After Stuart Scott’s emotional ESPY speech, here is Jim Valvano’s inspirational “Don’t Give Up” speech [Video]

Stuart Scott gave an emotional speech at the 2014 ESPYs as he accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance award, and he used the moment to bring everyone to tears as Scott openly talked about his seven-year battle with cancer.

As the team at rightly stated:

It’s the ultimate inspiration for anyone who is struggling through anything similar.

So with Stuart Scott’s inspiring words in mind, we thought we would turn back the clock to the original Jimmy V speech (for which the award is named after), and highlight three things that Coach V suggests all of us do to live a full day and a special life.

From the famous “Don’t Give Up” ESPY award acceptance speech by Jim Valvano.

Now I’m fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how’s your day, and nothing is changed for me. As Dick said, I’m a very emotional and passionate man. I can’t help it. That’s being the son of Rocco and Angelina Valvano. It comes with the territory. We hug, we kiss, we love. When people say to me how do you get through life or each day, it’s the same thing. To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

Here is the video of Jim Valvano’s speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards. Internalise his words!

Stuart Scott’s ESPY speech, in case you need even more motivation to go out in the world and kick ass.

And finally, for all those NCAA Basketball fans, how can we forget Jimmy V’s greatest coaching moment and one of the NCAA Finals most memorable finishes…EVER!


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