Funny Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen presents...

Certified Virtual Presenter

Linda's Positively Speaking Blog

Rants & Raves by Funny Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen


Are You Throwing Away Your Shot?

By Linda Larsen - Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Featured Image

Many motivational speakers, myself included, are passionately interested in knowing how a person, with little or no resources, can achieve extraordinary outcomes in life. Said another way, how do people achieve results that seem to defy logic?

A perfect place to look for the answer to this question is in the theater.

In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hit, Hamilton, one of his most memorable and powerful songs is, “My Shot.” (Lyrics and meaning here.) It refers to what the fearless nineteen year-old Hamilton views as his shot at glory when our country was on the brink of the American Revolution.

I remember watching the performance of this song in New York recently and being deeply moved by it. In the number, Hamilton is unequivocal. He has absolutely no doubt that this is his time and defiantly declares that he is NOT throwing away his shot. He is poor, has no education, no experience and no connections, and yet (and here’s the golden key) he is “…passionately smashin’ every expectation.”

“Passionately smashin’ every expectation.”

Have you ever shared your goal or dream with someone, only to hear a response like, “You can’t do that?” “That will never work.” “You don’t have the brains, talent, money, time, whatever, to make that happen.” OR - have you ever heard yourself say those very words to yourself? We all have. But regardless of who is doing the naysaying, when you notice it’s happening you must change your thinking. Right then. In that moment. Simply say to yourself: “Okay, stop. A poor skinny, hungry, orphaned immigrant kid from the Caribbean came to this country in 1772 and helped positively change American history forever. I’ve got way more going for me than he did. I’ve got this.”

And then, right out loud, to anyone listening, raise your voice and declare,

“I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation and I’m NOT throwing away my shot!

Oh yeah. You are just that good.  

About the Author

Linda Larsen, CSP, CPAE is a Hall of Fame Speaker, professional actress, best-selling author and serious lover of doggies. Linda speaks at conferences and meetings around the world, helping people bring the very best version of themselves to life every day! To talk to Linda about how she can contribute to the success of your next event, call 941-927-4700. Or go to Book Linda Now!

Like this blog? Share it!

Recent Posts



Tag Cloud

American Idol personal responsibility advertising happiness how to have high self-esteem Noah Racey's Pulse trust in relationships stonewalling Hillary Clinton friendships criticism clinical depression how to get what you want expectations positive perspective speak up Kelly Swanson cheerleading facebook activity Covid 19 laughter latex mattress review gripers passion political anxiety healthcare actors changing behaviors motivational speaker Linda Larsen selling happiness speaking nightmares Shakespeare, thank-you notes how to happy beauty Kay Frances mans search for meaning National Car Rental parenting the business of motivational speaker shakespeare holiday stress customer service secrets how to deal with negative people effective communication Lin-Manuel Miranda positive attitude happy customers motivational speaker success motivational speaker building character fact checking Conrad Hall Tim Richardson appreciation proactive people marriage defensiveness funny motivational speaker Linda Larsen southern accent mental illness Asolo State Theater coping with anxiety Viktor Frankl truth getting to yes compassion self talk handling fear funny motivational speakers nonverbal communication happiness at work stressful elections back relief personal development self confidence Meryl Runion whiners motivational speaker on communication building rapport complainers gratitude dr. john gottman Gary Marachek cell phone addiction communication model how to listen controlling your emotional state motivation listening airline pilots success encouragement remodel stress iPhone4S Donald Trump anxiety coronavirus goal achievement patient service humor depression bad drivers humorous motivational speaker good night's sleep attitude how to become a motivational speaker difficult people achievements customer service training brain chemistry achieving success motivational speakers difficult patients communication communication skills sleep high self-esteem fear of trump presidency habits raving fans Hamilton contempt funny motivational speaker customer service magic act self-image relationship building power of a smile tension time management bottom line improvement motivational speaker Brad Montgomery goal setting dental practice strategies joy how to strengthen relationships reframing Politifact husbands who don't listen gift ideas overcoming adversity feeling good marshmallow test finding humor vision boards personality types Delta bucket list losing weight Dr. Brene Brown, The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto understanding negative thinking public speaking horror stories costumes election 2016 successful dental practices personal achievement multi-tasking attitudes learning Broadway lying in politics personal growth unhappy employees listening skills divorce statistics managing stress gender communication liking conflict management panic attacks stress management linda larsen raising happy children Lenscrafters zig ziglar what you name the thing acting flying eyebrows aging mattress recommendation best bed for bad back Dr. Phil PhotoShop confidence change motivational speaker on customer service funny video dental practice truth in politics changing habits bipolar disorder Changing perspectives chronic back pain