How To Use Motivational Speeches as a Tool to Build Your Self Confidence

At the start of the pandemic I lost my first accounting internship. With graduation next semester, that made it even harder to get a full-time job. In addition, I drove Lyft and Uber during my free time after working at my internship and before attending night class. However, with the pandemic situation, I was forced to stop working as a rideshare driver because my parents were high risk. I would not have gotten through this tough time if not for motivational speeches.

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By Camille Bonifacio

Losing my job was devastating and triggered the anxiety and depression I already had from studying to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I was taking higher accounting courses, for example, that required more attention to detail to get good grades and maintain a strong competitive GPA. At the same time I had an internship that I hoped would translate to a full-time job. I know in my heart and mind that you understand the pressure I went through during this time. On top of that, I still have a responsibility to pay my student loans after graduation.

Then I started listening to motivational speeches and they changed my perspective.

What is a motivational speaker? 

A motivational speaker, also known as an inspirational speaker, is someone who delivers speeches with the intention of motivating or inspiring the people in the audience. Typically, he or she has a reputation as an expert on the subject being discussed and will encourage the audience to look at things from a different perspective and become more attentive to their own talents and abilities.

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I listen to motivational speakers to get different perspective…

In this world we live in today, it can be hard to separate the truth from the fake stories that slip into our phones or social media like they are at a rave or a Coachella festival. The motivational speakers I listen to are the most open-minded people in this world. They always point out the importance of thinking and deciding for your own mind.

It is very interesting when you try to educate yourself with different ways of thinking. It is like when you become a teenager and experience adolescence such as having your first pimple or breakout, growing a mustache or beard, or talking about going to the best college in town. What did you feel when you were going through this stage of your life? I felt excitement, fear and sadness all at the same time. I wondered how my actions would lead me to my goals. School never taught me “how to survive on your own.”

The motivational speeches that helped me the most

These speeches helped me become motivated and successful.


“You will fail at something. Accept it. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.”


“I can get through this. I will get through this. I must get through this.”


“Mastering yourself is the key to happiness.”

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