Speech on An Influential Personality. Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.




17th March, 2011.

Good afternoon,

“Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” True to this quote by Mark twain, an American lecturer renowned for his humor and writings you acquire the personality and trait of those you identify with.

If you have at one time stopped to ask yourself “Which characters or personality do I try to be like most of the time?” then you have become conscious this fact.

This is because sometimes, in order for one to reach his goals in life or achieve our objectives there must be teachings from those we look up to and have trust in. This compels one to compare his or her achievements, behavior or character to those we consider role models. I will use this speech to highlight one special person who has been a great example to me and has greatly assisted me to improve my life standards.

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” (TNPF, 1906). This is a wise quote from which I derive so much inspiration and strength to try no matter the circumstances with the hope of success. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America was born in New York. (Roosevelt, 2003) He made this quote urging his people to try on and not give room to failure. Having grown up as a weak child he beat all odds to achieve greatly. He therefore always insisted on success in most of his speeches which are very influential in my life and which have helped to shape my character in a way that I fight hard to achieve my objectives and not give room to feelings of discouragement or failure irrespective of the obstacles.

All our struggles, strengths, and endeavors in life are directed and geared towards a common goal and purpose: this can only be achieved if we take the bold step to try and never give up according to Roosevelt who stated that “The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.” (TNPF, 1906).

As I stand before you today, I am proud to look back and assess the steps I have made emulating the life and character of Theodore. This is with regards to building my character in terms of self discipline and self image which he always advocated for as he was mostly found stating how almost anything is possible with self discipline in order for an individual to realize his dreams. I have been able to cultivate the right attitude for my purpose.

His life and especially his role in advocating for peace in different countries gives me a lot to desire to copy so as to live at peace with my neighbors and community as well. Generally it gives me an inspiration to want to use my skills to create a better living peaceful environment for all.

With these remarks, a challenge is posed for all of us not to rest on our glory but to continue to strive towards even better goals since as Mother Theresa put it “Life is a dream; fulfill it” (TNPF, 1979).

List of References

The Nobel Price Foundation (TNPF), 1979, “Mother Teresa – Biography”. Nobelprize.org. 16

Mar 2011 http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1979/teresa-bio.html

The Nobel Price Foundation (TNPF), 1906.“Theodore Roosevelt – Biography”. Nobelprize.org.

16 Mar 2011 HYPERLINK “http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1906/roosevelt-bio.html” http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1906/roosevelt-bio.html

Roosevelt, T., 2003, Theodore Roosevelt: A Brief Biography ,Theodore Roosevelt Association,

Retrieved from HYPERLINK “http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/life/biotr.htm ” http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/life/biotr.htm on 16th March, 2011.

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