Thursday, January 14, 2016

Share Aloha!

New years are second chances to be a better version of yourself. To work harder, to continue dreaming and to share kindness to more people.

Here's an amazing graduation speech by Mayor Billy Kenoi of Hawaii to Hawai'i Pacific University's graduates who just like you and me are about to face a new chapter of life this coming 2016.


Some of my favourite parts in his speech:

“Whether you believe you can, or you believe you can't -- you're right.” --Henry Ford

"No such thing no can. Always can."

"When further challenges arise, remember today. Remember this feeling of accomplishment and achievement. Relish it, embrace it and rub it in all over. Because anytime you doubt yourself, remember what got you here. Remember you dream and set a goal. You had a goal of acquiring a higher level of education which is the great equalizer of our society."

"The harder you work, the better you do. The more you put in, the more you get out. And that will remain true the rest of your life."

"When you get give, when you learn, teach."

"Aloha, kindness, compassion. Sometimes we define success by our job titles, by the house we own, cars we drive, or the influence or power we might will one day. But I am here to tell you that the people I look up to, the people I admire, the people I revere are humble, kind, compassionate, sincere. Take your education, take your dreams, take your life and go out there but most importantly share the aloha, share kindness."


"Love, aloha -- it doesn't cost any money and it doesn't take any effort. And the most amazing part? The more you give, the more you get and the more you give, the more you have ... and you can never ever run out."

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Say what you mean and mean what you say."

"Don't just think before you talk, think and feel before you talk. That way everything you say comes from your heart. Whether people agree or disagree with you at least you are honest." 

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