8 Inspirational Videos That Will Instantly Pump Up Your Motivation

Joel Lee 10-02-2012

motivational videosHow do you feel about motivational videos? You may think that they’re nothing more than glorified, digital pep rallies where overly optimistic people preach empty words of success, victory, and ultimately happiness. And to some extent, you may be right.


Personally, I’m not a big fan of anything that is meant to artificially boost your emotions, your sense of worth, your self-esteem, or anything else. Many motivational speakers give off a manipulative vibe, which often detracts from their message – and often times, motivational videos are no better. However, it can be good to listen to something that’s meant to inspire you. Inspiration and motivation can be elusive, and sometimes you need help finding them. Some people look to inspirational quotes while others resort to motivational web sites and services TextMotivate: Get Motivational Text Messages To Remind You Of Your Goals Read More – especially when it comes to fitness motivation Three Motivational Sites to Stay Physically Fit & Read on Benefits of Physical Fitness Read More . Maybe for you, videos are what you need.

Here are a collection of YouTube videos that will give you the kick-up-the-butt you so desperately need. Even if motivational and inspirational videos aren’t your cup of tea, try watching these videos at least once. They’re short enough that even if you end up disliking them, you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your time.


Warning: NSFW language!

This video is not meant to be an inspirational one, but it sure gets its point across. In this movie, Glengarry Glen Ross, Alec Baldwin delivers one of the finest acting performances of his entire career. Not only is his acting superb, it tugs at your chest and pulls you into his story.

Even though this clip is 7 minutes long, I highly recommend that everyone watch it. Not that I agree with most of what is said, but this is motivation at its best.


“Life = Risk”

Motivation is often killed by a fear of failure. Are you paralyzed because you’re afraid to fail? Well, this motivational video should give you a much needed boost of confidence.

Spoiler: Failure ain’t a bad thing.

“How Bad Do You Want It?”

The speech in this video was made by Eric Thomas, who is also known as the Hip Hop Preacher. Although the main figure in the video is a running back named Giavanni Ruffin, the message applies to more than just sports.


To quote Thomas, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

“Pain Is Temporary”

From Eric Thomas, the Hip Hop Preacher, comes another inspiring message about pain, perseverance, and endurance. It seems appropriate to plug in some of the most clichéd phrases here, such as, “No pain, no gain.” Or even, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

“You’re Better Than That”

Sylvester Stallone delivers a great speech in Rocky VI as Rocky Balboa speaking words of wisdom to his son. What’s his message? Success isn’t determined by how smart or talented or skilled you are; success is determined by how hard you can persevere through challenges.


On an unrelated note, the kinetic typography adds a great touch.

“Life Is a Game of Inches”

Warning: NSFW language!

Another movie makes it onto this list: Any Given Sunday. In this movie, Al Pacino is a football coach who delivers a motivating speech to his falling-apart team. Life is like a football game – or maybe football is like life. Either way, the words here are moving and powerful.

“No Excuses”

Here’s a video from Nike that strikes at one of the most prevalent causes of failure: making excuses. Wait for the twist ending. That one caught me by surprise.


“Go Get It”

In the movie Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith’s character speaks a few words of encouragement to his son with regard to pursuing a goal. This line in particular kills me – “people can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it.

These are by no means the absolute best motivational videos out there. If you know of any other videos that are worth sharing, please feel free in the comments! If these videos didn’t move you at all, perhaps motivational videos just aren’t your thing – and there’s nothing wrong with that.  In that case, what does motivate you?

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    July 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

    this vedio is very good and motivational

    July 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

    This vedio is very good

  3. Bryan
    June 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Old classic that many forgot. Leo Beuerman. Guarantee to make you look at your life and think "Geez life's not so bad after all".

  4. ken
    June 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    very nice videos! Thanks for sharing. The best I thought was "How Bad Do You Want It ?"

  5. alan
    May 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Really great videos and now I have to find more. Thanks. They were motivation built within themself. More, more!

    • Joel Lee
      May 30, 2012 at 4:47 am

      If I find more, I'll most certainly share them. Glad you liked! :)

  6. kwarc
    April 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm
  7. Ngosa
    March 24, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Amazing how just a few phrases and a reooppwint can litteraly trigger you to get up out of your seat and begin a new you a new day and a new future . Thanks alot! I really needed this, every thing had such truth and relation to the way I and other may feel. Wheather we choose? to take the words into a different context, as long as we change for the better we know its working. What a great video.

  8. Joel Lee
    February 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

     Thanks for sharing!

  9. Andreas Beer
    February 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

    alec baldwin's speech isn't motivational at all. it doesn't motivate the listeners, it only forces a higher volition and action through threats. this is abuse, companies relying on guys like this cause real trouble in our society in the long run.

    • Guest
      February 12, 2012 at 2:35 am

      True words of a spineless guy that only wants his asshole licked. I understand how it is inspirational, because all he is saying is, "if I can do it, you can do it" Too many people in life tell themselves "I can't" but it really isn't a matter of can or can't, it's a matter of will.

      • Joel Lee
        February 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        That's what I was thinking. I don't agree with Baldwin's character's methods, but it was most definitely motivational in its own way. Thanks.

    • Joel Lee
      February 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      There are 2 forms of motivation: positive and negative. Baldwin's performance was an example of negative motivation, while the rest of the clips are examples of positive motivation.

      Like Guest said, Baldwin is basically say, "You guys are being wimps. You're not trying hard enough, and you're giving up way too easily."

      Sometimes you need to hear tough words of reality to keep yourself into gear. Boot camp sergeants do it all the time.