If we want the country to change, we have to change how we think and in doing so, change how we are living out our lives.
While I was searching for some inspiration for a much longer article, I came across a video of Les Brown and at the ten minute mark, I heard the most amazing oratorical piece I have ever heard. I urge you to click here to watch the video. (or watch it below)
Here is the piece transcribed:
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I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon — if I can.
I seek opportunity — not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.
I was surprised that it contained the very mindset that I had found lacking in myself a couple years back before I started doing freelance projects.
I wonder, how our country would be if a lot more Filipinos strive to be uncommon men and women?