Speech Therapy, Vol. Ii

Jim Valvano's "Never give up" speech, repurposed as a list about a speech about listing. To watch the actual speech, click here http://youtu.be/rNuCS5ZtPJg 👈🏻
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    "We should do three things every day of our lives. Number one, laugh. You should 😂LOL😂 at a list every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in your draft folder with a thought. Number three is that you should have your emotions moved to tears. Then like that list, relist it and comment to let them know that it moved you."
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    "If you lmao, if you think about that list you've been trying to work up the courage to post and if you cry while reading another list, that's a heck of a day! You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."
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    How do you go from how many followers you have to however many you want? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for listing. You have to have a dream, a goal. You have to be willing to work for it.
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    I just got one last thing, I urge all of you to enjoy your lists, even the precious drafts you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get your emotions going. To list enthusiastically every day and Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing great could be accomplished without enthusiasm," (cont.👇🏻)
    to keep your lists alive in spite of the problems with character limits you have. The ability to be able to work hard for your drafts to come to fruition, to become a reality. Now I look at where I am now and I know what I want to do. What I would like to be able to do is spend whatever time I have left and to give, maybe, some hope to others, to finish their lists in their draft folder.
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    I know I gotta go, I gotta go, and I got one last thing and I've said it before and I want to say it again. Cancer can take away all my listing abilities. But it can not touch my heart, and it can not touch my mind and it can not touch my digital footprint. And those three things are going to carry on forever... in the cloud."
    I remember watching Jim Valvano give this speech live, I was 11 or 12, and I understood why people were sad but I didn't comprehend it like I do now. At the time I thought it was just a passionate, inspiring, motivational speech and the part about Vince Lombardi made me laugh. I used to listen to this speech before baseball games in high school - baseball is a game about coping with failure, this speech is titled "don't ever give up," it seemed very appropriate to my 14-17yr old brain.