I came across this inspirational video a while ago but my recent Brad Pitt obsession since watching Inglorious Basterds made me dig it out from Youtube.
From about 0:40 onwards, this video shows shots from one of my all time favorites Snatch along with motivating words from Muhammed Ali and movies Rocky, Coach Carter.
Below is the quote that gives this video its body. It has been originally written by spiritual activist Marianne Williamson in her book A Return To Love.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
And here is one of the most inspirational movie quotes ever.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!
(Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa)
I already covered Muhammed Ali’s quote in my previous blog post about the tribute video created by Louis Vuitton.