I hope some of you FSUers will like this as much as I did. This is one of the best speeches I have ever heard. While it's given to musicians, it's really for anyone who has ever competed for anything (which is all of us). It's heartfelt, funny, down-to-earth and inspiring. (It's called "Loser's Club.")
It's from Jon Nakamatsu, Gold Medalist of the 1997 Van Cliburn International Competition. As many of you probably know, it's kind of like the Olympics for concert pianists.
About 10 years ago, the Cliburn Foundation started another International Competition, this one for amateur pianists. Jon has served on the jury for this event on several occasions. He gave this speech in 2007, just before the finalists were announced.
As an aside: while he is now a highly acclaimed and successful concert solo pianist (since winning the big Cliburn prize), Jon did not go to Juilliard or any big music school. He studied with a local teacher in San Francisco from age 6 through adulthood. He majored in German at Stanford.
Here's the link (it's 9 minutes, but do watch the whole thing if you can, it just gets better and better--you won't be disappointed):