I’m so impressed with this lady – Kakenya Ntaiya – that I’m elevating her to role model status. She made a massive change to herself, so she could make change for her village, which has an impact on her country, and the rest of the world. She’s overcome adversity again and again and has helped so many others do the same.
The last section of the talk is one of the best motivational speeches I’ve ever heard.
Watch this talk.
If you’re looking for inspiration, watch this speech by Neil Gaiman for 2012 graduates
. It’s about working as an artist (of any kind). It’s hopeful, and makes you feel like it’s ok to break rules.
A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.
…I decided that I would do my best in future not to write books just for the money. If you didn’t get the money, then you didn’t have anything. If I did work I was proud of, and I didn’t get the money, at least I’d have the work.