When I was asked to do this speech today, in front of all of you, I kept wondering, whom should I talk about? Normally, on such occasions, speakers tend to bring up their parents or grandparents. Sometimes it's a well-known person, an inspiring individual such as Bill Gates, less often - politicians. For me however, and it may sound a little bit egotic, my favourite person is myself.
Why do I say that? It's because I don't want to believe that I need to be helped by another person in order to succeed, I want to succeed with my own work. I'm not saying that the help of others is something wrong or unnecessary, not at all. I just want to stress out that you, yourself are to craft your path and your future. I wouldn't be here today if I didn't believe in myself, I would achieve what I did achieve if I wasn't sure that I could do it.
All the time I come across people who cannot say "I'm an awesome person and I'm gonna do it!" and I believe it to be the saddest and the most depressing attitude of all.
We will always have our heroes, our raw models and people whom we'd like to be, given the chance. However, the way to become as successful as those heroes of ours, we need to work hard first and that is something that only we can do.