Both on and off television, Fred Rogers emphasized creating a peaceful environment where all children could grow and learn. He instilled confidence and self-worth in a generation of children longing to be themselves.
As he said, “In Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, every child is welcome into the world of learning — not just a few, not just ones from certain neighborhoods, but every child.”
Only Mister Rogers would make the acceptance of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the 1997 Daytime Emmy’s all about us. In 10 seconds, he moved the audience full of big-time celebrities to tears and left them thinking outside themselves about those they love. With a simple but profound gesture, he brought us back into the shoes of a child to think with pure love.
He starts his acceptance speech thanking those who helped him get to this point, and then he invited the crowd to join him in an experiment:
“Would you just take, along with me, 10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Those who have cared for you and wanted what was best for you in life.”
He was such a humble man, and this acceptance speech was merely the evidence of that. He was always giving the credit to others. We all should take a few pointers from good ‘ol Mister Rodgers!
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