I love motivational videos! Not only do I love them, but I really needed them at various times in my life.
Below is a list of some of my favourites, which may hopefully help others too. 😊 (Bonus quotes at the bottom).
1) We got scared – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ela3ChTzFcA
This powerful and thought-provoking video perfectly encapsulates the dark and light forces that have guided humans throughout history.
0:52 “Nature made us masters of survival but didn’t give us the tools to understand the world. All we knew about life was death we inflected upon others and it reminded us of our own fate.”
2:19 “We ruled and blessed a land we walked upon but our common heritage was a lost memory. We are turned into neighbours divided by distance and language.”
3:01 “Our survival blood nourished our grabbing hands but the grass was always greener on the other side. We were trapped under the colour of our banner and the sense of fulfilment was nowhere to be found.”
3:57 “We fell down on our knees and pray, and we only saw shadows of ghosts. So we got scared and we found new ways to destroy each other.”
4:11 “Look at us now, we are so scared. We surrender our hearts and minds to dogmatic ideologies and we celebrate death and destruction as our greatest masterpiece.”
5:31 “We caressed a world with our consciousness and we evolved intellectually and morally, and we reached insights far beyond what our fearful ancestors could ever have imagined.”
5:46 “We’re all connected to each other by our common heritage and we share the tree of life with every living thing.”
6:24 “We stand alone in understanding the concept of a better world and we have the only minds that can make dreams possible.”
6:30 “We have proven time and again that when we put our efforts together we have the power to achieve greatness.”
6:55 “By climbing on the shoulders of giants we got the courage to leap up from our world, and we have touched the surface of our celestial neighbour with our footsteps.”
7:56 “Only when we accept that we’re not going to live forever will we be able to truly appreciate the short spark of our existence and live our lives fulfilled.”
2) Charlie Chaplin – The Great Dictator Speech – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8HdOHrc3OQ
One of the best speeches ever, by none other than the famous ‘silent comedian’ Charlie Chaplin! If we were all just 10% more like Charlie Chaplin, the world would be a much better place.
0:24 “We all want to help one another; human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness; not by each other’s misery.”
1:03 “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”
2:26 “You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate, only the unloved hate. The unloved and the unnatural.”
2:31 “Soldiers, don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty. In the 17th chapter of St Luke it is written ‘the kingdom of god is within man, not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men.’ “
2:47 “You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful; to make this life a wonderful adventure.”
3:17 “Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers; to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance”
3) Jim Carrey – Commencement Address – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V80-gPkpH6M
If you are in need of some great life advice, I recommend this motivational speech by Jim Carrey. He covers various topics including mindfulness, self acceptance, fear and identity. There’s some great quotes and some humour mixed in too.
8:04 “Beware the unloved, because they will eventually hurt themselves…or me”
10:11 “Fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment which are based in either love or fear”
11:39 “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”
15:50 “To find real peace you have to let the armour go. Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world”
18:59 “We’re not the avatars we create. We’re not the pictures on the film stock. We are the light that shines through; all else is just smoke and mirrors, distracting but not truly compelling”
20:52 “Our eyes are not viewers, they’re also projectors, that are running a different story over the picture we see in front of us all the time. Fear is writing that script and the working title is, ‘I’ll never be enough’ “
23:40 “Your job is not to figure how it’s going to happen for you, but to open the door in your head, and when the door opens in real life—just walk through it.”
24:24 “Why not take a chance on faith. Take a chance on faith – not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I don’t believe in hope. Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire and faith leaps over it”
25:05 “You will only ever have two choices: love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart”
4) Jordan Peterson – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yR3aWK-LK8
– If it can shine in the darkest places, you know it’s a real light.
– You need meaning because life is suffering and malevolence.
– Be armed with virtue so things don’t turn to hell.
– Nobility of purpose will help set against the suffering and malevolence.
– You need a reason to get out of bed on a terrible day.
– Who do you admire? Do they take responsibility for themself and others?
– Pick up your burden and walk up the hill—that’s the alternative to hell.
– Implement the best plan that you have at hand, and iterate and update along the way.
5) Les Brown – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ4en7o8B-g
A motivational and inspiring video by Les Brown, an American motivational speaker.
0:25 “Imagine, if you will, being on your deathbed and standing around your bed the ghost of the dreams, the ideas, the, abilities, the talents, given to you by life, and that you for whatever reason, you never went after that dream, you never acted on those ideas, you never used those talents, you never used those gifts, and there they are standing around your bed looking at you with large angry eyes saying ‘we came to you, and only you could have given us life, and now we must die with you forever.'”
2:35 “You have something that you brought to the universe and that if you decide that my life deserves my developing, this is what I do well, and becoming the best at it and mastering myself and seeing what I have within me. If you decide to drop your buckets where you are and develop your gifts, I grant you you’ll never ever be without.”
3:38 “Changing is not easy. Changing your life, changing habits, reinventing yourself, picking yourself up after life has knocked you flat on your back. I’ve got a saying ‘when life knocks you down try and land on your back, because if you can look up you could get up.”
5:11 “In life you will always be faced with a series of god-ordained opportunities brilliantly disguised as problems and challenges.”
6:49 “There’s no secret to success, there’s a system to success, and no matter what organization you become a part of the system works if you work it.”
8:44 “I think we have to reflect on ‘who am I, why am I here, what drives me. If I died today, what three words would I want said about me?'”
6) Steve Vai – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIErgaixVzE
This video features American guitarist Steve Vai, who shares some words of wisdom and lessons he has learned in life. He also covers his experience of depression, and how he tried to get out of it.
0:00 “If you change the way you’re looking at something, whatever you’re looking at will change.”
0:28 “Probably three or four years ago I started to really understand the power of personal choice. Because we think that we’re trapped. See, we create our own identity, and our identity is forged by the way we view our past experiences, and we’re all prisoners of that shit.”
1:59 ‘Whatever you really, really, really want, you get, and whatever you really, really, really, don’t want you get; because, whatever your mind is focussing on, you pull these things into your life.”
2:26 “The world is relative, it’s the way you see yourself that shapes the world. It doesn’t shape the world; it shapes your perspective on the world.”
2:42 “We all have these very subtle, intuitive moments of clarity, but you have to want them. If you’re stuck in a particular way of thinking for your whole life, you’re not going to get them.”
7) I didn’t come this far to only come this far – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D53m7CJ7wYI
If this powerful video by ‘Fearless Motivation’ does not fill you with energy and drive to persist and achieve more, nothing will.
0:58 “I didn’t come this far, to only come this far. I came this far so I could be strong enough to go further.”
1:17 “I am proud of my achievements but that doesn’t mean I’ll settle for them. Proud but never satisfied. Proud but forever hungry. Proud and always ready. Proud but pushing.”
1:54 “If the journey wasn’t challenging, the destination wouldn’t be rewarding.”
2:30 “If you want to be the best, you must outwork the rest.”
3:25 “That heart that you know is inside it. You just got to let it out. To keep going when life has you on the canvas. When everything seems to be conspiring to stop you. To hold you back. But you say ‘no’. You say ‘not today’.”
3:52 “If you want more than most, you must work harder than most. Work smarter than most. Learn more than most. Get up one more time more than most.”
9) LOTR The Two Towers – The Tales That Really Mattered… – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6C8SX0mWP0
One of my favourite scenes from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy which encapsulates the heart of the story.
Frodo: “I can’t do this Sam.”
Sam: “I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”
Frodo: “What are we holding on to, Sam?”
Sam: “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”
00:11 “The whole system that we live in drills into us that we’re powerless, that we’re weak, that our society is evil, that it’s crowded, et cetera and so forth. It’s all a big fat lie. We are powerful, beautiful, extraordinary. There is no reason why we cannot understand who we truly are, where we are going. There is no reason why the average individual cannot be fully empowered. We are incredibly powerful beings.”
0:44 “Now I think I spent 30 years of my life, in the first 30 trying to become something. I want to become good at things, I want to become good at tennis, and want to become good at school and grades. And everything I kind of viewed in that perspective. I’m not okay the way I am but if I got good at things. I realized I had to the game wrong; the game was to find out what I already was.”
2:42 “The old appeals to racial, sexual, and religious chauvinism, to rabid nationalist fervor are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed.”
“Thank God for challenges to test my skills and strength. Thank God for problems otherwise life would be too simple and dull. Thank God for critics and haters who inspire me to become even better.” – https://www.instagram.com/p/CIwuAaqBeKS/
“The greatest rewards and worst punishments are future versions of ourselves, which depend on the actions we take in the present, and the direction we are heading towards.” – https://www.instagram.com/p/B2mYHAOFIJ3/
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