Damn. Gets me every time. Because it’s a great speech.

Jim Valvano’s speech from 1993. It’s 20 years old now. Still amazing. No matter what it is you are doing. Don’t give. Don’t ever give up.

A few notes:
– He explains why his speech will be the way it is, no cue cards;
– Breaks things up in segments, first with three things you should do every day. You should laugh, you should think and you should cry;
– Next another list of three, where you started, where you and where you’re going to be;
– Next he tells a humorous story about Vince Lombardi firing up his team with a speech about focusing on three things, your family, your religion and the Green Bay Packers;
– He establishes himself as human with a humorous anecdote;
– He recaps the advice, and ends with a memorable call to action. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.


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