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Mohammed Qahtani: The Power of Words at Toastmasters International (Transcript)

First year in college, Nasser have got straight A’s and he thought to himself this is it, this is what will finally make my dad proud. He picked up the phone, he called his dad, “Dad, I got straight A’s. Are you proud? Please tell me you are proud father.”

“Yeah, listen son, I’ll have to call you back, I’m busy.”

‘I’m busy’, was the single sentence that broke the Camel’s back. And he started drinking, doing drugs, hanging out with the wrong crowd. Nasser why? Why are you throwing your life away? If the one person in the world that I care about the most doesn’t care then, then why should I. And one evening I got the phone call, Nasser is in the emergency room, drug overdose.

I rushed to that hospital. I saw him on that bed and I saw that machine go beep, beeep, beeeeeeeep. And I saw doctors try to bring him back to life. Clear, [ssphhh] clear [sssphhh], clear [sssphhh] — it’s clear that a single word could have saved his life.

Words have power, words are power, words could be your power. You can change a life, inspire your nation and make up this world a beautiful place. Isn’t that what we all want it? Isn’t that why we are all in this hall? Your mouth can spit venom or it can mend a broken soul.

Ladies and gentlemen, let that be our goal.

Contest Chair.

Contest Chair: All right, then shortly, we’ll hear from our winner at this year. Please welcome to the stage first place in our Championship Mohammed Qahtani. And just one moment, we’ll hear from Mohammed. All right, let’s hear from the first place winner Mohammed.

Mohammed Qahtani: I did not know, it’s this big.

Ladies and gentlemen, when we did the semifinals and I won — they asked me to say it something. And I said, honestly, I didn’t prepare anything because I did not expect to win. And I’m coming here today and again, I did not expect to win. But I want you to think about what are your challenges and what are the things that you think is impossible, because this was impossible. Not just for me, but for almost everybody who knows me. And yet here it is, I don’t want to say it again, but if I can do this, think about that thing that you thought you could never do. Or you just gave up on because, maybe it’s way up ahead and I cannot do it. And when you do, I want you to remember that Mohammed Qahtani got this. I sure — and also you can do the same. Thank you.

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