Last week as many of us sat down to watch the 2014 Academy Awards, we witnessed not just gratitude from the Oscar winners but affirmation as well. There are so many other aspects that were emphasized during this event such as the fashion, the host and entertainment… (Ellen was hilarious by the way!), and the celebrity status that the Oscars represent. However, this year a strong emphasis was placed on the inspirational speeches and the valuable advice about life, dreams, and achievement they offered.
There were a few speeches that really stood out in these categories. Mathew McConaughey had many great tokens for life, Lupita Nyong’o opened our eyes to what is possible when you dream, and Jared Leto shared the positive effects of a mothers praise. I think it is safe to say that we all walked away feeling inspired and reaffirmed that our greatest goals in life are achievable.
Here are my top five take aways from this year’s Academy Awards:
Motivation is a necessary ingredient for success. Matthew McConaughey included in his Oscar speech that he needs three things in life, “one of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.” He shares that God is who he looks up to, his family is what he looks forward to, and his hero is someone to chase. All three are packaged into the common theme of what motivates him and creates personal drive.
Your hero may be someone that you least expect. McConaughey emphasizes that he needs someone to chase in life, and that someone is his hero. Who is his hero? It is himself 10 years from now. He claims that “every day, every week, every month, and every year of my life, my hero’s always ten years away. I’m never going to be my hero. I’m not going to attain that… And that’s just fine with me, because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.”
“No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid!” This advice was given by Lupita Nyong’owhile accepting the award for best supporting actress. Lupita is Kenyan but was born in Mexico and raised in the U.S. Her eloquent words left us with the notion that “if you feel your dreams are unattainable…then they are. But if you believe that they are valid…you’ve got the world on a string!”
Creativity opens the door to a world of new possibilities. Jared Leto had the first speech of the night and paid respect to his mother who struggled to create a better life for her family. He said “she encouraged her kids to be creative and work hard and do something special.” Imagine those three concepts being instilled in you since a child…Be Creative…Work Hard…Do Something Special! This is a powerful mantra to take on helping to produce amazing results in a way that you may never have thought possible! Clearly this impacted Leto’s career greatly.
Your current circumstances should never keep you from achieving your goals. Both Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto paid tribute to those who have struggled and are currently struggling to make their dreams a reality. Lupita stated that “it doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s”. Leto also gave a shout out to Venezuela and Ukraine saying that “as you struggle to make your dreams happen and live the impossible, we are thinking of you tonight.”