While Bon Jovi are playing “It’s My Life” on their worldwide tour, the band’s
singer is telling fans, “It’s your life.”
Addressing the prestigious Oxford Union debating society on Friday, Jon Bon Jovi said, “You have to be true to yourself. It’s your life. You are the masters of your destiny, and passion, not pedigree, will win the end.”
Bon Jovi gave a 20-minute speech to students at the 800-year-old university
in Oxfordshire, England, according to the Associated Press. He preached
the three “P’s” — “passion, perseverance and possibility” — and lectured on
the virtues of hard work and self belief.
“Nothing is more important than passion,” he said. “Whatever you decide to
do in life, just be passionate about it. Don’t be intimidated by
competition, as success is sweeter and failure less bitter when you have
Showing he wasn’t intimidated by competition (Michael Jackson, Kermit the
Frog, Barry White, O.J. Simpson and Jerry Springer have all addressed the
Oxford Union), Bon Jovi explained his qualifications.
“I spent years playing in bar bands, watching and learning my craft — that
was my university,” he said.
This was not the singer’s first major speech of the year. Last month, Bon
Jovi gave the commencement address at Monmouth University (see “Dr. Bon Jovi
Salutes Underdogs In Graduation Speech” ).
Bon Jovi — the band — are currently on a British tour in support of
their new live album, One Wild Night, which features classic hits
such as “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead or Alive,” along with
2000’s single, “It’s My Life” (see “Bon Jovi Have One Wild Night“ ).