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gentlemen. thank you for coming out tonight. nick adams will do a presentation on his latest book, and one. we are happy to have you here but for those of you who do not know i am sadie adams and the wife of nick adams. [applause] thank you. now, if you've heard nick speak before you are in for a treat because the speech will be different than anything you've ever heard before. as it is on his new book. one of my favorite things about being married to neck is growing up knowing that the american dream existed but getting to see it through someone who was not born here was not raised here and getting to see him live out what exactly that american dream is. in three short years has been able to travel the country and
i've been with him for about two and half of those years of him traveling the country gone to meet people from all 50 states to confirm exactly what nick is speaking about america is the greatest country in the history of the world if you work hard with determination you can do anything you want to in this country. nick says success isn't guaranteed in the country but if you work hard and hustle your success will be rewarded. getting to see that firsthand from someone who's living it everything with a has been incredibly special particularly at a time where america is more polarized than ever in the country is going in the direction we don't want to see it go because there's two very distinct sides who do not like each other very much. we need someone like neck who will unite people with there's one thing we should all agree on
is that we are looking to be here and this is a great country. that is next message when he goes into elementary, middle and high schools and speaks in all 50 states. without further ado to hear it from the man himself, my husband, nick adams. [cheering and applause] >> good evening, ladies and gentlemen. tonight we gather to do something unique and to do something that we used to do as a matter of cause but now is a path seldom traveled. tonight you will not focus on her weaknesses or struggles nor will be labor on our imperfections or lament our failures or ascribe blame to guilty parties. tonight we will focus on what unites us as americans and
[inaudible] tonight we celebrate our amazing american adhesive, the glue to our greatness and on what makes our stars & stripes week to so many so different. three beautiful words -- the american dream. it has no sibling, no cousin and it is deeply unique, incredibly exceptional and the greatest gift of mankind to the world. that is what we are celebrating tonight. it was set up by our founders, esteemed men of incomparable legacy, the devised a society that would commit many women to achieve way beyond what they would and could and other lands. it allowed ordinary people to be
in the minimal and the pursuit of their own personal goals. a society that understood that you cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging risk. that did not focus on strengthening the week by weakening the strong, that new you cannot help little men by tearing down big men. a society that refused to lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. they rejected helping the poor by destroying the rich. there was the brotherhood of men would not be furthered by inciting class hatred. these were just a few of the ten canards authored by presbyterian minister reverend william
[inaudible] born in hamburg, germany, and immigrant to the united states. he also spoke of seven national crimes. circumstances that limit or prohibit your own personal american dream from being possible. i don't think and i don't know and i don't care but i am too busy and i leave well enough alone and i have no time to read and find out i'm not interested. if that is you you are consigning yourself to a dull and listless life, one defined by mediocrity and if you had that approach in life you will fail. if you have had a passion [inaudible] you will never amount to much good if you pursue your life with disinterest, lethargy or latitude my advice is to lay off the decaf, drink coffee and if
you do not strive for demand perfection in everything you do you will fall short. if you do not get the little things right you are guaranteed to get big ones wrong. if you do not dream, nightmares were made more difficult to combat. you must discover your passion, plan your purpose and execute your plan. it will not be easy. it never is. no life is without failures and confrontations but life is about absorbing the blows and be wiser for them and persevering because the possibilities are never exhausted. think about our founding fathers. every one of us there is still a little bit of them. as a motivator in public school classrooms and assembly hall i urge young americans to know
that they are the descendents of immigrants and slaves who refuse to accept the limits of the old world and that their forefathers took great risk and paid a great price to earn a better life and that this is who we come from that their blood runs in our veins but as americans and dreamers as innovators and as those willing to upend the desk and start over legacy is unmatched. our farmers, scientists, citizens and entrepreneurs offer ingenuity and we harnessed it. few of us realize the power of the american dream before us and with us now and their impact on the world we live in today. the american dream is responsible for the following:
this is hardly an exhaustive list: refrigeration, airplanes, computer, communication satellites, e-mail, gps, internet, credit cards, cable television, weather satellites, facebook, youtube, netflix, amazon, movie and television streaming. we hoisted our flag on the moon more than two generations ago and we mapped the human genome a decade ahead of schedule. all of the life saving drugs administered around the world are the product of american pharmaceutical research and it was norman, an american economist who develop disease-resistant crops that single-handedly fed the entire world.
billions of people are alive today because of him. sadly most of our young people have never heard of him. all of this success has been achieved with less than 5% of the world population. talk about punching above your weight. think of the passion, purpose and resolve in all that inventive genes, opportunity, not dependency, created these successes. i always tell people in america you can be anything you want to be so don't dream small, make it a dream worth living. i have dedicated my life to inspiring people and to achieve their dream and escape the quicksand of mediocrity and find the solid ground of greatness.
instead of the shackles of doubt and negativity and instead where the cape of confidence and conviction and to press on even when they are tired and discouraged and ready to quit and to embrace the aristocracy of america, not because there is one because it's a beautiful o one, one unlike any other and not based on birth or based on need or not based on social rank but based on individual dots, individual effort, individual vision, individual passion and individual tenacity. anyone and everyone can be a part of this aristocracy. it doesn't matter if you come from a big city or a town so small you can't find it on a map. the american aristocracy is made
up of people from all walks of life, all races and all [inaudible] the macon dream is rich in determination and destitute in diffidence. the american dream will not come to those who conform and will not come to the beach for the parasite, it will come to the self-starter in the go-getter and will not belong to the tepid only the intrepid and will more likely be the domain of the risk taker than the risk of murder. these are the lessons that i have learned in my life. these are the lessons i try to impart to every audience i speak to. i want every american from florida from oregon to washington and maine to not to
know how much of a head start they have on achieving their dream. just by virtue of living in this country. i would know. i was not born here. i was not raised here. i did not go to school here and no one in my family ever lived here but i always wanted to come here and coming here is the best thing that ever happened to me for as long as i live i will never forget that in no other country on earth is my story even possible. i believe in the american dream and this belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the american people and the brilliance and uniqueness of the american ideal but it also comes from my own story and i'm the son of a
mathematician and a nurse with greek and german heritage and i have lived in three different countries and speak three languages. i have gone to some of the best schools in the world and i've been immersed in different cultures my whole life and i have friends who are jewish, muslim, hindu and buddhist. friends that are indian, sri lanka, italian, chinese, korean, serbian and lebanese. i believe the macon dream is central and there are many farmers that have hundreds of millions who aspire for the american dream and they will do anything to reach america and to commence their search forward so it is not only american who strive to reach their american dream but untold millions who do not have the means because of the way their current birthplace
is set up. while on paper my successes in australia were many and my joints were few. when it came to my dream i was surprised, squished, squelched and suppressed. while america is a society built on being the best australia demands conformity and america demands creativity and in australia i was a square peg in a round hole. since coming to america three years ago i have built a million-dollar organization and employ six people and i'm a regular on national television and have been to the white house several times and being aboard air force one, being interviewed by tony robbins on national television, c-span has done a three hour documentary on my life and i feel called
personally from governors, congressmen, senators, white house officials and business giants. i have received the highest honorary award in four different states. i am in a different city almost every other day and not spoken to audiences in 40 of the 50 states. my book class dismissed was featured in barnes & noble in new york that avenue for the entire month of february. i am now married to an american who carries within her the blood of military veterans who have fought in several wars and an inheritance we will pass on to our children. my time in america has led me to honors far beyond any dream or ambition i had ever nursed and as i told school students locked within you is a dynamic thinking, feeling, creating
human being. but sometimes following your dream is like driving in a bad snowstorm. you might be following taillights at 5 miles an hour until you finally get to where you are going. if you persist and keep going you will get to your destination. i will tell you something about america. it does not offer much of a hammock but does offer a trampoline. that is why this is the best place for dreams. never has there been a nation so forgiving of failure and never has there been a place of unlimited chance. never has there been a culture so in love with redemption where failure and other societies lead to isolation but in america every setback is a set up for a
comeback. there is no reason to hold on to the lingering effects of a previous failure. our history is replete with men who have failed constantly and yet have a permanent place in history. among them abraham lincoln, walt disney, colonel sanders, pt barnum. henry ford, thomas edison, winston churchill, jk rowling, steve jobs, bill gates. when i go around the country and speak to schools i ask the students what do you think is hindering you and what is stopping you and what obstacles are in your way? it is always the same answer. title i schools students tell me they are poor and have no money and no way to make bank.
so i tell them the story. in the early 70s there was an unknown actor trying to make it in new york and he moved to california but things were not going well there either. as a matter of fact things were so bad had to sell his dog because he cannot afford to feed him. then one day he saw something they gave him an idea to ride right script about a man going to stand up to life and take a shot and go the distance. within three days he finished the script. some hollywood producers read the script and loved it. except for one thing, they did not want him to play the main character. it was too much of a risk at the box office. they offered him $360,000 for the script but only on the
condition he could not be in the movie. remember, the actor had no car, $106 in the bank and had sold his dog to pay the bills. but he knew he would never forgive himself if the movie ended up being a success and was not in it. he believed in it too much. he rolled the dice on it and eventually the producers relented and gave him $1 million to make the movie starring himself. $1 million even in the 1970s was an extraordinarily large amount for a film budget. using friends and family in the cast, held ten cameras and only using one take to fill most of the footage they came in just under budget movie went on to receive nine oscar nominations,
her job at tulane university was not cutting it. the ad in the newspaper seem to jump out at her -- for sale, chris steakhouse. chris was selling his business. i can do that said ruth, positively. that was a bold statement and having experience running a restaurant was not something on ruth's resume but she had faith in god and she believed it herself and she knew the name chris steakhouse had rate value. for 40 years they built up a loyal clientele and all she had to do was keep it going. ruth mortgaged her house, $180 $18000, to buy the restaurant.
from that board day forward the woman with a degree in chemistry and physics learned restaurant management on the job. i don't know whether i was any of or plain stupid but i never thought i would fail, she said years later. the hours were terrible but customers saw how hard i was working and they wanted me to succeed. besides, i thought my employees would respect me more if i worked right along side them and so i did. for the next ten years her business grew stronger and stronger and went from selling 35 sticks today to 250 and then disaster struck. the restaurant burned to the ground. she owed a large sum of money though she did not reopen right away and she would be bankrupt.
more than that being out of sight, out of mind for any length of time would be deadly for her business. what to do? ruth was in tears when she arrived at her fingers office hoping he might have an idea and why don't you just reopen in the building you already own down the street, suggested the bank. ruth thought about it and was not a bad idea and purchased the other location nearby for writing perceptions and by the parties but how could she get ready quickly? than a stroke of good luck, something that often absent those with the right attitude. it just so happened that a man who did construction was in the bank at the time said ruth and said he could get my new location open in one week and he did. just as they were about to move in ruth was given more bad news. her attorney reminded her that the original agreement stipulated that the name chris
steakhouse could only be used in the original location. by moving to a new address she could be sued. now what to do and she cannot very well change the name of the business but she had spent a decade building it up and not to mention the untold value of the prior 40 years in which the restaurant operated under that name. ruth thought about it for a moment and said a quick prayer and i don't have time to do a marking study on the name and i can't afford a lawsuit so i'll just put my name in front, that is it, she said. again, later that day to her sign maker and printer and they all looked at her blankly. just ahead my name in the front of it she repeated to them. just call it ruth chris steakhouse and today there are 90 of them.
that was a story told in an incredible book when god looks at you. another in misery whose student was in the audience in my presentation about my book "class dismissed" told me my message about [inaudible] was too cavalier and too risky. this made me think about the story of sam. the son of a small town oklahoma banker and he and one of his brothers had put together a chain of 15 ben franklin franchises, after buying the first five and dime with a $25000 loan in 1945. sam proposed building bigger stores with smaller profit margins in small towns all around the country but was shot down by then franklin executives. at the age of 45 he went out on
his own. most businessmen at that age would have played it safe. but not sam walton. he opened up his first walmart and began amassing a family fortune that today is more than 175 billion dollars. billion dollars. then there was fred luster a steelworker until he was laid off and did not groan or mope but had always had a gift for cutting hair so he became a barber and discovered this gift was not just for cutting hair but for the entire field of personal grooming. bread whose education was forged in the steel mills rather than university classrooms built products a multi- billion-dollar corporation and as i tell students regularly if fred could
reinvent his life why shouldn't you be able to overcome any obstacles in your own path? for centuries entrepreneurship has been the path to the american dream. in my book "class dismissed" i urge young people to not follow the crowd but do what is right for them. if you are not going to be a doctor or lawyer then college is not a must. a far more important quality than merely checking a checklist is having the strength of character and purpose to find opportunities. someone who had that strength of character and purpose was geor george. he was a scientist and a teacher who encouraged the planting of peanuts to improve the lives of
farmers. at first the farmer thought he was, pardon the pun. [laughter] but then after several successful crops they thought he was a genius. but then life tossed up a challenge. everyone planted peanuts in the market became flooded and peanuts the man plummeted and peanuts rotted in the field and farmers became discouraged and negative. we were fools for listening to you they told george. george was condemned as shortsighted but capitulation were not in his nature. he returned to his laboratory and emerged in triumph and his research led to more than 300 commercial applications for the peanut.
he made milk, margarine, mayonnaise, soap, cooking and rubbing oils, cosmetics, fire, inc., shoe polish, shaving cre cream, cheese, chili sauce, shampoo and bleach. today george washington carver is a household name. the questions that i ask and the questions that prompted me to write class dismissed our do you know your purpose? do you have a roadmap for your life? have you made a list of the things that inspire you the mo most? have you been able to put together that would allow you to incorporate some of the things you are passionate about? is your why big enough to find the how to make it happen?
the symmetries of the world are full of unfulfilled dreams. that is why it is so critical to change your life and follow your dream. achieve it and use your life up. i want to champion the opportunities that are everywhere for those that [inaudible] if you are not there yet don't worry as you continue to work on your roadmap the vision for your life will become clearer challenge yourself. always use your hardship and impossible circumstances to find opportunity and a new strategy and that the battle of the reservoir in 1950 marine general
lewis puller went after being surrounded by the chinese at a ratio of 29: one replied simply, great news, men. we can attack in any direction. [laughter] that is the kind of thinking we all need. dare to be great, dare to live, dare to love and dare to try and dare to dream have unflinching zeal, with unbending resolve own an unshakable sense of -- be on fire with energy and be the flame that refuse to be snuffed out and then there will be no problem cannot solve and no destiny you cannot fulfill. i am a product of the american dream because i stand on the shoulders of giants before me. it is their bravery and determination that sustains me
and it is their legacy that flags have determined to preserve for generations to co come. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. god bless you. [cheering and applause] thank you. thank you very much. [applause] >> you are watching the tv as he's been to the top nonfiction books and authors every weekend. bottini television for serious readers. >> tonight what our in-depth program from earlier today political medication experts and former dean of the annenberg school.
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