If this motivational speech from Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis doesn’t fire you up, I don’t know what will.
If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor watch the clip. If you have, view it again.
Warning: Studies have shown it may accelerate the growth of chest hair in most men (and even some women).
Ray Lewis gave this inspirational talk to the Stanford Cardinals men’s basketball team just before an NIT tournament game in March of 2012.
Here’s the text of the Ray Lewis Speech:
“If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?
Forget everything else. Forget everything else. Forget that there was any sunlight left.
What would you spend today thinking about. Yourself? Or the man that’s beside you? Or the man that you know you’d give everything in your heart for?
We get one opportunity in life. One chance in life—to do whatever you’re gonna do. To lay your foundation. To make whatever mark you’re gonna make. To leave whatever legacy you’re gonna leave. Leave your legacy. And it’s found through effort.
Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge effort. Effort is between you and you. Effort ain’t got nothing to do with nobody else. So that team that thinks they’ve already seen you? They think what they’ve seen on film. They ain’t saw what film shows. Because every day is a new day. Every moment is a new moment.
So now you got to go out and show them that you’re a different creature now than I was five minutes ago. ‘Cause I’m pissed off for greatness. Because if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that means you’re okay with being mediocre. Aint no man in here okay with being just basic. So let’s do what we do. Tonight, we ain’t gotta worry about taking no breaks.
Let’s go do this!”