THE CLOSER OPENING SPEECH
SO IT WAS ONLY BY CHANCE THAT I STUMBLED UPON THIS CLIP BUT WHEN I HEARD THE WORDS IT INSTANTLY GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS…HONESTLY IT DID.
Now it may seem like a crazy concept – that there is no compromise in one’s pursuit of their dreams. But when you listen to the clip below you will understand exactly why this is so true.
As a writer I see and hear words all the time that touch me deeply but nothing has ever quite resonated with me the way this clip does.
Every time I hear this speech 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.
In case you are wondering, this here 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?
Below I have transcribed the speech for you (the old-fashioned way – by pausing the clip every few seconds to write down the words!) because I think it is important to refer to this concept constantly.
Never let anything get in your way.
This is your life and it’s up to you alone to chase your dreams.
Do not compromise or sacrifice your dreams for the sake of other people – especially if it is something you desperately want to do.
I promise you – you will regret it.
Do it now or you will forever live a life full of regret.
Do not die with your music still locked inside of you.
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)
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