At times, you feel like you can’t go on. You feel like you have reached the end of the road and every other thing seems impossible. Life is just a drag, or that latest project or goal you’re working on seems like it’s never going to happen.
Sometimes we need some inspiration in life. A friend to talk to, or a book to read. But often all it takes is just a couple of minutes to give us the motivation we need to push through. Short videos contain this type of power.
Here is a collection of some of the best inspirational and motivational videos that will get you inspired. Watch them and feel the desire within you ignite once again.
1. Fast & Skilled Workers Inspiration
In this quick video, you’ll not only be entertained but inspired. It goes to show that even in the most mundane of jobs, you can find ways to practice your craft and become skilled at almost anything.
2. How Bad Do You Want It?
The speech in this video belongs to Eric Thomas. He emphasises that “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
The lessons here apply to more than just sports. We should all be yearning to succeed as much as we yearn to survive or live. If we do, then it’s only a matter of time before we achieve everything we set out to accomplish in life.
3. Life is Beautiful
In this beautiful video, we can see all that makes living on this planet so marvellous and unique. Our successes, failures, times of happiness and sadness, that’s all the part of a great life. We can do so much, we can learn, love, inspire others; we can also be sad, be down, and that’s all part of living.
During the hard times, we might forget that living this life right here and right now is a privilege. This inspirational video reminds us of that.
4. How Depression Led to Dwayne Johnson’s Career-Defining Moment
You may not be aware that Dwayne Johnson, otherwise known as ‘The Rock’ was cut from his football team the Calgary Stampeders and rejected by the NFL His career and dreams were left shattered, but he decided to pick himself up and try something new.
That low-point in his life became the foundation for his ultimate success in life.
5. Any Given Sunday Pre-Game Speech – Al Pacino
Al Pacino’s speech from the film ‘Any Given Sunday’ has become legendary in helping motivate people to find that extra ‘inch.’ His speech teaches us that it’s the person who is willing to give that little bit extra, who will conquer all.
If you’re feeling like you can’t go on, or that your efforts are all for nothing, press play on the video above and it will give you the motivation you need to find some extra strength.
6. Inspiration for Life
In this life, we often think that we have to be someone else to become great. That’s a big mistake.
All we need to know is that we are already good enough. We just need to strive for what we truly want, even when it’s hard, even when it’s painful. That’s the only way to appreciate ourselves and the world we live in, and wake up with joy every single morning.
7. You Are Limitless
It doesn’t matter where we start in life if we know where we want to go and are ready to make a commitment.
We all don’t have the same opportunities. Maybe we don’t have education, we might be poor, or have no support. If we don’t try, we will never know what we are capable of. There are no excuses. The sky is the limit.
8. Never Give Up
“Let me tell you about something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows; it’s a very mean and nasty place. And I don’t care how tough you are; it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it…”
Life is not easy. Life can be cruel. But something great could happen. Our bodies are incredible machines, capable of unthinkable efforts. Pain is temporary, quitting is forever. If we quit, we’ll never know how great our lives can be.
How sweet is the feeling of winning? We will never know if we quit. Fear is just an illusion. Who could live proudly, knowing he was stopped by an illusion?
9. ‘Blind Side’ – Pro Footballer
If you’ve seen the film ‘Blind Side’ most likely you felt inspired after watching it. The film is based on the true story of Michael Oher’s rise to fame after having been picked off the streets by the Tuohy family who then cared for him and supported him in his quest for a career in professional football.
This short video summarises his story.
10. Life = Risk
If we have never failed, we certainly have never lived. Failures are lessons for those who are prepared to learn. Sometimes it takes the time to overcome, but at the end, we stand up and keep going.
There are so many examples of famous people who have succeeded in this video, but we forget that they also had failures. Many of them were rejected when they first tried things that made them famous, but that didn’t stop them, it just made them more determined to succeed.
11. If Today were the Last Day of my Life: Steve Jobs
According to the late Steve Jobs, he lived every day with the idea that it could be his last, and this was one of the greatest tools he found to help him make the hard choices in life.
Live fully, do not be afraid, let go of anything that is deterring you from achieving your full potential, because at the end of the day, you have nothing to lose in chasing your dreams and living your life to the fullest.
This video has a snippet of one of the most inspirational speeches he has ever made.
David Goggins was scared and targeted by racists. This is the story of how he went from a kid going nowhere to changing his life through suffering. A must watch for anyone who is trying to run away from pain and suffering.
13. The Greatest – Muhammad Ali Inspirational Video
Muhammad Ali was a real hero to many people, and not without reason. He had to train but he couldn’t get to a gym, so he went running. He had a big dream and didn’t quit, and now, his fights are a part of history that will never be erased.
His life story inspired so many people and his speeches brought them to tears and touched their hearts to become better, stronger human beings. Watch this video to be inspired by one of the greatest sportsmen that ever lived.
14. The Mind
“If you’re going to try, go all the way, otherwise don’t even start. It could cost you everything, but go all the way.”
This video reminds us that if you are in it, get stuck in deep and don’t turn back. You could lose everything, but sometimes the things that are most precious to gain, come at the greatest costs.
15. Believe in Yourself
We are what we believe. A proper belief-system of who we are will lead to more self-confidence. We start to talk, walk and act like the person we want to be. We need to put the effort in changing, but changing to better ourselves, is always worth the effort.
Just believe in yourself and act like the person you’re striving to be.
16. Rocky Balboa – Motivational/Inspirational Speech to Son
When it comes to being motivated by Rocky, you’d expect to watch that scene where he’s training really hard, or listen to that song ‘Eye of the tiger.’ This time Rocky motivates us through a well-delivered message to his son.
He tells us, “it’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done”
17. Elon Musk Inspiration
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.” Elon Musk is a modern day visionary and inspiration. He did things that people would call crazy, however, he somehow always made it and never gave up. He shows how far you can go if you have obsession.
18. It’s Up To You
It’s not important how long you live, it’s important how you live. When you strive to change your life, take little steps. Every morning, think about things you can do to make your life better. Every evening reflect on the day behind you. Don’t let your old habits limit you.
Every new day is a new beginning.
19. Change Your Mind in just 2.50 mins
Many famous and successful people were rejected in some way. Not just once, but many times in their life. They succeeded because they never gave up. Some people dream of success. Others wake up and work for it. Will you be inspired in just over 2 minutes?
The video emphasises the power of trusting the gut, destiny, karma or whatever makes sense to you.
Do not live someone else’s life, for your time is limited. Do not be trapped by the dogma of any kind for this will only limit you from making any meaningful achievements. Watch this video and be motivated to live your own life.
21. People are Awesome
You don’t have to be born with intelligence or book smarts to be an inspiration to others. Anyone, whatever their age, gender, race or background can do amazing things. Being successful does not always mean making the most money. This video shows people being awesome all across the world.
22. Nick Vujicic – Unbelievable Inspiration
Nick Vujicic has no arms or legs yet always looks the bright side of life. He didn’t wallow in sadness that he wasn’t born like everyone else, but instead learnt to be thankful in all circumstances and to not believe the lie that he is incapable of having a good life.
Watch this video and be inspired instantly!
23. Tony Robbins – Limitless Passion
To succeed, you need to get out of your comfort zone and work your way up to your goals and dreams. By this, you will find out some talents and abilities that you possess that you didn’t know about. But what’s most important is that you have passion.
If you want to know about inspiration and motivation, there is nobody better than to hear it from the number 1 life coach, Tony Robbins.
24. Les Brown: It is Not Over Until You Win!
Les Brown believes we are given dreams by a higher power for specific purposes. We, therefore, have to find out that purpose and fulfil it. This is a moving piece from his history that will definitely uplift your spirit.
Although it is 35 minutes long, it is worth the watch. This speech has lots of stories that will stick into your mind whenever you feel down.
25. Don’t Count the Cost (For students)
Think about the opportunity presented to you and not the obligation. Success and being average have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
With a good mindset, you no longer need to attract average. Your background doesn’t matter. The absence of resources should not be a hindrance, but a motivation to achieve.
26. Pain is Temporary
The Hip Hop preacher, Eric Thomas gives a very inspiring message on pain, endurance and the virtue of perseverance. We should never give up at any point in life. Nothing is permanent. Everything happens for a reason.
27. Jack Ma’s Advice
If you’re an entrepreneur and need a bit of help, this video is for you. Jack Ma knows what it’s like to start at the bottom. He started as a teacher, then had an idea. Nobody believed him or supported him, but he continued. He founded Alibaba.com and is now one of the richest men in the world.
28. The Pursuit of Happyness – Motivational Speech
In this clip, Will Smith’s plays Chris Gardner, who is about to give his son an important lesson. He tells his own son “to never let anyone tell him to give up on his dreams, not even him.”
The full film covers the real-life story of entrepreneur Chris Gardner, and how he came from nothing to make it all the way to the top. If you’re in need of a bit of inspiration, watching The Pursuit of Happyness is a great start.
29. Randy Pausch: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Obstacles are present for specific reasons. They are not there to keep us away from achievement, but they exist for us to prove how badly we want something. We should never let them fade away just like that.
This lecture by Randy Pausch is a much longer video than some of the others on this page. But it’s well worth the watch. Have a notepad handy because there are some great gems within this video.
30. Inspiration Kids Edition
Usually, when we want motivation we look at those ahead of us, at those older than us who have the wisdom that they can share with us. But inspiration and motivation can come from those younger than us too. If anyone has the belief that they are too young to achieve something. Watch this video and be inspired!
31. Success and the Mind
In this video, Tony Robbins, one of the all-time top motivational speakers, tells us that we all have the power to achieve anything, but whether we do so rests in our belief in whether we can.
Frank Kern came from nothing to make $18 million in one day. John Reese was the first man to make $1 million in a day using internet marketing techniques. Together they go talk to Tony Robbins and discuss what it takes to be successful.
Just listening to this video will make you want to put in that little extra to achieve your goals, it teaches us that we all have importance, a meaning and a mission.
32. Finding Your Meaning of Life
Here is another wonderful video about the meaning of life. About how most of us are using just a small part of our abilities, talents, strengths, living a life we don’t even like.
Passion is what empowers every human being. By not following our passion, we can easily slip into depression and despair. Our responsibility is to find our true calling in life and take one step at a time to live the life we desire and deserve.
33. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Motivational Speech
In his lifetime ‘Arnie’ has achieved a lot. What’s more impressive is that he’s moved around to all sorts of careers and had success in each of them. He’s a man who knows how to succeed. In this video, he tells us that having a vision is crucial to success because luck doesn’t happen by accident.
34. Hand in Hand Choreography: Ma Li and Xiaowei
Ma Li has no leg. Xiaowei has no arm. These two have overcome all frustrations that almost made them want to quit.
This video reminds us to take what you have and own it!
35. Be Fearless
You should never wait for opportunities to come your way. The desire for achievement should be strong enough to provide an irresistible push to work towards achievement.
Go out there and start something. However small it is, it will get bigger some day. All you need to do is to be fearless.
36. Quiet Desperation
Wherever you are in your life, is a result of all the choices you’ve made. But are you satisfied with what you have produced so far? Is that the best you can do?
Find out the meaning of your life and work towards it.
37. The Hero in You
This video emphasizes that realists are not afraid to look at the harsh circumstances in their lives. They sharpen their eyes by paying keen attention to details and people’s intentions. You do not have to wait for people to do things for you. Dependency is a bad habit that drags you behind.
38. How Successful People Think
Many people have not discovered where their passion lies. This makes them very reluctant to start anything because they don’t know what to work for in life. This motivational video will definitely be worth watching if you fall into this category.
39. The 14-year old Millionaire
Are you passionate about business? Have you ever tried starting a business and failed? Well, the story of this 14-year old millionaire Farrah Gray will definitely uplift you and make you want to be better. Truly inspiring! Watch and see!
40. Steve Jobs on Success
Steve Jobs reminds us that we must be passionate about our goals because when times get hard, any rational person would give up. We must be passionate about what we are trying to achieve. If we aren’t, we need to reassess our goals and what we are doing in life.
41. Floyd Mayweather – Obsessed
In addition to the already mentioned Muhammed Ali, Floyd Mayweather is another champion we can look up to. Whilst outside the ring he may not be the most popular character, we can’t deny that in the ring he was one of the best. To have a record of 51 wins and zero loses takes dedication. He is a winner through and through.
42. Tom Brady – Prove Them Wrong
Tom Brady is arguably one of the greatest football players the NFL has ever seen. This video shines some reality on all his successes and shows us that he wasn’t born a natural footballer. In fact, a lot of people doubted him. An early report on him stated the following points: poor build, lacks great physical stature, and the list of negatives went on.
Tom Brady took that report and proved it wrong. The rest is history.
43. Will Smith – Motivation, Successs, Greatness
In this video, Will Smith shares his best advice on success. He is a big believer in the saying from Confucius, ‘He who says he can and he who says he can’t, are both usually right.” To Will Smith, achieving your goals is all about making a choice, believing in it, and taking action. If you do, the universe will get out of your way to make it happen.
44. Fears and Dreams
Fear is the enemy of success. We are hindered from achieving so many things by fear. According to this video, we need to be fearless, dream bigger and avoid being distracted by fear.
Our dreams are meant to be fulfilled, and if we let fear get in the way of our struggles, we may not achieve them. Be fearless.
45. Finding Your Meaning of Life
There is no better way to learn how to make your life meaningful than to listen to people who have already succeeded and who we admire. No matter what other people say, our intuition is our best guide and we have to listen very carefully.
In this video, the advice doesn’t come from Greek philosophers from years back, but rather from modern-day Hollywood stars, such as Ashton Kutcher, Jim Carey, Will Smith and Steven Spielberg.
I really hope you enjoyed the videos in this list. You’ll find that they are quite captivating, for students, business people and anyone else who might be going through a down period and needs to be uplifted.
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