Sunday night at the Teen Choice Awards, Kobe Bryant presented Justin Timberlake with the very first Decade Award honoring his contributions to pop culture. Timberlake has won 23 surfboards over the years, a record for men.
He didn't waste the moment, taking the opportunity during his acceptance speech to share some inspiring life advice with the young people watching. But no matter what age you are, we can all learn from it.
"As a former teen, a while ago, who's made a few choices along the way," began the 35-year-old, "I'm here to tell you that choices matter."
He went on to praise his parents for the lessons they taught him, which have affected him to this day. "My parents did their best to fill my young mind not with prejudice or hate but with compassion and love."
Timberlake then asked teens to follow "the example of all the greats who have come before me," from his former neighbor Al Green to the late Muhammad Ali. Timberlake drew on three quotes from Ali to help deliver his message.
First, "Don't count the days, make the days count."
"Now you are young," he said, "as I once was. But do not think for a moment that what you do doesn't count. It does."
Second, "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."
"You don't have to make a difference on a global stage," he told the crowd. "You can volunteer in your neighborhood or in another neighborhood nearby where people might look a little different from you, and they might teach you a thing or two."
And the final piece of wisdom from the boxing legend? "Impossible is nothing."
Timberlake reminded those watching that we all make mistakes, "but what we do after that fall is how we make history."