Below is a clip of Al Pacino's "Inches is Life" speech from "Any Given Sunday." It is pretty good, I must say. I wish I could adapt it for my students. It does give one a sense of the things one can achieve if one is willing to work at the little things.
"We're in hell right now gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell... one inch at a time." Tony D'Amato as played by Al Pacino in "Any Given Sunday"