Top Motivational Speeches to inspire you and your students

One of the biggest risks I have ever taken in my career is leaving a full-time permanent Head of Department position after seventeen years as a teacher.  It should be noted that for the most part I absolutely loved my job and thrived in being involved in many other aspects of school life.  I am convinced that a number of my colleagues and family members thought I had gone completely mad when I officially handed in my notice!  However, thankfully I have survived and can very much relate to the key messages in Steve Jobs speech (see YouTube clip below).  I had a fantastic career as a full- time teacher, with no regrets.  Nor do I have any regrets about moving forward to try my hand in new roles and fulfill other ambitions.  It is only now that I can understand the connections about how each dot connects another dot.  I can also truly relate to Jobs concepts about ‘doing what you love’ and ‘not to waste a day of your life’.  Whether you are a student or a teacher, I hope you will carry these key messages with you always.

Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford University Graduate Speech

Steve Jobs was the co-founder of Apple Inc, a start-up that began in his father’s garage but grew exponentially to become a billion-dollar company in a very short space of time.  This YouTube clip is one of Steve Jobs most well known motivational speeches.  Jobs provides insight into some very delicate personal stories, applying 3 key takeaways for the next generation of graduates.
(1) ‘Trusting the dots will connect gives you the confidence to follow your heart’
(2)
‘You’ve got to find what you LOVE’
(3) Your time is limited, so don’t waste it on living someone else’s life’ Steve Jobs died in 2011, age 56.

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Look at the questions that relate most to you. Everyone will have different reasons for their circumstances and sometimes we have no choice but to accept our current situation at a particular point in our life.
(1) Why did I choose to be in this job? Why did I start this business? Why am I doing this course?  
(2) What do I love the most about the job?  What do I enjoy most about the subjects I study?
(3) Do the positives outweigh the negatives?  If there are more negatives, what can I do to improve my circumstances? For example, how can I make the job or the subjects I study less stressful or more enjoyable?
(4) How can I reward myself for my hard work?  Think short term and long term.
(5) When I feel that my time has come to an end in this job or my courses have finished, how can I use my knowledge, skills and/or qualifications to take the next step?

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