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.
The 87th annual Academy Awards show is now in the history books.
It’s always so much fun to watch this award show. Some people watch the Academy Awards to catch a glimpse of their favorite movie stars. Some watch to see who’s wearing which gown or tuxedo. And some people watch because they are actually curious to see who won.
I, of course, watch the Academy Award show for the speeches. Watch (or watch again) a few of last night’s very best.
J.K. Simmons, who won the Best Supporting Actor award, reminded us all to call our parents.
Patricia Arquette, who won the Best Supporting Actress award, urged wage equality and equal rights for American women.
Graham Moore, winner of the Best Adapted Screenplay, implored us to “stay weird, stay different.”
And John Legend and Common, winners of the Best Original Song, told us, with passion, to “march on.”