Dare to Achieve

An inspiring commencement speech at Indiana U by Jewish student, Parker Mantell.

Beethoven was deaf. Ray Charles was blind. Einstein was dyslexic. Imagine if they didn’t dare to achieve their dreams. Parker Mantell stutters, and that didn’t stop him from serving the nation with confidence.

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Comments (10)

(10) siba, July 29, 2014 6:58 AM

i m speechless

here i am in malaysia working all my life as a personal driver for my boss. i am 53 years old now and have a lovely family. I have no what so ever education. I was thinking , this is what God want me to be and my life was bleak. I even told to my self that i am old and going to die being poor. After looking ar what Parker Mantell said, well it was like God wants me to try again to achieve what i always wanted . Mr Parker, Thank U so much. Bill Gates words strike me again and again. Bill Gates said, "If Your Born Poor, It's Not Your Mistake,But If You Die Poor, It's Your Mistake'.

(9) Nancy, May 23, 2014 2:30 PM

Parker Mantell, you have brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for helping ME to do better and better each day!

(8) sheila kirche, May 23, 2014 1:39 AM

Inspirational, enlightening and confident, great speech

What a wonderful young man, he will go far, and his use of metaphor was great. Parker, keep it up.

(7) Judith Dowla, May 22, 2014 7:48 PM

We Shall Overcome

Thank you Parker as you inspire others to go forward with their dreams and plans. As the little train that could, did you ever hear that story, well that little train kept saying, I think I can, I think I can, I know I can and that little train did make it through the wintry storm so long ago.

(6) Yonit, May 22, 2014 6:40 PM

Thank you

I loved this. One thing though, Hashem is the guiding hand for us all, give credit where its due. And a good cheer for Indiand U.

(5) Leib Yaacov Rigler, May 22, 2014 6:13 PM

Parker's Message

The key to Parker's success is two-fold:
1. He is humble enough to be grateful, and
2. He focuses his energy on helping others.

Thank you, Parker for that inspiring speech.

(4) Tony Shahery, May 22, 2014 5:25 PM

Parker Mantell

I like to get in touch with Parker Mantell. Please let me know how.

(3) Leah C Blumenfeld, May 22, 2014 4:54 PM

Excellent motivational speech for all of us!

Superb commencement speech. I believe this speech can also apply to every one of us as we journey through life's challenges.

(2) Dr. Harry Merl, May 22, 2014 4:14 PM


This speech was inspired and is an aexample of American thinking and teaching.
This young man made his way thought the inner obstacles, especially stuttering and his message was clearly transmitted, without any obstacle in the last important part of his speech. thank You Mister Mantell! That was the true spirit of freedom and progress and finally success.

(1) Lenny, May 22, 2014 3:30 PM


Moshe Rabeinu stuttered, and look at what he achieved. Imagine if he didn't heed G-d's call - where would ALL of us be today? This kid, God bless him, is unstoppable.


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