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Usher Raymond Scholarship Essay

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“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.” - Muhammad Ali. When we pretend we are successful the brain conditions itself to become successful. When we develop the mind-set of a champion we persuade our brains that we are champions. Acting as champions can persuade our brains that we are champions well before we achieved the goal of becoming a champion. When we see ourselves as champions, we ignore the failures in our lives. Ali's quote is one that motivates us to remain optimistic. Some artistic works that express optimism are the movies, The Pursuit of Happyness and Soul Surfer, as well as the songs, Roar by Katy Perry and A Change is ...view middle of the document...

” Katy Perry sings “ I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire, cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar.” Katy Perry clearly states that she feels she is a champion and people will know why. Perry later sings “ Now I'm floating like a butterfly,stinging like a bee I earned my stripes I went from zero, to my own hero.” Perry's lyrics represents how she went from having low confidence to now viewing herself as her own hero. Roar by Katy Perry is a song that expresses the theme of optimism in the sense that she remained positive even when she felt that she was at the lowest point in her life.

Soul Surfer, is a movie that displays the tragic story of Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer who lost her left arm after a shark attack. Others around Hamilton, doubted that she would be able to surf again, but with optimism, Hamilton proved them wrong. In the film, Hamilton stated “ I don't need easy. I just need possible.” Hamilton needed reassurance that it would be possible for her to surf again and with that reassurance Hamilton practiced day in and day out until she was the elite surfer she once was. At this point in Hamilton' life she learned to convince her mind that she was able to do something in which it was physically difficult for her to do. Hamilton also said “ I've had the chance to embrace more people with one arm than I ever could with two.” Hamilton learned to ignore the bad situations in life and transformed her bad situation into a positive one by realizing how she has influenced many people around her.

A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke , is a 1964 single that reflects the 1960's Civil Rights Movement. After many years of discrimination and racism in...

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