How Great I Am

Every once in a while I run across something that is so amazing, so wonderful that goose bumps start running up and down my arms and I get that feeling you get when you’re in the presence of something awesome.

The kids in Ms. R’s fifth-grade class at Awesome Elementary School get to experience that feeling at least once a week. Ms. R loves this video for the way it takes the issue of self-confidence and shows these kids in her class that they can achieve great things as long as they believe, and they work to make that belief a reality. Being great is something we all have inside of us. It’s only a matter of finding a way to let it out.

As with so many things, it starts with a video on the internet. There’s this amazing video on youtube called “How Great I Am,” that gets its title from on of Muhammad Ali’s many, many speeches about, well, how great he is.

It’s an amazing piece of work, this video. It uses clips from boxing movies, a motivational speech from Rocky Balboa hisownbadself and parts of a movie about low-achieving students getting out there and achieving something.

The best part, though, to me is the secularized version of a quote from Marianne Williamson, an activist and motivational speaker and used in the movie Coach Carter. It goes something like this: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. . . We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

It’s a brilliant piece of motivation. I’m not a big boxing fan, even thought I’m a huge fan of Muhammad Ali. I loved his self confidence, his sense of humor, and his boundless belief that he could do anything he wanted to do. We can take many lessons, both good and bad, from that man. Off track.

Boxing. Not a big fan, but the sport is used to good effect in this motivational video. You dudes really need to give this video a watch.

After all the talk about how great these different people are, the video asks the question: How great are you going to be? Which, by the way, is a darn good question. It assumes you will be great. All you have to do is start working on it and find the pathway to greatness that lies before all of us. Find a youngish dude or dudette and have them watch this video. It will be worth their while.


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