You Go Get Your Palace

20 April 2010

One of my favorite movies of all time is Cool Runnings. This is the transcript of a very inspiring scene that demonstrates what happens quite frequently in life. We share our dreams with someone only to have them laughed at, and we are told that they are impossible and we can’t or won’t make it.

Yul: Say whatever it is that you want…’cause you’re just like every other fool on the island. You’re going nowhere, Sanka, and you’re thrilled to death about it. But you see me? You see me? I’m different, ’cause I know exactly…where I’m going…and after l, Yul Brenner, win the Olympics and become famous…I’m going to leave the island…and live right down there.
[Pulls out picture of Buckingham Palace]
Sanka: [Laughing]
Yul: What are you laughing about?
– What are you laughing about?
Sanka: That’s Buckingham Palace. You plan on living there, you’re going to have to marry the Queen.
Junior: Yul, that’s where the Queen of England lives.
Sanka: Face it, Yul Brenner– You can start calling yourself Madonna…but you’re still going to end up in an outhouse shanty like every
other dock-working nobody.
Junior: Mm, says who?
Sanka: Says me, rich boy. What do you know about it?
Junior: Well, I know my father started off in a one-room hut.
– Now he lives in one of the biggest homes in Kingston.
Sanka: Well, he ain’t your father.
Junior: He doesn’t have to be. All he has to do is know what
he wants and work hard for it. And if he wants it bad enough, he’ll get it.
Look, believe me, Sanka…the more Yul Brenners we got making it in this world…
the better off this world will be, especially for Jamaicans.
Go ahead, Yul Brenner.
Go get your palace.

This scene has probably played out hundreds of millions of times in tens of millions of lives – just this week! We must not throw our pearls to swine and we must not let the nay-sayers win the day. Because the more people like YOU we got making it in this world…the better off this world will be.

Go ahead, [insert your name here]. Go get your palace!
Buckingham Palace

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