1. When he redefined "normal", emerging as a shining beacon of hope for all those who are burdened under the pressure of portraying themselves as "normal", who end up killing their own USP.
There's no such thing as 'normal'. That's just another word for lifeless. Madness (of the particularly nice/romantic kind) is an absolute prerequisite to a happy and successful life. Don't ever treat your little insanity(s) as if they are aberrations that ought to be hidden from the rest of the world. All the most beautiful people in the world, the most creative, the ones who led revolutions, who discovered and invented things, did so because they embraced their own idiosyncrasies.
2. Let's face it, anything is worth it if you get to do the 'Funky Chicken', in the end.
Being brave means being shit-scared all the way to the party but getting there and doing the 'Funky Chicken' in front of all your teenage kid's friends anyway. Don't let your fears become boxes that enclose you. Open them out, feel them and turn them into the greatest courage you are capable of. I promise you, nothing will go wrong. But if you live by your fears, everything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong and you won't even have done the 'Funky Chicken'.
3. When he taught us a thing or two about not letting talent get to one's head.
Art is more important than the artist - have no attachment to your own art. It's regressive, move on.
4. When he instantly made himself relatable to everyone in their 20s, battling mental chaos.
It's okay to be confused. Confusion is the route to all the clarity in the world.
5.When he urged us to take charge of our lives, instead of indulging in self-pity.
Chak De India taught me that whatever it is that is pulling you back, is not going away unless you stand up and start forging your own path with all your might in the opposite direction. Stop whining and start moving.
6. But he also reminded us that no matter how tough the going gets, we shouldn't forget to just...breathe.
Live now, live today. Don't be bound by rules, live your own dream.
7. When he shut up all those who simply philosophise about the futility of money, just because they don't have it.
Don't become a philosopher before you become rich.
Watch the full speech here—