In the quest for self-improvement, you’ll often find yourself in need of some inspiration and motivation to keep going. Self-help books used to be the go-to resource for people looking to improve their lives. But with the popularity of the topic, you can tap into some great YouTube videos for quicker wisdom.
These ten YouTube channels will aid you in your self-improvement process. Make them a part of your daily inspirational plan.
Some will explain psychological concepts and some of them will motivate you to achieve more. All of them will teach you important lessons about the world. There are weeks worth of great videos here, so pick a few and start watching!
In addition to YouTube, you can also find plenty of smartphone apps that cater to your self-care.
You don’t have time to read all the top self-improvement books out there. Books like Thinking, Fast and Slow, Learned Optimism, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People find a place on every reading list. Instead, you can check out the animated reviews on this channel to get the gist in just a few minutes.
2. Big Think
Big Think gives you interesting things to think about. Watch experts like Michael Puett, Bill Nye, and Rob Bell give insights into issues that affect your life.
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Not every video here will be useful to you, but you’ll learn something new every time you watch!
Many of the videos on this channel, like One Simple Rule for Acing Life, Lifestyle Minimalism, and How to Get Shit Done are nearly an hour long, so you may want to split them up into shorter watching sections. But they’re absolutely worth going through.
The site seeks to help you master your own psychology to improve your life, so you’ll see videos on a wide variety of personal development concepts (with a dose of profanity thrown in for good measure).
You never know what you’ll get from the next School of Life video. It could be philosopher Alain de Botton on romanticism, reasons to remember death, an introduction to Jacques Derrida’s philosophy, or . . . Taylor Swift’s Legs & Climate Change.
No matter what it is, though, you can be sure it’ll be interesting and get you thinking, which is the first step to self-improvement.
With an ever-increasing supply of motivational videos, this channel always has something for you to watch if you need a boost of inspiration. If you remember Ryan’s article on how watching motivational videos every day changed his life, you might recognize a few Basquiat Picasso videos.
Yes, they can be cheesy. But they work.
Absolute Motivation lives up to its name. The selection of inspirational montages is smaller than some of the other collections out there. But there are some real gems here — I especially like Psychology of the Great.
Do yourself a favor by thinking about the message after you watch each video. If you need a quick boost of motivation in five minutes or less, this is a good place to stop.
7. Be Inspired
Just like Absolute Motivation, the title of this channel says it all. With video titles like Transforming Fear, It’s Up to You, Impossible is Nothing, and my personal favorite, Nothing Just Happens, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you’re getting here.
Do greater things. The reason behind this channel is simple enough:
I think each of us has moments in life when everything goes wrong. I just want to help people with my work, to get more easily through the difficult times.
8. TEDx Talks
We’ve discussed TED Talks quite a bit in the past — from social change to social media, they cover just about everything. Self-improvement touched by personal experiences of the speakers are a big part of the talks.
There are a lot of inspiring and motivating videos on this channel that can help you keep moving forward in your self-improvement journey. Check out Let Go, Change Your Life to get started.
Not all of the videos here qualify as self-improvement. Try Not to Laugh Challenge – Nicki Minaj immediately comes to mind. Many videos are on book summaries and travel.
But there’s a steady stream of personal-development-related stuff to keep you coming back for more. Watching No Dream Is Impossible and No Matter the Road, Enjoy the Ride are enlightening and motivating at the same time.
Eric Thomas is a motivational speaker, educator, preacher, youth activist, and entrepreneur — and his motivational videos will help you develop the mindset you need for effective self-improvement.
If you don’t mind Thomas’s faith-inspired perspective on personal development, this channel and its videos like No Net are great.
Going after self-improvement requires a lot of things. Motivation and guidance are two strong sponsors. These YouTube channels will give you a good dose of both to help you on your journey.
There’s a vast amount of great self-improvement and motivational content hidden in the depths. We’d love to hear about your favorite self-improvement YouTube channels and how they make a difference to your day.
Were these ten channels inspiring enough? What your favorites? Share channels, videos, links, and advice in the comments below!