These words destroy dreams: “Stop making all that noise. Just be a kid. Go sit down somewhere.” These words are devastating to children that have creative ideas. I remember when I used to write on the wall and my father would take the marker and tell me to write on the refrigerator because we can erase it – he would let me be creative.
I used to make a lot of noise screaming and dancing all over the house and sometimes my father would join me… LOL When I look at some of the tapes he recorded, I laugh, but I do understand why parents get annoyed sometimes. I asked my father why he never told me to stop or go sit down. He said he looked into my eyes and saw my highest level of excitement, and that's why he let me jump around and express myself.
So what you see today is a reflection of that confidence and expression that I was allowed to share when I was just a little boy. I get on stage with the same confidence. I used to dance in the mirror and I encourage you all to dance in the mirror too! Chase your dreams and never give up.
When I'm on stage I don't think about being afraid to speak in front of a large or small crowd. My largest audience was 10,000 people. It's a beautiful thing to inspire people. Watching your words touch people. Some people cry, some people smile, some people just stare, as if they can't believe my words are coming from me. Words are really powerful and we have the ability to talk all day! I don't think we truly value the power of words.
Have you ever wondered how many words you use a day? And out of all of those words, how many words were positive? How many of those words impacted someone else? With the right words you can build someone's confidence, and with the wrong words, you can destroy their confidence. Please choose your words wisely!
When I'm on stage I don't wait for the reactions of other people to tell me how good or bad I did. Raisins are grapes that went bad. Some people won't eat an old grape but they love raisins. People will always hav…