Shah Rukh Khan, besides being the silver screen’s heartthrob, is also a philosopher by heart. Apart from his acting and dimpled smiles, SRK, as he is fondly called, is known for his eloquent side. He has a blend of practical life lessons and is expert in hitting the right chords with his wit.
However, the life lessons do not come easily, it comes with its own part of chaos and challenges. SRK has also seen endless struggles in his life- he has seen the extreme poverty, has slept on streets, has suffered from pandemonium after he lost his parents very early and struggled to support himself and his sister at very young age. These were the days that taught SRK the hard lessons to live a life in this so selfish and cruel world.
However, like a true hero, Shah Rukh didn’t give up and kept pushing himself believing that “Failure, struggles, depression are just phases of life and it’s all about your attitude towards them”. Amidst all the chaos and challenges that he faced, he kept learning and growing and today he stands tall as one of the biggest superstar in Indian cinema history.
It won’t be wrong to say that Shah Rukh Khan is the embodiment of constantly embracing a spirited life. Not only through his work, passion and enthusiasm, SRK has been inspiring billions of people globally through his motivational speeches as well. The actor, producer and businessman who believes that success and failure are both parts of life and neither of them is permanent, has emerged as one of the best motivational speakers in India. He has given speeches at Yale University, the University of Edinburgh and at many such places on various occasions and has won hearts and accolades with his take on life.
As Shah Rukh Khan turns 52 today, we have compiled his 30 best speeches he has addressed on various occasions. Check it out below:
1) “Do not get relayed by people who tell you it’s wonderful to be creative and poor and hungry! No! You’ve to survive… make money out of that uncreative work, cry in your bathroom but when you’re in that position of your choice, make sure you don’t cheat with those choices.”
2) “Success is an extremely strange thing. It has two elements. First, it cannot be passed on, however much you try, whether you are a CEO of a company, or a parent. And the second thing about it is that the successful person actually actually does not know why he or she is successful. Of course, you can always say things like: the more I practice, the easier it becomes, etc. People get cagey trying to explain the reason for success and they hide behind big words.”
3) “Leaders are able to assimilate their experiences in order to reframe the world around them in their own terms. They use the very structure of life to dismantle it. They are not afraid to question, to imagine, to dream, and most importantly to believe. They are also not afraid to act, even if their actions may not result in success. Being a public figure, my actions are constantly questioned, reviewed, and distorted. I get it all but whenever I feel thwarted I sing this song, “hum to actor karega, duniya se nahi darega…” so do not stop to act. Action is everything.”
4) “I do have a close circle of friends and I am very fortunate to have them as friends. I feel very close to them I think friends are everything in life after your family. You come across lots of people all the time but you only make very few friends and you have to be true to them otherwise what’s the point in life? ”
5) “I didn’t join films to become a great star. I wanted a change from my mother’s memory. I started believing in God after my mother’s death because then there is heaven and hell and I might meet her there. I think of her as a star.She is a solid point of reference in my life. And I figure if I’m in films, if I’m 70mm, it is easier for her to see me.”
6) “WhenWhen you make a film, if you are an insider, you’re usually the last person to know that your film is not right. But when you are an outsider, you have a little more objectivity.I think a part of my success is that I am naturally objective. I am not an insider.”
7) “Don’t ever treat your little insanities as if they are aberrations that ought to be hidden from the rest of the world. All the most beautiful people in the world, the most creative, the ones who led revolutions, who discovered and invented things, did so because they embraced their own idiosyncrasies.”
8) “I know it’s very idealistic and utopian, but I believe we need to just let everyone not be judged in terms of religion, groups or nations or region.”
9) “There’s no such thing as ‘normal’. That’s just another word for lifeless. Madness (of the particularly nice/romantic kind) is an absolute prerequisite to a happy and successful life.”
10) “Dreaming is not enough. You need to dismantle the old, the frameworks that are laid out before you, the ideas that you cling to, the ones that hold you back and prevent you from growing. It is by disassembling your fears of failing and losing not just things, but people and positions, your jobs and most of all change that, that you can be truly creative. I meet many successful people in the world of business and while their ideas are very clear, the way they speak of them is oddly dispassionate. The madness and passion are missing.I get the sad impression that business often becomes numerical…it is only about millions and targets. It is so goal driven that there is a stark loss of inspiration from it. I think the emphasis on organisational goals and efficiencies has clouded the poetry of creating. It is difficult for me to relate to this starkness. I feel it lacks life. Creation cannot be a managerial concept, it has to be an ‘imaginarial’ concept.”
11) “Sometimes a lot of us men think we are doing everything for the woman we love, but there is an aspect of a woman a man doesn’t understand.”
12) “To lead means to inspire. You cannot inspire people mechanically or through statistics or numbers unless they are stock brokers or bankers (with due respect). Inspiration is an emotional construct…to make people believe in anything whether it is a product or an idea or even you yourself, you need to connect the ability to imagine and dream. You cannot create within a box… it is an open process, one that is welcoming and even wild at times.”
13) “Being brave means being shit-scared all the way to the party but getting there and doing the ‘Funky Chicken’ in front of all your teenage kid’s friends anyway.”
14) “I have never set goals. I have never set out to earn a particular amount, or to count the crores at the box office, or compare my work with another. In fact, I would go as far to say quantifiable goals are indeed illusions, and the only reality is actually hard work. Making the mistake of believing that your dreams will take flight without having to flap madly at those wings is silly. Every single moment requires diligence. Life remains ordinary if you are unable to sustain the capacity to work hard on your dreams.”
15) “Sometimes the queen looks attractive but if she gets taken by an adversary straight after you have saved her, then you might be better off saving your castle or the bald bishop instead. So don’t always choose what seems most desirable if something tells you it might get you into trouble.”
16) “If you can’t find a resolution easily, don’t panic. Even disaster eventually dissolves. You don’t have to figure things out.”
17) “Learn to laugh at yourself and don’t take yourself seriously no matter what you become. It makes you braver and changes your perspective. Without a sense of humour, the world will be a dull, dreary place. Humour is the only ticket to being childlike and innocent.”
18) “Leadership implies being prepared for disaster also. And it will hit you. It could come as a failure maybe or taking someone away you love. So what will you do about it? Wallow in self-pity? I do that often. But I do it in my huge golden bathroom between the jacuzzi and the steam room. I shed huge tears of self-pity but when I walk out wearing my limited edition cologne that helps. I am ready to embrace disaster. So little bit of crying and wallowing is ok. But the thing to understand is you have to accept it. Change your perspective, do a handstand and rebuild yourself that is what leadership is about.”
19) “Without hurting anybody, we all tend to laugh at others’ discomfort. When someone slips on a banana skin and falls it’s funny.”
20) “Think of every job as your first one so that you have to get it right to impress everyone. At the same time, do it as your last job as if you won’t get it a chance to do it ever again.”
21) “A perfect life, according to me, is a farce. There is no perfect life. Actually, there is nothing more beautiful than the imperfections of life. In my trade, life serves as a fertile ground for innovation and ideas. We use its imperfections every moment. In fact, there is nothing that allows us to live better than trouble, so why not embrace it. And while we are embracing let’s embrace destiny too.”
22) “Destiny plays a part, yes. No one can teach us either how to fight it or chase it. Just like a disaster, it will come your way. But if you don’t have the courage to ride its waves when it comes it will toss you right on the beach and all you will be left with is a sunset of a tired and weary life. So keep your eyes open for life’s magic.”
23) “All you want to be is yourself and you’re quite sure you know what that is. I’m here tonight on your side only to confirm your conviction as you set forth in the big, bad world.”
24) “Whatever you are doing, do it once. Then do it one more time even more carefully. Be diligent. Don’t just work, outwork yourself and nothing can come in the way of glory.”
25) “Never be angry or hold a grudge against your parents. The choices we make for you are ultimately your choices, you are just not aware of it yet.”
26) “Unless you live by the heart, unless you are a Dilwale none of this will translate into a splendor that life is capable of unfolding before you. The mind is the seed of creativity, the heart is the soil. The seed cannot grow without an open heart. To take everyone together with as much goodwill for them as you have for yourself is the basis of all creative endeavour, of all real success, of all happiness, and true leadership.”
27) “If you are foolish enough to imagine that the little graces you are given are of no value, you end up nowhere. Learn to look at the tiniest things that make your life special.”
28) “You have to know and learn that life is not just a checklist of acquisitions, attainments and fulfillments. Instead, life is difficult and complicated, and beyond anyone’s control. The humility to know it will help you survive its vicissitudes.”
29) “Success is a wonderful thing, but it tends not to be the sort of experience that we learn from. We enjoy it, perhaps we even deserve it. But we don’t acquire wisdom from it. So I believe the true path to success is through the fear of failure. If you aren’t scared enough of failing, you are unlikely to succeed. It’s not pleasant to fail, it’s tough. All of us experience it. You will too if you haven’t already. So use it to succeed.”
30) “You must respect your seniors, but never get intimidated by them. Winning should be a habit, not an option. The four Hs are important when you play to win — HONESTY, HUMOR, HARD WORK and a bit of HARAAMIPAN”.