Shah Rukh Khan’s Motivational Speech at Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai

Here are the highlights of Shah Rukh Khan’s Speech:

Apart from my lack of knowledge and fear the only other problem is that I am really not good at giving discourses on how to be successful.

I will bore you with a few details of my life and how I got to be a movie star…and mainly talk about success and how it came to be.

The biggest problem with success is that any narrative of success is bound to be at least a little bit dull…because its not your story.

Talking about how to become successful is a waste of time… instead let me tell you very honestly…whatever happened to me happened because I am really scared of failure.

I don’t want as much to succeed as much as I don’t want to fail.

When you are 50, you’ll realise that the bulk of your regrets are from not having done what you wished to do.

All you want to be is yourself and you’re quite sure you know what that is.

When I was ten, my father gifted me a chess set. Now, chess is a reflection of life. The first thing it teaches you is that every move has a consequence.

Feel free to be yourself and don’t let anyone, including me, tell you who you are or what you ought to be.

All that parents try to do is to make you happy with your choices by annoying you with ours, which are your choices anyway.

I’m here tonight on your side only to confirm your conviction as you set forth in the big, bad world.

Think through things not always but often enough so that your life doesn’t look as uniform and black and white like a chess board.

Sometimes the queen looks attractive but if she gets taken by an adversary straight after you have saved her, then you might be better off saving your castle or the bald bishop instead.

Don’t always choose what seems most desirable if something tells you it might get you into trouble.

If you forget the smallest of your people, or become to foolish enough to imagine that the little graces you’re given are of no value, you end up nowhere.

Taking your blessings for granted is the most ungracious stupidity, both in chess and in life.

The second gift my father gifted was an old Italian typewriter. To use it well, you needed diligence.

When things are broken, the greatest creativity emanates from the fragments.

Notice the tiny things which make your existence privileged and special.

You cannot get anywhere in chess if you don’t look out for the little ones – the small pawns around you. Life is like that too.


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