In his early twenties, Denzel worked as a garbage man and a postman simultaneously to make ends meet. He told the Hollywood Reporter, “You have eight hours worth of work, but you can do it in three. Then you come back home. Post office, you have three hours, and you can make it Class A. I did both. I liked being the garbage man better.”
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Denzel did not complain about being poor, he made it by working hard and believing in himself, here are lessons he shared in his motivational speech:
Don't be afraid to fail big, to dream big, but remember,
Dreams without goals, are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment.
We all have dreams. But at some point in life, we compromise.
We take jobs we hate, to have a certain social status.
We stop believing in our dreams. We settle.
I don't care how much money you make, you can't take it with you.
It's not how much you have, it's what you do with it.
Goals can only be achieved by Discipline and Consistency.
You need to respect your dreams enough to have discipline.
The hardest workers work 100+ hour work weeks.
Because they love what they do. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret.
Discipline comes easy when you love what you do.
When you surrender to the pull inside you,
rather than pushing hard to achieve what you don’t want inside.
You need to control your mind to realize what lies in your heart.
Make a difference, we all have that unique gift, to touch people, to affect people. Understand that gift.
Don’t just live for money. Live for something greater than yourself.
For that will determine not only how you live, but also how you die.
And nobody wants to die with regret in their heart.
When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up.
If you want something you never had, you have to do something you never did.
Don't just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.