WORK HARDER THAN YOU THINK YOU POSSIBLY CAN: BEN AFFLEC OSCAR ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Ben Afflec’s Oscar acceptance has stuck with me for quite a while now. I ususally fast-forward acceptance speeches of all kinds, because they are usually self serving and boring, but this time, I listened. I’m glad I did. Not because I like Ben Afflec, but because he has been able to show that hard work pays off. He has been able to transform himself from a so-so actor, who gets no respect, to a multiple award-winning director. I think that he has become a much better actor in the process. If you have seen “The Town”, then you’ll get what I’m saying.

This is a excerpt from his acceptance speech at The Academy Awards …because of so many of you who are here tonight, because of this Academy, because of so many wonderful people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it in Hollywood. You know what I mean, I couldn’t get them a job.

I want to thank them and I want to thank what they taught me, which is that you have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can’t hold grudges. It’s hard but you can’t hold grudges. And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because that’s going to happen. All that matters is you gotta get up.

This rings true for everything in life. Allow yourself to dream, work hard and it will come true.

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