Good evening Ladies.
I wanted to take the time to write a post about the amazing speaker we went to go see tonight. His name was Monti Washington, and he has given one of the best United We Stand speeches I have ever heard in my 5 years here. Monti was a kid who grew up on the streets sleeping in cardboard boxes and abusive foster homes. Now, he is a college graduate, worldwide motivational speaker, actor, book writer, and poet. He came to share his wisdom with the students on our campus, and now I hope to summarize what I learned for you all.
“From living on the streets of your fears, to the stage of your dreams,” this was Monti’s motto for us tonight and it is truly inspiring. For he has done this with his life. Monti has worked so hard to change his life from one in the streets, to one on stage motivating and encouraging others. He accomplished his dreams by working hard and setting goals for himself. Monti was brave enough to share his life story with us. He talked about living on the streets and sleeping in parks, and he talked about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his foster parents. It was truly heartbreaking to hear him talk. But instead of wallowing in his own depression and self dought, Monti turned his life around into a successful, fulfilling life.
Monti told us that if we want to be successful in life, we need to be confident. We need to be confident in ourselves and our abilities. Because how can we expect to have a level 10 dream career is we are not confident.
Another thing Monti talked about is setting goals. We need to be able to set goals for ourselves in life if we want to continue to improve and move forward. It is important to have goals for every stage of life. So tonight, I encourage you to do the same. Set a goal that you want to achieve by the end of the semester, a goal you want to achieve by the end of graduation, and a goal for 5 years from now/ 5 years after graduation. However, when making these goal it is important to make sure they are specific. So if one of your goals is to get a good GPA, be specific! Say your going to get a 3.4 or higher GPA.
And one final thing. I talked a little bit about Monti’s past and all the struggles he has to over come. I want you all to keep that in mind the next time you are going through tough times. Your struggles do not have to be what hold you back in life. We all have potential to be successful, but that does not mean that the success will come easy. We need to work to get good grades, to get degrees, and to get careers. And we can use our lifes struggles to get us to our end goals. We just need to keep telling ourselves that our past does not have to be what defines us. We all have skeletons in our closes, fears in our minds and hearts, but if we just work hard enough and try to over come all of those things we can be unstoppable. No one can tell us we wont reach our goals.
This is just a quick summation of what Monti talked about tonight. There was more that I was unable to capture in this short post but I hope some of the few things I have passed on will help you all during stressful times. Monti also has a book out if anyone is interested, and you can follow him on facebook, twitter, and instagram. I will provide some links down below. Let me know if you have any questions. And remember, if you ever feel like things are becoming too much, we have resources on campus to help you. There are tutor, counselors, professors, and myself and the RA staff. We all want to help you be your very best.
From The Streets To The Stage: 20 Ways Make It From The Streets Of Your Fears To The Stage Of Your Dreams Paperback