Failure Is The Wonderful Teacher: Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Mikki Taylor & More Share Words Of Inspiration

March 6, 2015  |  


While the Disney Dreamers Academy exists solely to encourage and influence the high school students who participate in the program, every year members of the media and anyone else who hears the speakers, will leave inspired. Yesterday, Steve Harvey welcomed the students to the Disney Dreamer’s Academy. And immediately afterward, spoke to the media, along with gospel singer Yolanda Adams Essence’s Editor at Large, Mikki Taylor and a Dreamer’s Academy alum, 20-year-old Princeton Parker.

Check out the words of wisedom they shared with us yesterday and hopefully you’ll be encouraged as well.

Steve Harvey on preserving the dream

Everybody got a gift but that dream as we get older– and what we trying to here at Disney is make sure that dream stays lit as a fire. All of us had dreams. Some of us let them go along the way cause you get older, you have a baby, get a family, get into a bad relationship and all of a sudden you start parking it right there. You not supposed to do that. So we try to grab these kids at an early age. Before they know that they can’t do something.

I pulled my phone out to show Yolanda (Adams) my vision board. Yolanda looked at it and one of the numbers was $1 billion. And she looked at it for just four seconds she said ‘Steve change that to a three.’ I said, ‘Yo, that’s a $1 billion dollars. That ain’t no million girl.’ She said, ‘I know what a billion dollars is boy.’ You don’t think I went home and got my son–cuz I don’t know how to do it–I got my son and changed that number to a 3. Because she taught me something that night. Faith is the belief in things that you cannot see. God don’t give you what you want. You know how many times you said you wanted something and you ain’t never get it? That’s because he’s waiting on you to believe it. And ever since that day, I’ve made four business deals and I stopped making my business deals based on my current need today and I started making my business decisions based on the future. Not to make a few million right now. But how do I get to that big number. She changed the way that I thought. And that’s what we try to get these kids to understand. The only difference between rich people and poor people is how we think. Poor people think poor. If you’re poor it’s because you think poor.

Mikki Taylor on the importance of knowing yourself

It really comes down to knowing your value. I believe who God says I am and I give him the credit. And all I have to do is keep self out of the way so I can show up ready for what he’s called me to do. And when you beleive in that, that’s so much bigger and higher than you, that you even fail well because you understand what to do with adversity.

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