Put God First – Denzel Washington Motivational & Inspiring Commencement Speech


Put God First – Denzel Washington Motivational & Inspiring Commencement Speech

Number one Put God first Put God first in everything you do Everything that you think you see in me everything that I’ve accomplished everything that you think I have and I have a few things Everything that I have is by the grace of God Understand that it’s a gift 40 years ago March 27 1975 was 40 years ago Just this past March. I was flunking out of college I had a 1.7 grade point average. I hope none of you can relate I had 1.7. Grade point average. I was sitting in my mother’s beauty shop They still call it beauty shops now what they call it. Yeah, I’ll sit in the beauty parlor I was sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor and I’m looking in the mirror, and I see behind me this woman under the dryer And every time she looked up. Every time I looked up. She was looking at me Just looking at me in the eye I don’t know who she was and I said You know she said somebody give me a pen give me a pencil I have a prophecy March 27 1975 she said boy you are gonna travel the world And speak to millions of people Now mind you I flunked out of college I’m thinking about joining the army I didn’t know what I was gonna do. She’s telling me I’m gonna travel the world and Speak to millions of people Well, I have traveled the world And I have spoke to millions of people But that’s not the most important thing the success that I had the most important thing is that what she taught me And what she told me that day has stayed with me since I’ve been protected. I’ve been directed. I’ve been corrected I kept God in my life and has kept me humble I didn’t always stick with him, but he always stuck with me So stick with him in everything you do if you think you want to do what you think I’ve done, then do what I’ve done and stick with God number two fail big That’s right fail big Today is the beginning of the rest of your life, and it can be be very frightening It’s a new world out there. It’s a mean world out there and You only live once So do what you feel passionate about take chances professionally Don’t be afraid to fail there’s an old IQ test was nine dots And you had to draw five lines with a pencil within these nine dots Without lifting the pencil the only way to do it was to go outside the box So don’t be afraid to go outside the box don’t be afraid to Think outside the box don’t be afraid to fail big to dream big but remember dreams without goals Are just dreams, and they ultimately fuel disappointment So have dreams But have goals life goals yearly goals Monthly goals daily goals. I try to give myself a goal every day Sometimes Just did not curse somebody out simple goals, but have goals and understand That to achieve these goals You must apply discipline and consistency In order to achieve your goals you must apply discipline, which you’ve already done and Consistency every day not just on Tuesday and miss a few days you have to work at it Every day you have to plan Every day you’ve heard the saying we don’t plan to fail we fail to plan hard work works Working really hard is what successful people do and in this Text tweet twerk world that you’ve grown up in Remember just because you’re doing a lot more Doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot more done Remember that just because you’re doing a lot more Doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot more Done don’t confuse Movement with progress My mother told me you can run in place all the time and never get anywhere So continue to strive, continue to have goals, continue to progress Number three you’ll never see a u-haul behind a hearse I’ll say it again You’ll never see a u-haul Behind a hearse. I don’t care how much money you make you can’t take it with you And it’s not how much you have It’s what you do With what you have we all have different talents some of you will be doctors some lawyers some Scientists some educators some nurses some teachers. Yeah, okay Some preachers The most selfish thing you can do in this world Is help someone else Why is it selfish because the gratification the goodness that comes to you the good feeling the good feeling that I get From helping others nothing’s better than that not jewelry not big house I have not the cars, but it’s the joy. That’s where the joy is in helping others. That’s where the success is Finally I pray that You put your slippers, way under the bed tonight So that when you wake up in the morning You have to get on your knees To reach them And While you’re down there Say, thank you for grace Thank you for mercy. Thank you for understanding Thank you for wisdom. Thank you for parents. Thank you for love. Thank you for kindness. Thank you for Humility thank you for peace. Thank you for Prosperity say. Thank you in advance for what’s already yours That’s how I live my life, that’s where I am one of the reasons why I am today Say, thank you in advance for what is already yours true desire in the heart for Anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that it’s yours already I’ll say it again True desire in the heart that itch that you have Whatever it is you want to do that thing that you want to do to help others and to grow and to make money That desire that itch that’s God’s proof to you sent before hand already to indicate that it’s yours and anything you want good you can have So claim it Work hard to get it When you get it reach back pull someone else up each one teach one Don’t just aspire to make a living Aspire to make a difference

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  2. nuwagaba paul says:

    this has really inspired me, i fell i have achieved every thing, OMG, Glory be to God the almighty

  3. Roman Aunt says:

    Really inspiration

  4. DebtFree Ty says:

    Iโ€™ve had moments where I felt untouchable, I mean the most confident person , might have gotten alittle arrogant, until I got punch in the face with reality,i was running in place thinking I was getting somewhere but wasnโ€™t going anywhere I felt so bad , God still stuck by. I give him all the Grace . Humbled me real quick. #Debtfreety

  5. Mad Mad says:

    Please pray for my father that he would get friends. And also pray for my brother that he would get saved. Please pray for my family.

  6. Brian Couch says:

    Heโ€™s a good actor.

  7. Anderson Alvarez says:

    That's the best speech I've ever heard. Put God first.

  8. jose jose says:

    You dont only live once
    if you do believe in GOD the one that sent JESUS then you will live for ever
    and ever

  9. Augusta Yarteh says:

    Amen and Amen. I will always put God first into my life and My heart. Through the precious Blood of jesus christ. Ooh yes i will fail so big. Then I will continue to do what i have passion for to please my maker who has my final say. I will achieve it through the blood of jesus christ. I will strive on,to get to my precious goal through the help of God. I have that same joy runing inside of me day and night.

  10. Rosa Maria Brunetti says:


  11. PJ says:

    The Greatest gift….Is God's love and his mercy!

  12. El Tรญo Universo says:

    6:27 Amรฉn hermano para los que se les olvidan dar gracias a Dรญos gracias necesitaba escuchar eso gracias a Dรญos por esta palabra โค

  13. Houston Castillo says:

    Denzel 2020 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  14. Isaac Gymtalkornotalk says:

    Take chances. Donโ€™t be afraid to fail ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ

  15. Terrance Harvey says:

    Denzel Washington the G.O.A.T! Hands down! ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  16. Nyleve Eiram says:

    I had a 1.95 grade point average

  17. Tesfit Kidane says:

    Jesus is God Amen Amen Amen

  18. jhan mahilum says:

    I never knew my favorite action superstar's saying this! Two Thumbs up man๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ May God bless you more Denzel!

  19. Mort Eza says:


  20. Ferhado 1986 says:


  21. Heath G says:

    love this

  22. Ian Chumba Fitness says:

    So i'm 22 years now currently working for a startup media company and In 5 years am going to own my own film production company and be one of the top producers in my country

  23. Daniel Rubio says:


  24. La Vida Continua says:

    I am going through a strong economic situation, and this video has motivated me … to keep moving forward and achieve that dream! Of being at peace with my debts! Thousand blessings from Colombia!

  25. Tineke Boonstra says:

    Beautifull. He is right. Put God first. I should do it to….

  26. Amar Patel says:

    The Lord is everything or nothing. All I see is magic, miracles, and mysteries. This keeps me humble and open, ready to serve where I can. May all beings be free of suffering.

  27. Vince Yenyez says:

    OMG.. I feel shy to God for asking too much without doing anything.. I hope its a wake up call for me to remember God every second of the day.. Godbless us all..

  28. THE LUCIANO FAMILY305 says:

    God pray for the world we need positive change

  29. Joseph Bianculli says:

    He has something beyond absolute confidence. It must be the added faith and humility. Great words

  30. divya nagargade says:

    Inspiring and beautiful speech

  31. Tizu & kiya says:

    Please parry for me I can't new life everything

  32. ุดุงุฏูŠ ุงู„ุงู„ุญุงู† says:

    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. In my opinion we don't have to have another goal, because Jesus will lead you to the wright place automatically

  33. Chanta Pressley says:

    Thank you.

  34. Vekuto Ringa says:

    Plz pray for my alcohol addiction , my mom who is not well but financially unstable .
    I need ur prayers brothers n sisters

  35. Sherry Jordan says:


  36. Hope Muyauka says:

    I din't awalys stick with him but he awalys stuck with me ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ™

  37. Tich Tich says:

    It sounds like he's speaking on me everything I've got is by the grace of God

  38. Seven Williams says:

    I am a 50 year old brother who has always had so much respect for Mr Washington's work. I respect and love his humbleness. This brought me to tears, which isn't easy to do, and I pray and ask God to just one day meet my brother and simply shake his hand and tell him thank you. Right now and even the past 15 years, life has been a rough and a struggle even, but whe ever I see him in a movie or interview, my brother has always given me inspiration to keep on pushing. Thank you Mr. Washington. Thank you Sir!

  39. Anastasia Amanda says:


  40. Joseph Martinez says:

    5:57 The most selfish thing you could do is help someone else???
    Did anybody else catch that?

  41. Mignonne Lumba says:

    Nice words indeed i will always put GOD first in whatever i do GOD bless you sir

  42. Travis Williams says:

    So many people donโ€™t persevere and give up way to soon. Success comes from repetition and repetition through determination. Push through, gain mental toughness and the tenacity to never back down or give in to your weaknesses. Be the best you that you can be. We all have a warrior inside is. Most of us leave it caged to our own fears and insecurities. The only thing holding you back is you. If you are strong enough to hold yourself back, you are strong enough to unlock the cage. When you want success more than you care about what others think..that is true freedom.

  43. Miketrt says:

    Wow. Great.

  44. Joy Ace says:

    Thatโ€™s right God is first ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š

  45. Sab Sab says:

    God loves us so much it hurts to know many people do not know and love Him.๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

  46. george saitoty says:


  47. Samuel Zogbo says:

    Anything you do put GOD first no matter the conditions…

  48. Craig Ramsay says:

    Amazing speech. Amen + ๐Ÿ™

  49. tola gee says:

    2019..ending soon and am still here

  50. Michele Koegel says:

    Denzel.. A wonderful actor and so motivational. He could be successful at anything..

  51. sunn godd says:

    Arguable the top 5 best motivational speeches of all time. I listen to it almost every morning before I start my day.thanks Denzel for blessing up with this gem

  52. Jili Anne says:

    No wonder a lot of people love Denzel. This made me cry so hard I can't open my eyes properly.

  53. E Camp says:

    This is the type of man everyone should try to be

  54. Riad Heggani says:


  55. Chris Mitchell says:

    I love Denzel, he's a good man.

  56. JAY- DEE DURAN says:

    God bless to all ๐Ÿ™

  57. Mike Marin says:

    God first

  58. SmackingWithTee Mukbangs says:


  59. Kyle Le Roux says:

    Trust in God.

  60. LIVING SONGS says:

    wow "Let GOD Direct, protect and motivate you"

  61. anthony will says:

    I am an addict in recovery..and only by putting God first I have almost three years of honest sobriety all glory and praise be to God .

  62. Jay Garland says:

    Gratitude is the answer to all problems. Appreciate your gifts and blessings and there will never be a reason to fret, ever. From having all your fingers and two working eyes to being a good painter, communicator, or nurturer, be thankful for the "small things" and somehow you'll be able to view the "big things" (typical life's worries) for what they really are — not so big at all. Whenever you're feeling down, frustrated, disappointed, worried, stressed out, or angry, remember and feel power in the fact that you are so very blessed. Be grateful. When you do, unhappiness in your life will slowly begin to decipitate.

  63. Dani California says:

    This is so beautiful. I have tears. Thank you. God bless.

  64. Pradeep Chhokar says:

    Thank u God

  65. Verdynand says:


  66. Castro Castro says:


  67. Samuel Gil says:

    Wow God bless ๐Ÿ™ yes denzil you are so right

  68. Yasmeen Qubain says:

    โ€œtrue desire in the heart for anything good; is Godโ€™s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that itโ€™s yours alreadyโ€


  69. David R. Davidson says:

    Good morning. Mr. Denzel Washington is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful human being. God bless!

  70. Lleyton Puasan says:

    Jesus Christ is the way… To God the Father….have Faith

  71. Henry Weaver says:

    Mr. Washington if only the rest of the Hollywood elite felt the same way
    As you sir. Peace be with you!

  72. Khaled Yousef says:

    One of best videos I have ever seen

  73. benjamin cyril says:

    Denzel damn washington !

  74. Mike Riley says:

    His show how to be successful with God and hard work. Amen. Thank you

  75. Valou bibi says:

    Merci denzel

  76. SCOOT SZOTEK says:

    I love you denzelโค๏ธ

  77. Kennith Brown says:

    God knows no age nor he knows no color we all the same in his eyes

  78. Kennith Brown says:

    Other countries envy our Christianity

  79. peter boli says:

    I would suggest Youtube should just do away with the Unlike option

  80. Ramuta Leti Manu says:

    Wow just wow!!! All praise and glory to the father above.. God is good.

  81. Mohamed TyBygad says:


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  83. AussieHeroes says:

    Beast video, keep GOD in your life and everything you do ๐Ÿ˜‰

  84. Giovanni Martinez says:

    I try to watch this video as much as I can

  85. Kato Ronald says:

    Play for me I need a big change in me,God help me in this condition IAM in to better on,amen

  86. robert taylor says:

    denzel for president to end all wars lets live in peace

  87. Julia Roberts says:

    ๐Ÿ’“ ๐Ÿ’“ ๐Ÿ’“

  88. shanble garamo says:

    put GOD first….this word looks like just easy word but It's the most powerful and difficult to do! God bless you!

  89. Nicole Grant says:

    Love you Denzel, one of my favorite actor.

  90. wankmen kharsati says:

    God is the one

  91. mike jones says:


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  94. Szilรกgyi Pรฉter says:

    Have faith, but never blindly,
    Act rationally, but always kindly,
    If you're hurt, you can find relief,
    Above all else, have belief.

  95. Solus1185 says:

    This just shook me. I felt my heart change.

  96. Hollow BoneBaer says:

    Lord I come to you a broken man, depression has got. Me please accept me I love you GOD

  97. carol luther says:

    Thank you Denzel for your words and blessings!

  98. Ishti Rahman says:

    Pray for me! My dream is to see myself as a judge, this 8th November is the exam. Pray for me so that I can fulfil my dream, not only my dream, my parents dream as well.

  99. Mia and Kaliyah says:


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