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!
[lyrics] We weren't born to follow…
Live Your Dreams. Pass It On.
A message from the Foundation for a Better Life
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 3 months ago from 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 3 months ago from 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 4 months ago from Toronto
These spots, ALWAYS make me cry...
Thomas Berg 6 months ago from Seattle
This is so true, because i think people like Jimi Hendrix must have started somewhere before they got famous.
Dave Irvine 7 months ago from 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 8 months ago from New Iberia, La.
Loved it. Great message. I was that boy, and I've gotten a little better!
Buc 9 months ago from Lockport NY
The boy's changing facial expression in reaction to the woman's praise is priceless.
Jay Stafford 9 months ago from Seattle
Taking up good virtues is the best thing .
Ian 9 months ago from 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 9 months ago from Newport News VA.
My mother was my inspiration & teacher of values. She never had a credit card & said if you don't the money you don't need it. Never drove a car either but walked, took a bus or train. Said god gave you legs use them. Made me flash cards to learn math & we went to a library & always had books to read & I raised my kids the same way. Always will remember her. I also remember that we always ate before her but didn't think then because there wasn't enough food to go around so she always said she wasn't hungry. Never owed anyone anything, taught us to be respectful of others especially the elderly, be kind & nice. Really miss her alot as shes passed on a long long time. If it weren't for her I wouldn't know how to raise my children as she was always there for me & them & they never were in trouble, went to college which she never even graduated high school because she was working & shes the smartest person I've ever know. When it thundered she said the angels are bowling & to respect mother nature as she knows what shes doing.
Claire 10 months ago from Az
Great Commercial! Kids need to be encouraged to develop there talents, and this spot hits it in a very compelling and inspiring way.
Lon Gibby 11 months ago from Spokane
This is absolutely incredible. Bravo.
For those of you who take it out on the girl, she is just playing the part of the critic, so slow down. It is only because there is criticism by her that the encouragement by the teacher after that comment makes sense and has value, which is the main point of the video. Encouragement.
Derian 11 months ago from Bakersfield, ca
I like so much this site,and í play guitar,uuuaauu!!!
Lucas 11 months ago from Jardim Ámerica
Wow. Seen you on tv on a commercial. So glad I saw it. What a wonderful site. !
Regina Hoelzeman 12 months ago from Morrilton Arkansas
I was really bad when started, but now I'm better. My big brother showed me the beauty of playing the guitar. :-)
Angela Wagner 12 months ago from Adrian,MI
I always believe.
tyson about 1 year ago from lincoln nebraska
Very awesome, as well as very well-done, too. And if I was there, I would've given the girl a good telling off, and also told her, "I don't like the way you treat the students of today, like that kid there. And let me tell you something - that kid today might become the guitar player in a rock band in the future. You dig me, girl?" She would definitely look shocked there, while the guitar-playing kid and I exchange smiles and a thumbs-up. "Keep playing," I would tell him. "I like it." :)
And the Bon Jovi song "We Weren’t Born to Follow" definitely fits this commercial very well, too. :)
Abigail about 1 year ago from Beavercreek, Oregon
Never is late to learn!
Gorgi about 1 year ago from Florida
Most excellent. We can all learn.
Christa about 1 year ago from Durango, CO
That was not nice what Girl did to the boy playing with the guitar, but I love the video.
Connie Rodriguez about 1 year ago from San Jose CA
That's exactly how I used to sound. Now, because I persisted...and still do,
I shred. :=)
Keep going no matter what!
Irwin Nobody about 1 year ago from Canada
The kid reminds me of my son always determinded.
Austin Davies over 1 year ago from Medford Wi
That would be how I sound:)
janice over 1 year ago from sioux falls
This commercial reminds me of an event that took place at my youth group's Christmas party. A couple of weeks before the party, a girl in my youth group told our pastor that she wanted to play a song on the guitar for our group at the party. She said that she had practiced for many weeks to try to find the right song. When she did play,we could tell that she had practiced as hard as she could. But in the middle of of her song she said that she just couldn't do it and that she just wanted to give up. But our group encouraged her to keep playing, and by the time she ended her song, we all agreed that she sounded GREAT! I hope that she continues to practice so that someday, she'll feel really proud of herself.
Jen over 1 year ago from Harpers Ferry
Anyone know how this awesome video/commercial can be shared or sent to those who might NEED to see it...?
RusL over 1 year ago from La Puente, CA
Just watched it at FX! This video and Values.com rocks! We all start failing , but by practicing hard it takes us to success.
David Isales over 1 year ago from Puerto Rico
It's saying keep on trying till you learn how to play the guitar! No matter what people think of you! You should go and live your dreams and not hold back!
jon over 1 year ago from tx
I love the guitar I have one too and I am also trying too learn how to play it so that is very inspiring!
jon over 1 year ago from tx
I think that every one that has a dream should continue what they want to do and try to make it better.
arwin over 1 year ago from martin dale calgary
How wonderful! Keep up the good work.
Darlene McWilliams over 1 year ago from Kingdom Generation
PERSEVERANCE Pays off...NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER!
G. over 1 year ago from Florida
I just worry if all kids want to be rock stars and pop icons....but the core of this message is do your best and have faith when you are starting out on a new journey.
Greg over 1 year ago from LA
Pretty simple.... LIVE YOUR DREAMS!
E.S. Kraay over 1 year ago from Sonoran Desert
If you are being told that something you do is horrible keep trying to make it better. Never give up on what you want to do in your life. I learned that if I'm being treated bad to just keep trying. I also learned that I can start to treat others nicely.
christian over 1 year ago from ajh
I feel that this was about never stop trying. Also to never give up on your dreams. To have courage in your self to not stop and to not let people judge you or put you down. To try your hardest in life. The point is just keep on going.
victor over 1 year ago from ajh
This video was telling me that even though you may not like something you can still tell the person nicely.
trinity over 1 year ago from glendale hights