7 inspirational Chadwick Boseman quotes to motivate you in your life and purpose
As the world, and those who loved him, mourn Chadwick Boseman’s sudden passing, let’s look back at seven inspiring quotes this incredible actor left us. Use them for motivation.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company.
To say that Chadwick Boseman was a beloved Black superhero would be selling his legacy short. The actor, who recently passed away at 43, was a walking example of Black excellence and a reminder to never give up. Boseman was what many considered a “late bloomer” in Hollywood, casting his first major role as Jackie Robinson in the film 42 when he was already 35 years old. His determination, work ethic and unrelenting commitment led him to score many other major roles in films like Marshall, Get On Up and of course, the box-office hit Black Panther. He made being the good guy look cool not only because of his roles, but also because of how he inspired others in real life.
As the world, and those who loved him, mourn this unimaginable loss, let’s look back at seven inspiring quotes this incredible actor and icon left us with.
1. During a 2018 commencement speech at his alma mater, Howard University, Boseman spoke about purpose and legacy by telling the graduating class that purpose is not defined by what you do for a living.
“When you are deciding on next steps, next jobs, next careers, further education, you should rather find purpose than a job or a career,” he said at the time. “Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history.”
2. During the same HU speech, Boseman also spoke about losing his role on the soap opera “Days Of Our Lives,” which ironically Michael B. Jordan was later re-casted in. He says the ordeal taught him an important lesson about trusting God even when our plans go awry.
“When you invest in a seed, watching it grow without you, that is a bitter pill to swallow,” he said. “Sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose that God predestined inside of you.”
3. When the actor spoke on behalf of the Black Panther cast at the 2019 SAG Awards, his gracious acceptance speech went viral and touched the hearts of Black people everywhere.
“To be young, gifted and Black,” Boseman started, borrowing words from Nina Simone. “We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured. Yet you are young, gifted and Black. We know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above. That is what we went to work with every day because we knew… that we had something special that we wanted to give the world. That we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing. That we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see.”
4. In a quote that eerily reflects the health struggles he was going through, Chadwick gave advice on using one’s time wisely, while they still have the chance to.
“You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure,” he said.
5. While accepting the award for Best Hero at the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards, Boseman shared the spotlight with James Shaw Jr. Shaw, a good samaritan who made headlines for fighting off a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House.
“Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life,” Boseman said.
“There’s a plethora of stories in our culture that haven’t been told because Hollywood didn’t believe they were viable,” he said. “It would be cool to see slices of history that you haven’t seen with African figures. Like Africans in Europe – the Moors in Spain. Or if you go to Portugal, they have statues of Black people all over the place. So, not only have we been here,” Boseman says, “but we’ve directly affected everything that you think is European.”
7. While speaking to press backstage at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards, Boseman was asked if he felt as though he was living his true purpose. His answer was nothing short of astounding.
“I feel that I’m living my purpose. But the thing about purpose is that it unfolds to you more and more everyday,” the actor said. “You could be living in what was revealed to you at a particular time, and then you might get stagnated because there’s more that you’re supposed to do. It doesn’t just stop as you do one thing. I think it’s [about] being open to what you’re supposed to do at this moment and not getting stuck in the past. Purpose is not related to career or career. It’s related to what God put inside you that you’re supposed to give to the world.”
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.
“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.
In this new episode of ‘Bet on Black,’ food and beverage take center stage as aspiring Black entrepreneurs from It’s Seasoned, Black Farmer Box, and Moors Brewing Co. present their business ideas to judges with mentorship from Melissa Butler. Watch here!
On Oct. 10, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University.
The Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour made its final stop at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and left a lasting impact on students and alumni alike.
After unveiling their state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University, Walmart brought the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to Virginia State University (VSU) on Oct. 13.
Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour brings attention and wisdom to North Carolina Central University
On Oct. 17, Walmart brought the third stop of the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to North Carolina Central University (NCCU).
In October, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University. The HBCU located in Wilberforce, OH was the first stop on Walmart’s Black and Unlimited HBCU Tour.
REVOLT is continuing its impactful partnership with Walmart by teaming up to showcase Black creatives at HBCUs all-across America. The panel consisted of three experienced, accomplished Black HBCU alumni: Actor and media personality Terrence J, entertainment attorney John T. Rose, and actress and “REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy-Rue McCullough.
The health of a community can often be traced to the health of the environment that surrounds it. In Atlanta, a woman named Dr. Jaqueline Echols has dedicated her life to helping ensure that people in economically underserved communities have clean rivers – for better health and for the joy of outdoor recreational space.
Take a look inside the Makers Studio presented by Walmart at REVOLT WORLD, a space where Black creators could hone in on their brand and see it come to life.
On this all-new episode of “On In 5,” multitalented Nigerian artist Pheelz opens up about waiting for his opportunity to fully express himself through music, his inspirations and emotions, and the musical icons he grew up admiring. Watch!
Fly Guy DC taps in with REVOLT WORLD attendees to learn what the Opportunity Center, presented by Walmart, means to them and their futures.
Tiffany Haddish on therapy, wild fan interactions & the upcoming 'Haunted Mansion' movie | 'The Jason Lee Show'
On this all-new episode of “The Jason Lee Show,” the one and only Tiffany Haddish sits for a must-watch conversation about wild interactions with fans, her new movie ‘Haunted Mansion,’ bringing her therapist on dates, and being present. Watch the hilarious interview here.
Kareem Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke & networking | 'The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels'
On this all-new episode of “The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels,” the host and REVOLT CEO sits down with Kareem Cook. Throughout the introspective episode, Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke and being nervous to be in the South at the time, network vs. education, taking advantage of your opportunities, and connecting with Debbie Allen. Watch!
In this exclusive interview, DDG opens up about his fashion inspiration, what drew him to girlfriend Halle Bailey, dealing with negative opinions about his relationship, and more. Read up!
For this all-new episode of “On In 5,” singer-songwriter BNXN discusses his journey from IT to music, finding his voice and originality, linking up with Wizkid for their hits “Mood” and “Many Ways,” and what fans can expect from him this year — including a new album. Watch the full episode here!