus and her big sisters introduce Serena. It’s a joy to watch them. If you watch and listen closely, you’ll glimpse the bubbly little girls within, brewing with promise and dreaming of adventures.

Courtesy Sports Illustrated

Next is Serena accepting her award.

Courtesy Sports Illustrated

So pause. Watch these speeches, and share their joy and giggles–and inspiration. And remember why all of our hustle and bustle is worth it.



A Double Dose of Monday Motivation!

Welcome to the Week!

Two speeches from last night’s Emmy awards presentation touched and inspired me: those from Tracy Morgan and Viola Davis.

Morgan, in a triumphant return onstage, presented the Emmy for best drama.  Before doing so, he gave powerful remarks about where he is now after the tragic accident last year that took the life of his friend, James McNair and left him with severe, life-threatening injuries–including brain injury. Poignant, funny, even a bit ribald, he made good on his promise to come back.

I’m here. Standing on my own two feet. –Tracy Morgan

Courtesy ABCEntertainment

And, in a moving and historic moment: Davis’ acceptance speech.

Courtesy ABCEntertainment

(Begins at the 2:09 mark.)

Last night Davis became the first African American to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama. (Sidenote: She’s been one of my long-time favorite actors, ever since her role in the Pentagon Wars.) And I am likely on safe ground to declare that she’s likely the first Emmy winner to quote Harriet Tubman.

‘In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. —Viola Davis, quoting Harriet Tubman

But what’s most important–and triumphant? That Black women are making it to the line, and over it.

I hope both sets of remarks touch and inspire you not only today and this week, but also on the days when it seems to be a long, tough slog toward living your dreams and achieving your goals.

I’m here. WE’RE here! Now let’s get to work.

Monday Motivation: “I’m Thankful for Everything.”

¡Hola! ¡Mi Gente! Welcome to the week.


Today’s Monday Motivation comes from Pedro Martinez’s acceptance speech during his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown yesterday. While baseball is not my favorite sport (that would be football–and I am not the only one counting the days, waiting for its return), I find inspiration in every sport, and I appreciate and admire athletes’ dedication and heart to mastering it, whether that sport takes place in an arena, a stadium or on a field. And I always find inspiration when they have the opportunity to speak about their triumphs.

Martinez’s speech is no different in that regard. His speech was raucous and religious; funny and serious. But most of all, it was full of gratitude. Speaking in both English and Spanish, he acknowledged and thanked nearly everyone who touched his life: his family, his fellow Hall of Fame inductees, teammates, coaches, mentors, rivals, the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, baseball fans (Red Sox Nation in particular), the people of the United States and the people of the Dominican Republic.

He even acknowledged Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy. (Mabus attended to announce that the Navy’s newest warship will be named the USS Cooperstown.)

It was that kind of speech: endearing, heartfelt and thankful.

His speech is not short, but out of all he said, take these words with you today, and throughout the week:

Words have the power to build you–or to break you … I don’t know if I will find the words in Spanish or English, but my God, I’m thankful. I’m thankful for everything. —Pedro Martinez.

Agreed. Now–let’s go get ’em!

Monday Motivation: “Leah Strong!”

Missed the ESPYs last week? Watch one of the best moments of the awards show as Devon Still accepts the Jimmy V Perseverance Award on behalf of his daughter, Leah. He shared how he struggled to remain focused so that Leah could feel inspired and strong to “beat up cancer.”

(Devon Still’s acceptance speech begins at the 7:38 mark, but I encourage you to watch the preceding video.)

Devon said that Leah “…put life into perspective for me.”

And for us all.

Let’s be “Leah Strong!”

Courtesy ESPY Awards 2015