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  KEYNOTE ADDRESS - GABE SALAZAR
 
By: Alyssa Dussetschleger, Lexington FFA
July 16, 2014

 
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Gabe Salazar inspired Texas FFA members to follow their dreams as the first keynote speaker of the 86th Annual Texas FFA Convention, July 15.

Within seconds the energy in the convention hall changed; over 9,000 Texas FFA members and guest were roaring with laughter.

He was able to comically inform the audience of the childhood he faced. Constantly, his mother had them migrating from town to town and he was pressured to fit in with local gangs. However, he took the initiative to be the first in his family to graduate high school and college and follow his dream. 

“The dream is the thing we’re striving for living for and that’s why Dr. Martin Luther King didn’t say I have a wish he said ‘I have a dream’,” Salazar said.

Although having a wish and having a dream seem to be closely related, Salazar was able to clarify the difference. According to him, wishes are made with fairy dust and unrealistic expectations, while a dream is powerful.  A dream is what you work for, what you want to do with your life, your goal.

“You were not born an accident you are born with a purpose to do something incredible with your life,” Salazar said.

Salazar faced rough patches growing up without a father and didn’t always believe everything he does today. His community and surroundings didn’t support his dreams of education, leadership and respect. He learned quickly though that it is your life, your dream and your future.

 “Don’t give up on your dream. Your dream is powerful, nothing is stopping you from dreaming. If I can, you can.” Salazar said.

 






 
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