Motivation Monday: University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven

My father sent this video to me recently. He has always been a strong supporter of hard work, determination, faith and strength. He has taught me to never give up on my hopes and dreams; that everything can be accomplished through hard work, a positive attitude and dedication. Like many, having children was a personal desire and goal. When I was told that I only had a 1% chance of having babies on my own, it was devastating. I started to believe I wouldn’t ever get pregnant or have children. Guess what, I never gave up hope or the faith that someday, somehow it would happen. It was a tough road. Many times, I wanted to give up, though I didn’t. I continued to keep the faith even when I thought it was fruitless. There were many times I thought this would be the first time I would actually fail at something. It was one of the most difficult times in my life. My husband and I worked hard at investigating family building alternatives and finally; through hard work, determination, faith, prayer and a good team by our side, we became pregnant with our twin daughters – a year after their birth, we became pregnant on our own with our son. To this day, we still can’t believe we have three children knowing there was a time when it looked like we would have none.

This commencement address from University of Texas, Austin by Admiral William H. McRaven is a bit long but I promise you it is worth taking the time to watch especially if you are feeling like you can’t go on anymore with a challenge you are facing. Enjoy. Be strong!