12 motivational videos guaranteed to inspire

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Everyone requires motivation. Especially for the moments that challenge what you think and believe.

Any day that I need a boost or a reminder to know that what I’m doing is the right course of action for me, I listen to these videos. These people have already achieved a level of success that is only present to a small percentage of the population. They inspire me to stay on track and commit to my desires.

They impart their wisdom through their actions. They execute every day to become the people they are and they don’t stop.

Many of the videos are compilations from commencement speeches. This is the time when the celebrities we’ve come to know and love speak about their imparting wisdom to the impressionable minds of the youth.

It’s the time when they get to remind you that they are human.

It’s the time that they expose a part of themselves that you otherwise may not see: the years of failure, struggle and the relentless pursuit of success.

They tell their story not out of pity, but to inspire. They show their insecurities and vulnerabilities. They’re human, just like you.

They encourage us to step up and take what’s ours. Everyone deserves success.

Everyone has the ability to make their mark on the world and change it for the better. Everyone is on a journey.

Through life’s trials, people have the opportunity to take risk, and through patience and hard work earn the reward.

The reward is a life worth living.

It’s a life you designed for yourself. It’s a life that you wake up every morning and say “How did I get to live in this dream!?”

We love and admire them, and one day can be like them in our own ways. Anyone can achieve success if they desire it.

Success is a choice.

Now, go forth and enjoy the Motivational Video Playlist.

#1 Think Different

The famous Apple Computer manifesto describes the company’s rallying call to be different and challenge the status quo.

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes, the ones that see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them, because they change things.

They push the human race forward. And while some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who think they are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

#2 A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Even children can make a difference. The 10-year-old Robby Novak has inspired children and adults all over the world through his beautiful, inspirational videos. He’s always encouraging people to be more awesome.

“The world needs you to stop being boring. Yea You! Boring is easy, everybody can be boring, but you’re gooder than that.” – Kid President

#3 Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Motivational Speech

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s words make a mark on your heart. The former Mr. Universe crushed every obstacle to become a body builder when it was less than ideal.

Schwarzenegger clearly has a formula for success, from being in the military, to becoming Mr. Universe, to acting in notable American films, and then becoming the governor of California. He challenges people to think outside the box, break some of the rules, don’t be afraid to fail, and commit to working hard.

“If someone told me that something was impossible, I will go out and do it. That’s just the way I always was.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

#4 Hard Work & Patience – A Gary Vaynerchuck Original Film

Gary Vaynerchuck reminds us that success seriously takes hard work. People think that success is just exploded overnight. It’s not.

“One is better than zero.” – Gary Vaynerchuck

There are years and years of peoples’ lives that are private. And those years are spent refining skill and committing every day to working hard and dedicating to your dreams. It takes patience and hard work.

“The machine, the marketplace might be telling you that you’re going to lose. But it is about staying the course and putting in the work and positioning yourself in the right position to go out and win.” – Gary Vaynerchuck

#5 Jim Carrey’s Secret of Life – Inspiring Message

“My soul is not contained within the limits of my body. My body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.” – Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey explains from experience “the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart, and all that will be left of you, is what was in your heart.”

He reminds us to not worry about the material things (enjoy them), but know that what really matters is your connection with others.

Carrey shows us that we can worry about the future, but our decisions only lie in the moment-to-moment reality. He reminds us that decisions are made from either fear or love. Decisions made out of a place of love, are the choices that give us success.

“Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.” – Jim Carrey

#6 Steve Jobs – Motivational Video

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” –Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech to Stanford University in 2005. He reminds people to “do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work, is to love what you do.”

The infamous Apple CEO, inspires you to live life from your heart. He encourages people to have passion, challenge the status quo and really make your life matter.

#7 J.K. Rowling – Motivational Speech

Author of the Billion-dollar series Harry Potter gave an inspiring commencement speech at Harvard. The renowned author pressed the importance of failure, humility, and perspective.

“Failure meant the stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.” – J.K. Rowling

Rowling reminds us that we must have such an intense determination to succeed that we are willing to put everything on the line. From there, we can build our reality and lives with confidence.

“Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I built my life.” – J.K. Rowling

#8 Denzel Washington – Claim Your Dream

The famous actor, Denzel Washington expresses that our path lies in our desires.

“True desire in the heart, for anything good, is God’s proof to you, sent before hand to indicate that it’s yours already. That itch that you have to be whatever it is that you want to be, that desire for good is God’s proof to you to indicate that it’s yours. You already have it. Claim it.” – Denzel Washington

Denzel reminds us that hard work and dedication are a requirement to success. If you’re looking for a signal from the Universe that this is the right direction for you, the desire itself is the sign. The next step is commitment and execution.

He reminds us to be grateful every moment of every day.

“Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.” – Denzel Washington

#9 Everybody is Free to Wear Sunscreen

The famous 1997 speech by Mary Schmich imparts wisdom to live by. “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.”

The speech gives a comical reality of how to live your life. This would be all the wisdom you could expect to hear from your future self.

“Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Do one thing every day that scares you. Sing. Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults. Stretch. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what to do what your life. Maybe you’ll marry. Maybe you won’t. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.”

#10 Will Smith Secrets to Success


Will Smith is known for the Fresh Prince of Bellaire, rapper skill, and more serious epic acting roles. Smith emphasizes the need to believe in yourself, your goals and your dreams. “The first step before anybody else in the world believes it, is you have to believe it. There’s no reason to have a plan B, because it distracts from plan A.”

“There’s a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have. You have to believe that something different can happen.” – Will Smith

Will Smith reminds us that we must make choices, and decisions in order to create action. “You just decide, what it’s going to be, who you’re going to be, and when you’re going to do it. And from that point the Universe is going to get out of your way.”

Then dedicate yourself to yourself and your craft every day. Smith explains that we must have incredible work ethic.

“This is what I believe, and I’m willing to die for it. Period. It’s that simple.” – Will Smith

#11 Best Motivational Speech “Focus”

This speech compilation reminds us to step back and look at our lives.

“Look at your life right now. Whatever you’ve done up until this time, your life is working. Whatever you’ve produced, it came out of you. As a result of the person you’ve become, as a result of your choices, as a result of your consciousness. Now you have to ask yourself are you satisfied with what you’ve produced?”

#12 Mindshift Motivational Video

Be relentless and chase your dreams. Become resourceful and creative and develop the courage and power to endure without giving up on your dreams.

“There is nothing more powerful than a changed mind.”

“If you want something out of life. If you want to change yourself, if you want to acquire something, if there is some goal that you want to reach—change in your behaviors, overcoming negative beliefs. It’s challenging, it’s hard. Most people never go through life discovering what their talents are. Most people never develop their talents.”

“Feel that incredible power of whatever is holding you back and push through to the other side.”

When you overcome the fears staring you in the face, and you push through you are rewarded. You’re rewarded with fantastic opportunities and a beautiful life—the life of your dreams.

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