This is a highly motivational speech done by my self at the Speechcraft program of Toastmasters International at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. Hope, you will find something significant on this document. This speech goes on to discuss about what you can do to enhance your personal lives. To do such a speech, I was inspired by reading Robin Sharma's several books. So, thank you very much Robin.
Text of How would you like to die? Sanath Dasanayaka
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO DIE? 2014 HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO DIE?
1 | P a g e CC2 speech delivered by Sanath Dasanayaka at
Toastmasters International Speechcraft Program at Sabaragamuwa
University of Sri Lanka 2014 by Sanath Dasanayaka
2 | P a g e How would you like to die? As a winner of your own
life or a loser; a loser with L. The ordinary focus on what they
are getting. But the extraordinary think about who they are going
to become. Today, Im going to give you three concepts to be
successful in your personal lives and to be the difference. What
are those concepts? Do good to feel good, Listen twice as much as
you speak and Learn to say NO. Firstly, Do good to feel good. Doing
good makes people feel good. People who do good have great
feelings. But, remember, when you do good, do not expect something
in return. Universe serves all of us equally. In this case, you
will be served in the right way. When I do good it feels better. I
have felt that. Go out and look. There are many things you can help
with. Help your friend in need, share your knowledge and think of
what you can do world at large like Lord Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi and
Mother Teresa did. The world will remember you since you have done
something different. Then, listen twice as much as you speak. When
I was a little boy I used to speak too much. My mother was a wise
lady. One day she called me and told My son, you have one mouth and
two ears for a reason; to listen twice as much as you speak.
3 | P a g e Brilliant point. So, what do you think of that?
Many people around us speak too much without considering others
views. Just imagine. When you meet a stranger in the bus, he gets
know you and begins to speak too much the only way you can escape
is jumping out of the bus. I have experienced that and hope you
also have. Listening is the most root cause for deeper human
relationships and it sends the message. I value what you say and Im
humble enough to listen to your words. But, only few of us are
really good at listening. Then, think of you. Which kind of persons
you are. Once a wise man said, Never talk when you can nod.
Finally, learn to say no. All of us have been asked to say yes to
everything from our childhood. But, do you know? There is a great
value in saying no. you may think Im bit negative. No. absolutely
not. Every time, when you say yes to something unimportant you say
no to something important. Say no to a person who wants to gossip
with you. Say no to your neighbors who spread their negative
attitudes and laugh at your dreams. Say no to your friends who want
you to go out and have a liquor party.
4 | P a g e When you say no people will leave you. Dont worry.
Success is not about being liked, loved or popular. Its all about
doing what is right and how you see yourself. It doesnt matter how
others see you. Remember, a successful person should be part saint
and a part warrior. You are the masterpiece of your own life. You
have the right to decide your path. When you do something unique
you will have the joy of doing something different and becoming
someone distinct from others. Keep in mind. Everyone who achieved
success walked on different paths. Once great scientist, Albert
Einstein said, the one who follows the crowd will usually get no
further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find
himself in places no one has ever been. Then, find yours. Robin
Sharma said, Only follow the crowd when you are going to the exit.
Do this. Establish a set of values and principles that you commit
to follow in your life and follow them. Remember three points. Do
good to feel good, listen twice as much as you speak and learn to
say NO. Do not follow others. Find your own path. Be yourself.
Always express yourself and have faith in yourself. Remember, To be
a star, you must shine your own light and follow your own path and
do not worry about the darkness. For that is, stars shine
brightest. Do not be a dead star. Be the one who you ever wanted to
be. When you go home take a piece of paper and write down how you
would like to die.