Sean “Diddy” Combs is a pretty inspirational dude. Born in Harlem and raised in Mount Vernon, the 46-year-old music mogul has gone through many stages (and even more names) over the course of his decades-long career, from forming Bad Boy Entertainment, to stepping out as a solo artist, to forcing a bunch of aspiring MCs to go get him so goddamn cheesecake.
In more recent years, the serial entrepreneur has devoted an increasing amount of energy to Cîroc, the French-made vodka brand that the he owns a partial stake in. And by the way Puffy talks about the drink—all the trials and tribulations he’s had to overcome to reach the pinnacle of success—you’d think he’d just gotten back from competiting in the Rio Olympics.
Read the transcript below and see if you can tell whether this is a voice over for a vodka commercial or an Ivy League commencement speech.
Everything I’m living now, I dreamt about it. I knew I had to work hard to get it and I wanted it. I got my first job when I was 12. I didn't settle for that one paper route, I went and got four paper routes. My mother she had four jobs. I’d seen her work ethic. It was instilled in me at an early age. I wasn't able to hang out with my friends on the block, I was doing what I had to do to achieve me dreams. You know, I’m a marathon runner, not a sprinter. The road to achieving your goals is never what you think it’s gonna be. It’s not gonna be on your time. It’s not gonna be on your schedule. You have to be patient. Me not giving up, the opportunity arose. You gotta keep driving, keep focused, keep working; falling down, getting up, falling down, getting up. And then you finally get to it, and you know how hard you worked, it’s that spirit that makes something out of nothing, that makes a way out of no way.
Damn. After watching this, we’re not sure if we should go pop bottles in the club, or get our act together and start hitting the gym.