How the Oscars Inspire Our Kids to Achieve Their Dreams

the oscarsAs my husband and I watched the Oscars last night, I kept finding myself nodding along with many of the winner’s acceptance speeches. Maybe it’s that I’m a little bit older and wiser now, or maybe it’s being a mom, but I couldn’t help but think about everything that has gone into the winner’s life to bring them to that point of ultimate recognition and achieving their dream of winning an Academy Award.

Listening to the speeches, I was stuck by the fact that these actors, actresses, directors and screenwriters are people, just like you and me, who have worked really, really hard in their field to get to the place they are. And one of my kids could be standing up there one day, if they really wanted it and worked hard enough for it, and I would be so proud as their mom. Whatever line of work my children choose to go into, I want to encourage them to go after their dreams and make them a reality.

As with most areas of life, we look to and listen to successful people for inspiration, and there was no lack of inspiration last night. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the Oscars this year to inspire my children toward greatness.

  • Concern for Others 1 of 10
    Concern for Others
    Her emotional portrayal of single mother and prostitute Fantine in Les Miserables inspired Anne Hathaway. "Here's hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never more in real life." Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress
  • Hard Work and Determination 2 of 10
    Hard Work and Determination
    In his Best Picture acceptance speech for his film Argo, Ben Affleck said, "You have to work harder than you think you possibly can... It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life. That's going to happen. What matters is that you get back up."
  • Grace and Humor 3 of 10
    Grace and Humor
    It's the kind of thing that you have nightmares about, and it happened to Jennifer Lawrence as she walked up to accept her Best Actress award. She tripped on the stairs and stumbled. But she handled it graciously saying, "You guys are just standing because I fell and that's so embarrassing, but thank you!"
  • Creativity and Non-Violence 4 of 10
    Creativity and Non-Violence
    He retold the incredible story of a mission to rescue hostages from Iran in Argo, and Chirs Terrio dedicated his award to "people all over the world who use creativity and intelligence to solve problems non-violently." Chris Terrio, Best Adapted Screenplay for Argo.
  • Appreciation 5 of 10
    It has to be a proud moment for a mother, and I'm sure that most Oscar winners acknowledge that they wouldn't be where they are without the support of their parents. Best Actor winner dedicated his award, "For my mother." And his gratitude and appreciation were apparent.
  • Overcoming Obstacles 6 of 10
    Overcoming Obstacles
    Giving props to Quentin Tarantino, the writer-director of Django Unchained, Christophe Waltz said, "You scaled the mountain because you're not afraid of it. You slay the dragon because you're not afraid of it and you cross through fire because it's worth it." Christophe Waltz, Best Supporting Actor
  • Take a Leap 7 of 10
    Take a Leap
    He wasn't the favorite to win Best Director and his surprise and excitement was contagious. "Thank you for taking a leap with me." Ang Lee, Best Director for Life of Pi.
  • Humble Emotion 8 of 10
    Humble Emotion
    I loved how Adele wasn't afraid to show her emotions and be true to herself. She was also gracious and humble, saying to the crowd with a wave of her hand, "You're all amazing!" Adele, Best Original Song
  • You’re Inspiring! 9 of 10
    You're Inspiring!
    It's important to tell our children how they inspire us. "I'd like to give a shout out to my wonderful strong beautiful daughter Emma, who inspired Brave into being." Barbara Chapman, Best Animated Film for Brave.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. 10 of 10
    Don't take yourself too seriously.
    This is the Oscars, the height of the Award Season, and after thanking his fellow nominees, Quentin Tarantino closed his speech with, "Peace Out Oscars", showing that he doesn't take himself too seriously.

What was your favorite moment from The Oscars last night?

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