Jared Singer & A.R. – “Potential” (NPS 2014)


I grew up watching Michael Jordan. It was easy loving the best player
in the history of the game. All the kids did. From a seemingly impossible hang time to his perfect situational awareness, there was something for everyone to envy. But me, I loved his baseball swing, how bad it was. I loved watching a man that graceful
be awful at something. I loved his last year on the Wizards, when his whole playstyle changed
from sports god to wounded giraffe. Every time he ran down the court, tilting, like he might fall
and never get back up. Thank you for not quitting
when you were the best, for knowing that some things
are always worth fighting for. Too many fools think that success
is the reason to reach. It is easy to walk away with the crown. It is easy to Larry Bird, for Johnny Cash. True courage is knowing
that the reason to reach is to reach. I was born with a brain disorder. I had open-heart surgery at 10 months old. The doctors said I’d never hold a pencil. The doctors said I wouldn’t live
past the age of five. I was homeless at 17. I had my first child at 18. I was homeless at 19. But I made it, and now I work three jobs
and I attend college. I made it! I graduated with four degrees
and own my own business. I made it, but I hate that people look at me
like that is enough, like success is the reason
I crawled out of the gutter. This was never about
being one of the haves, it was about knowing that I could. Success is a hollow thing, merely an end result, never a purpose. Like having a silver medal
when you know you could have a gold. Like having one championship
when you know you could have six. Like settling for any number
of championships when you know you could reinvent the game. I curse… I curse the name
of all legends who quit on top. We don’t need examples of greatness. We are human, we know there is potential
for greatness in all of us. What we need is to reach and fulfill that potential. They say Icarus was a fool
for flying too close to the sun. I say it is only because of him
we know how close we can get. I… (applause) I love the fall, love those brave enough to fail for the right reasons. Fuck the easy glory of mere excellence. The only legacy I will accept is to know that however far that I got, it was as far as I was capable of going. I want to drown in my own sweat, knowing there was nothing left. (cheers and applause)

50 thoughts on “Jared Singer & A.R. – “Potential” (NPS 2014)

  1. I was gonna turn it off after e first 30 seconds.. Soooooo glad I didn't ^.^
    Hella inspirational! Just awesomee! (:

  2. Wow, i wasn't caught the first few lines but man did that end on a high.

  3. The passion in these men's voices….I felt their words. Thank you for posting, this made my day.

  4. This woke something up within my soul. I needed to hear this 🙂 thank you

  5. "Like settling for any number of championships when you know you can reinvent the game" 

  6. I had been looking for that Icarus quote for weeks, not remembering where I had heard it, I can finally know where it came from!

  7. i love those brave enough to fail for the right reasons

  8. "Success is a hollow thing — merely an end result, never a purpose."

    Favourite line, chills ran up my back.

  9. This honestly has given me the motivation I been searching for. I will now do my college apps.

  10. I'm going to turn the volume all the way up and listen to this in public, because everyone should hear this whether they want to or not

  11. How did these two come together to make such an awesome poem? I love listening to this over and over

  12. this is my go-to shits, everytime I need something to boosts my moral

  13. Man i cry every time i watch this, shoulda learned my lesson… maybe not watch it at work…

  14. "I say it is because of him we know how close we can get." I absolutely love how they took out a positive meaning out of it. And that's why I absolutely love them

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