We LOVE this!
End of May usually means lots of college commencement speeches, and while some are better than others… we don't think we've seen or heard a more inspiring speech than this one right here!
Indiana University grad Parker Mantell addressed his fellow students on May 10th, and right off the bat he addressed the fact that he has a slight stutter when he speaks.
But Parker refuses to go off the subject of his speech impediment, and immediately brings tears to our eyes when he says:
"Far too often, society has instilled and reinforced the idea that those of us with disabilities are to remain disabled and perhaps even incapable… Doubt, as has been observed, kills more dreams than failure ever will. Yet if doubt were to be a disease, its cure would be confidence."
He then thanks Indiana University for giving him the opportunity to work in public office, to answer thousands of phone calls from political figures, and to give tours at the White House — all of which has increased his confidence to speak up! And the man speaks well!
Another part that resonated with us was when Parker mentioned all of the great persons throughout history who delivered some of the greatest contributions to the world's culture, and who all had some sort of disability.
"Beethoven was deaf. Imagine if he never dared to listen to his calling to compose music. Ray Charles was blind. Imagine if had never dared to envision that he could touch the keys of the piano. Albert Einstein was dyslexic. Imagine if he had never dared to embrace seeing things differently by formulating equations. FDR couldn't walk. Imagine if he had never dared to run. Imagine what you are depriving our world of if you never dare to achieve your purpose."
So beautiful and motivating! What an amazing young man!
This speech has to be seen and heard though to appreciate its full value — we can only point you in the right direction!
Get inspired by watching the video (below) !!!
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