Top 10 Inspirational YouTube Videos To Get You Motivated

Added by Edan Barak in Pop Culture (motivational, inspirational, videos) on May 26, 2014

The videos below have been compiled over a number of years, and include masterpieces of inspiration from around the internet. Some offer stories of selflessness, some offer insight and wisdom into our lives. We love being inspired. To do better. To reach farther. Sometimes all you need is a little pep-talk, sometimes you need some perspective.

We've included below some of the most motivational YouTube videos we've seen. You're welcome to add your own and vote on the ones you like best.

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Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs encourages students at Stanford to pursue their dreams in a speech which has since become legendary.

He mentions in his speech how he dropped out of college, and how it was the best decision of his life. He talks about a life of poverty and dreams, and how much he loved it. He followed what he loved, and trusted that the dots in life would eventually connect, and they did, leading him to found Apple, one of the most successful companies of all time.


What Brought Us Together

This is a yearly wrap-up for 2012, filled with images from Hurricane Sandy, shootings as Sandy Hook Elementary, Amanda Todd and teenager's reaction to bullying, and a whole lot more.

The music and images blend into a heart-wrenching, inspiring symphony, bringing to light the achievements, adversity, and breakthroughs of the year 2012.


The Future Is Ours

Technology is helping deaf people to hear, cars to drive themselves, and humans to reach to the stars. Humanity has a truly earth-shattering capacity for innovation, which is improving the world in many ways, beyond what our ancestors could ever imagine.

This video will inspire you to try harder, reach further, and bring your potential to light.


Free Hugs

Juan Mann began the Free Hugs Campaign in September 2006 as a simple attempt to connect with others by way of offering free hugs. The campaign was soon banned by police and government officials, but the public support for the movement was overwhelming and the campaign took flight, touching the lives of millions and becoming a source of inspiration and humanity.


Michael Jordan Nike Commercial

You might be surprised to see a commercial in our top 10 inspirational videos, but every once in a while one comes along which is nothing short of perfection. We'll let Michael do the talking in this one, but suffice it to say that once you've seen this ad, your failures will start to seem like hidden gems.


Never Give Up - A True Story

In the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Derek Redmond sprained his ankle while running the 400 meters sprint. He refused to give up, and limped to the finish line with the help of his father who had circumvented security in order to help his son stand. Together, they passed the finish line and received a standing ovation from a crowd of over 65,000.


Susan Boyle - Britain's Got Talent 2009

Everyone loves a good underdog story, and this one will leave you in a quiet state of euphoria.

Susan Boyle was a complete unknown before 11th April 2009, when she was introduced to the world on the stage of Britain's Got Talent. Her humble, quiet nature and angelic voice will totally throw you off, as it did the crowd and judges.


What if money was no object?

The premise of this video is simple: what would you do with your life if money were no object? Chances are, you would make some changes in your life.

Get inspired to search deep into your soul for your personal truth about how you want to live your life, and what your priorities are. You just might be surprised at the answers.

Our favorite quote: "If you say that getting [the] money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You'll be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living. That is, to go on doing things you don't like doing."

Break the cycle.


Where the Hell is Matt?

After leaving his job as a video game designer in order to travel the world, Matthew "Matt" Harding started filming his trip in a most unique way.

He was known by his friends for a silly dance he did, which became the premise for a series of videos depicting Matt in various places around the world dancing alone and with locals. The video became a hit on YouTube and got passed around by email and social media. One of our favorites!


Al Pacino's Inspirational Speech from Any Given Game

Movies can be a huge source of inspiration. In this speech, Al Pacino, portraying a coach for a failing American football team, brings it with a very inspiring, heartfelt speech that rings of truth. He begins his speech with the words, "I don't know what to say, really...", and soon shows us that not only does he know what to say, he also says it with passion and a veracity that serves to inspire his team to unite and succeed.

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