Do they work? They're certainly popular in the movies. Dead Poet's Society:
John Keating: They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable?
Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.
From Stand And Deliver:
Jaime Escalante: There will be no free rides, no excuses. You already have two strikes against you: your name and your complexion. Because of those two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. *Math* is the great equalizer... When you go for a job, the person giving you that job will not want to hear your problems; ergo, neither do I. You're going to work harder here than you've ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is *ganas.* *Desire.* [Passing one boy, he ruffles up the student's hair] Jaime Escalante: And maybe a haircut. [Everyone laughs] Jaime Escalante: If you don't have the *ganas,* I will give it to you because I'm an expert.
I've been racking my brain to try to recall any real-life Big Teacher Speech that I heard as a student, at any level. Can't recall one. Can you?
When we train rookies, what should our approach be on this topic?