Angad Singh Padda – Do More
In this powerful motivational speech, Angad Singh Padda shares how a remote Indian village, in the middle of nowhere, has the ability to solve all the world’s problems through generosity, real love, and doing more. “They say that dreams are not the ones that you have when you go to bed. Hell no! Dreams are the ones that don’t let you go to bed”
Think about that one problem that matters the most to you. That one issue you really need to resolve to make this world a better place, and open your eyes.
That right there, that right there is the core of my speech today. When I first came to the U.S, my only objective was to become successful, live the American Dream. So one day I could use that success to go back to my home state and fix the drug problem.
When I was growing up, I lost two of my best friends to drug abuse. I did. So that’s a problem that I gotta fix, right? But when I met every single one of you right here, I learned about the problems that you all care about. For example, whenever there’s a kid in Oakland who can’t afford school, that’s a problem. Whenever climate change wipes out a species, that’s a problem. Whenever a Muslim woman gets bullied because of her hijab, or a Jewish man because of his yarmulke, or a Sikh man because of his turban, that is a problem.
And so why am I talking about this, why? All of us, we all care about prosperity for everyone, to go beyond ourselves, to make this world a better place. We want to unify this world. That is who we are.
Many people are probably wondering, “that’s fine, but that’s also nonsense.” “That’s so impractical, because unifying the world has never been done before, what are you talking about?” There is no place in this world, some will say, where people have been unified like that. But what if I said that there was? What if I said that there was a place like that, where people are one?
There’s a village in India, I’m not kidding, called Shani Shingnapur, and in that village, not a single house has a door, and that’s because the villagers firmly believe that there is no need for borders or barriers or discrimination. They’re all one. And that is why, in that village, there has never been a theft, or a robbery, or a single incident of violence.
So, class of 2017, I ask all of you. What if all of us can use our education to create a world just like that village? They say that dreams are not the ones that you have when you go to bed. Hell no. Dreams are the ones that don’t let you go to bed, like the one that Martin Luther King had. That was a dream! That was a dream.
The same way I know that everybody over here, we also have a dream. Our dream is to create a world where we are all one. I’m not gonna say, “let’s go out there and earn the most profit.” I’m gonna say “let’s go out there and earn prosperity for everyone.” I am not gonna say, “let’s go out there and just earn the six figures.” I’m gonna say “let’s take away six of the world’s biggest problems.” I am not gonna say “let’s just enter the Forbes 40 Under 40.” I am gonna say “let’s unify this world with 40 Pew.” That is our identity. That is who we are.
In the beginning of my speech today, every single person over here, from right there to right there, you all thought about that one problem that mattered the most to you, right? Now is the time to go out there and fix all of these problems. Every single one of them. And so, here’s my last sentence. My last sentence. Our legacy will be, we all not only did good business, no, no, no, we all engaged in the business of doing good.
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Angad Singh Padda