About This TV Commercial

When we try something new, we are taking a risk. It makes us susceptible to criticism or even ridicule. These are often difficult times when a kind word of encouragement may be all we have to keep us going. Where would any of us be without people who believe we can do the impossible?

This commercial affirms the notion that in the big and small moments of our lives we have to remember to keep going-to live our dreams. Bon Jovi's anthem, "We Weren't Born to Follow," provides a triumphant crescendo for this public service announcement.

[electric guitar being played poorly]
Girl: That sounds awful!
Girl: Seriously awful!
Teacher: But a lot better than last week!
[guitar music]
[lyrics] We weren't born to follow…

Live Your Dreams. Pass It On.
A message from the Foundation for a Better Life

Live Your Dreams. Pass It On!

Recent Comments

What strikes me is how much the young guitarist looks like Dale Earnhardt Sr. at that age...Another guy who never gave up.
John M, Ontario, Canada

As I once wrote in my autobiography: Somewhere around this time, I was plunkin' away on the thing in the living room, when my mother screamed at me to "get out of the house with that thing!" I ran myself out the front door swearing that I would never play guitar again...but instantly, I turned my attitude around and just as fast, I swore to myself that I would learn to play it and make something of myself with it. That was my first ever positive affirmation, and I didn't even know it. It's funny how far into the future a little negativity can propel you.
Kenny Lee Norton, St Johns, Florida

i always tell my students you have to be bad to be good to be great !! and we've all been there
Image , Toronto

These spots, ALWAYS make me cry...
Thomas Berg, Seattle

This is so true, because i think people like Jimi Hendrix must have started somewhere before they got famous.
Dave Irvine, Kapolei,Hawaii

There is no achievement without error and shortcommings!!!!!!!!!!! Encouragement, especially directed to the young, is the most powerful tool to help them achieve.
Micky Pugh, New Iberia, La.

Loved it. Great message. I was that boy, and I've gotten a little better!
Buc, Lockport Ny

The boy's changing facial expression in reaction to the woman's praise is priceless.
Jay Stafford, Seattle

Taking up good virtues is the best thing .
Ian, Msa

Lifting kids up is so important. If they don't have encouragement from anyone then what road are they going to live in life. Encouragement goes a long ways with children
Rick Elliott, Newport News Va.

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