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Persuasive Speech: You Already Have What You Need to Succeed

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Specific Purpose Statement: To persuade my audience that they can overcome the obsticles they face and achieve success



I am here because I feel that the youth of today are talented and intelligent Individuals.

Many young people just need to be motivated and given a fair chance at success. Young people need mentors to help them find their way and to help them stay focused. Mentors play an intricate roll in your lives and are sort of liaisons between your parents or guardians and your educators.

That is why I come before you today to speak. When I was your age I faced many challenges and was fortunate enough to have mentors and motivational speakers come to my schools and neighborhoods and talk to me. As a youth motivational speaker, it is imperative for me to address these issues and challenges you face today and will continue to face for the rest of your lives.

As you know, I am not a famous ball player or athlete. I am not a famous actor, entertainer or person with millions in the bank. I am not an ex-con who is going to tell you not to take the same path I took. However, my bio is quite powerful. Everything I went through made me the strong man I am today. I knew that education would be the key to my success. I developed the hunger and desire to be successful at a young age. I had so many reasons to become a statistic or to fail. Every one of those reasons would only have been excuses. I simply refused to become another negative statistic and that was a conscientious choice I made.
One of the words I will address for you today is the word statistic. We become a statistic b...


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...ecisions. No longer can we blame, “The man” or anyone else for our problems or failures. The only man who can hold you back is the one in the mirror. Ladies and gentlemen we are in a brand new era. We are in an era that saw the first black President, President Barack Obama, walk proudly into the White House. As President of the United States he is one of the most powerful men in the world. He has given us all hope. He has proven that in this country we call America; there are endless opportunities for anyone who believes in themselves and is willing to work hard. It does not matter what your circumstances were in the past or are presently.

As a speaker, I can only try to instill drive, tenacity and motivation into you. It has to already be in some way a part of you. Your success and level of achievement in life depends on it.



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