In his commencement speech to the graduates of Liberty University on Saturday, President Donald Trump urged them to take to heart one message he was sending: "Never, ever give up," never quit, even if you apparently lack the talent or ability of the "most successful people," never stop fighting.
“If I give you one message to hold in your hearts today, it's this," said the president, "never, ever give up."
"There will be times in your life you'll want to quit," he said. "You'll want to go home, you'll want to go home perhaps to that wonderful mother that's sitting back there watching you and say, 'Mom, I can't do it. I can't do it.' Just never quit."
Instead, “Go back home and tell mom, dad, I can do it, I can do it. I will do it. You're going to be successful."
Trump continued, "I've seen so many brilliant people, they gave up in life, they were totally brilliant, they were top of their class, they were the best students, they were the best of everything. They gave up."
"I've seen others who really didn't have that talent or that ability and they're among the most successful people today in the world because they never quit and they never gave up," said Trump, who, prior to becoming president, built a real estate empire.
"So just remember that," he said. "Never stop fighting for what you believe in and for the people who care about you."
"Carry yourself with dignity and pride," said Trump. "Demand the best from yourself and be totally unafraid to challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures. Does that sound familiar by the way?"
"The more people tell you it's not possible, that it can't be done, the more you should be absolutely determined to prove them wrong," said the president. "Treat the word 'impossible' as nothing more than motivation."
"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider," he continued. "Embrace that label — being an outsider is fine, embrace the label — because it's the outsiders who change the world and who make a real and lasting difference."
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"The more that a broken system tells you that you're wrong, the more certain you should be that you must keep pushing ahead, you must keep pushing forward," said Trump.
Donald Trump attended Fordham University in 1964 and transferred to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. He entered the family's real estate business, which by the mid-1970s was estimated at $100 million. Today, the Trump empire is estimated to be worth $3.5 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
Although Trump is not nearly as wealthy as people such as Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos, he did apply his hard work and talents to beat 15 Republicans in the primary campaign last year and then beat media-favorite Hillary Clinton for the presidency.
Nearly every poll and political strategist throughout 2016 predicted Trump would lose.
In the history of the United States, Trump is the first non-military, non-office holder to win the presidency.
Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., was founded by Pastor Jerry Falwell in 1971. Today, it is a fully accredited liberal arts school and, with its online program, is the largest Christian university in the world.
The university's current president is Jerry Falwell Jr. Falwell was one of Donald Trump's early supporters in the 2016 presidential campaign.