SO I STUMBLED UPON THIS BY CHANCE – THE CLOSER OPENING SPEECH
As a writer you see and hear words all the time that touch you deeply but only a few special ones resonate with you forever. I have decided to share with you all here a speech that just gets me every time I hear it. It sends a shiver down my spine, raises goosebumps on my arms and simply propels me to work harder for the dreams I have dwelling inside of me.
It is the opening speech of the 1990 movie called The Closer, given by the actor Danny. The movie may not have the best reviews but this speech deserves a 10 out of 10 for truth and passion.
After you listen to it I ask of you:
What are you willing to give up in the pursuit of your dreams?
TRANSCRIPT OF THE SPEECH
People always ask me what it took to get where I am today.
What it takes to reach this level of success.
We make heroes of ourselves in the name of sacrifice.
What we’re willing to give up in the pursuit of a dream.
So stop kidding yourselves.
Go after what you want.
There is no sacrifice in success, there are no obstacles.
There is nothing between you and the goal!
You see, if you succeed on your terms, you don’t owe anybody any explanations.
But if you fail on their terms, you’ve got a lot of explaining to do!
A man doesn’t strive for greatness and embrace mediocrity!
There is no compromise in a dream.
Compromise is an excuse for falling short while you lay on your couches, in front of your TV’s, with your remote controls, and your glasses of beer watching somebody else run with your dream.
So do me a favour…..
Don’t wake up one morning, when your hair is grey, and the elastic has gone out of your waistline, with shaving cream all over your faces, and you look in that mirror and you ask yourselves:
“What the hell have I been doing for the last 30 years?
This isn’t my life! This isn’t where my passion lies!”
DO SOMETHING BEFORE THAT HAPPENS!
Don’t be afraid of your ambitions.
If other people hold you back, you don’t want it badly enough and don’t tell me you do!
Because other people don’t stop you from dreaming…
YOU STOP YOURSELVES!
YOU GET IN YOUR OWN WAY!
Because you’re afraid of what you might become….
Even if that something is a wonderful, wonderful thing!
(Danny Aiello, from opening monologue in “The Closer”1990)