Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Ellen Degeneres - 5 Lessons You Taught Me


Half way through the week & it's #WednesdayWisdom

This post has been a long long time coming, in fact when I started blogging in April 2016, I promised that I would do a post on Ellen Degeneres. Now 50,000 page-views in a month later, on the way to 100,000. It feels like the right time to do this.

Her show has been an unbelievably massive beacon of hope in my life, shining light into the darkest corners of my psyche and bringing out such laughter, I’ve never known. I truly believe that Laughter & Fun are absolutely necessary for the formula to happiness, Ellen excels in not only living both of those values but in bringing it out in other people from all over the world.

"Just keep swimming": An emotional Ellen DeGeneres held back tears as she stood next to President Obama and received the highest civilian honor given by The White House, the Medal of Freedom

Watching her show has brought untold joy into my life, not only for the exciting guests she has had but also for the reprieve she facilitates. Wherein, all my worries, all my problems seem to dissolve in her presence. Am I alone in this feeling?
So on this day of days, I share with you 5 Lessons Ellen has taught me.

5. "If someone says you’re weird, say “Thank You”"

True Story whenever people have told me this, I’ve replied, "thanks for the compliment." 
I enjoy being different, I revel in it and so should you. Why would you want to be anything but unique and awesome?

4. “Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.”

The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and they day you find out why you were born. Find what sets your soul ablaze with passion, what motivates you to go above and beyond to achieve your dream life. If you ask Ellen’s family they would’ve said her brother Vance was the funny one. You’re meant for more than the 1’s and 0’s in your bank account. 

3. "I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated & helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for."

What are your values? What do you stand for? 

To me these are the best values to have, period.

I stand for a life uninhibited, a life of freedom, a life that I choose and no one else. 

2. "Just Keep Swimming."

Such a simple phrase yet so profoundly effective in its motivation. Ellen has worked as a waitress, painter & even a bartender. My point is, like every single successful person she started out as a normal working class citizen. With dreams so BIG that, no one could’ve denied her even if they wanted to… try as they might. Life is all about choices and your choice to stick with it, to push through, to struggle, will be the very penultimate contributing factor to your Success. Whenever you feel down or lacking, sing that song in your head. Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming.

1. "Be Kind to One Another."

As evident by being number One on this list, this is my favorite lesson and favorite quote by her. It’s also the phrase I use to end every single one of my blog posts. This ties in to lesson number 3 and could be the condensed version of it, in fact. Another simple phrase but when repeated and practiced, has become a powerful force of good in this world.

Now for the FUN :-)
What would any Ellen Post be without DANCE!
On Monday I posted an inspirational story of a Mother's wisdom through her 3 year old daughter.
All about seizing the moment and Dancing like no one is watching. No one rocks out this more than Ellen
READ: Mommy Life Lesson with Shakira 

Who could forget this Iconic moment with Barack Obama, then Future First Black President of America. As with recent events where he literally Dropped the Mic. Barack has an awesome personality and the very kind of person I would love to have as a president.

Barack Obama Dancing On Ellen Show - 2007

For more inspirational & motivation, I recommend you Watch & Save this Video
Bruno Mars' Inspiring Speech

Other awesome dancing videos include:
Or Watch this video, which is probably Ellen's Most Watched Video 

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  1. I've always enjoyed watching Ellen, there's always smiles and laughter when it comes to her shows. Laughter is definitely the best medicine. I'm so glad you did a post in her, love it!

  2. Just keep swimming has always been my mantra! I love all of these lessons. I love the posts you share. You make me happy and want to dance! Now you see why I love Bruno Mars. He is a great person - you're a great person! Let's all be great people and let's dance! xoxo

  3. Thank you for positive vibes! Made my day <3

  4. She's an amazing role model, a really incredible and inspirational woman

  5. Ellen DeGeneres is such an amazing human being. I love her so much!

  6. I love Ellen De Generes' show, she is a wonderful host! I like the lessons you learned!

  7. She's amazing and she'll always be one of my favorites! I love how kind she is to everyone and she's also very caring and sweet!

  8. Love Ellen, but I learned all those lessons many years ago from my mom. She is a smart lady.

  9. I just love Ellen! She has such a great perspective and outlook on life :)

  10. She truly is a shining light in entertainment, isn't she? I love her personality and way of doing things.

  11. I just love ellen since the first time that I watch her show.

  12. Sound great advice. I like to think that I am unique instead of weird.

  13. Love love love Ellen! I never grow old of how awesome she is!

  14. The one about being wierd is my favourite

  15. I love Ellen too! I love how she inspires others in hilarious ways.

  16. Ellen is amazing! I've loved her work ever since the 90's. She is talented and hysterical :)

  17. This is such an inspiring post and Ellen is a great example for getting to that "happy" place we all deserve to be at in life.

  18. I absolutely love Ellen! She is always such an inspiration for being yourself!

  19. Personality wise she's one of a kind. Thanks for sharing these positive vibes.

  20. I absolutely adore Ellen! She is funny and also an inspiring woman. I love "keep swimming", she taught me that too.

  21. Omg I just love Ellen!!! She's such an inspirational person!!! I think we have all learned something form her!

  22. Ellen is amazing! I have loved her from the very beginning and she just keeps amazing me.

  23. Ellen can make me smile and laugh at night or during the mornings of weekend. I watch it with my kids even some replays on the iPad.

  24. I admire Ellen as "dory" saying - "keep swimming." This quote keeps me feeling more motivated and stay positive. Thank you for sharing the positive quotes from Ellen :-)

  25. She is so talented and inspirational person, love her ability to bring laughter into our world! She never cease to amaze me! Love watching her shows and I’m so glad she got the Medal of Freedom! She really deserved it! Enricoh, love the videos you’ve uploaded in the post! What would the Ellen post be without DANCE? Great :-)