Winston Churchill's Shortest Speech

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Winston Churchill’s Shortest Speech
By Joseph Van T. Bue

ALL OF US have experienced challenges, you might be even experiencing one right now. But challenges are merely training grounds for one to learn the needed skill in life. As we strive to reach our goals, these come often unexpected. Like a passenger in an airplane not knowing when turbulence would come unless the captain gives a forewarning. And basically, the ones that stress us the most are those without admonition. Winston Churchill once attended a commencement exercise in his alma mater. The auditorium filled up with graduating students, parents, dignitaries and guests. There he gave the shortest yet unforgettable speech. He paused over the audience, removed his hat and said “Never, never, never give up!” Afterwards, he put on his hat and left the auditorium. His message simply tells us that we ought to acquire the right attitude. Try to see two individuals raised in the same house, went to the same school with the same teachers, attended same church, but you may find one struggling while the other one becomes successful. The difference is attitude. For when a man says, “I can” another says, “I cannot.” Now who among these two men is right? Well, both of them for the Bible says, “For as a man thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7) Wayne Cordeiro puts it “You are one attitude away from a great life” The life that we live today is because of the life we have lived yesterday, together with all the right and wrong decisions made. If we choose to live a successful future life, we ought to carefully make the right decisions now. More so, look for something to improve in ourselves. Develop what needs to be developed in us. If we all ought to increase even just 1 percent of daily improvement, we will soon find out that at the end of the year, we have become 300 percent better than the previous year. A friend I know, used to have stage frights, and obviously had a trembling voice when emceeing....
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