Best Motivational Videos | Motivational Speeches


Here are some of the best motivational videos that I have found online – and can be watched completely for free. I decided to divide this article into motivational speeches that include some really stunning speeches and interviews by extraordinary successful people, such as Steve Jobs or Will Smith and motivational videos about someone’s life that include some really motivating and inspiring personal histories.

I. Best Motivational Speeches and Interviews:

1. Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech – Motivational Speech

Jobs’ amazing speech about three stories in his life, named “connecting the dots”, “love and loss” and “death”.

The essence of Steve Jobs’ Speech:

You have to follow your heart, even if it leads you off of the predetermined or proposed path. Jobs says that the only way you can do really great work is when you do what you love.

“Sometimes life is going to hit you with a brick – don’t lose faith”
Steve Jobs

Jobs also says that remembering the fact that he will die one day helps him to make the really important choices in life, as all external expectations and fears fall away in the face of death. There is nothing you have to lose.


2. Will Smith – Motivational Interviews

Will Smith in a collection of motivational interviews where he shares some of his wisdom on life

The essence of the Interviews:

  • Greatness exists in all of us
  • There is no shortcut to success – Whereas our talents are given, we can only develop our skills by hard work.
  • Lay one brick at a time – Smith’s dad told Will and his brother once to build up a wall, something the two brothers considered to be impossible. However, after laying down one brick after another they finally succeeded and their father told them “Don’t you ever tell me that something is not possible”.
  • Focus on making a difference – Do something good in your life; try to make the world a better place. Give your life a meaning by making someone else’s life better.
  • Represent an idea
  • You have to believe – Smith says that there is no reason to have a plan B, as it only distracts from plan A. One quality that all successful people have to have is the belief in themselves, that nothing is unrealistic.
  • Our thoughts are physical – Your feelings, dreams, ideas and thoughts can become true if you can picture it you can make it possible. By making a choice you have the power to decide who you are going to be.


3. Zig Ziglar – Attitude Makes all the Difference

The video shows one of Zig Ziglar’s speeches that is truly motivational and very insightful.

The essence of the motivation video:

Ziglar tells the story of a negative-minded and angry woman, who started to change her attitude and turned her life into a more positive one.


4. Sean Walker – The Truth (Motivational Speech)

Sean Walker’s fantastic motivational speech about what it takes to be successful in life, by describing it with a great story/metaphor.

The essence of Sean Walker’s speech:

If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe after being under water for more than a minute then you’ll be successful in life. You will not care about a TV-show, a basketball game or anything else, as the only thing that is in your mind is to catch some fresh air ( a metaphor for being successful).


5. Tony Robbins – Why we do what we do

In this motivational video, Tony Robbins discusses the “internal force of internal drive” that motivates every one of our actions.

The essence of the motivational speech:

Successful people are able to consistently move themselves to action by their understanding of the “invisible forces” that shape them. The defining factor for failure or success is never resources, such as not having enough money, but resourcefulness.


6. Mary Foley – Motivational Interview

Mary Foley tells in an amazing interview the story of her life, how she managed to retire at age 33 and the ups and downs of her life.

The essence of the motivational interview:

Have the courage to take chances to enable your success in your professional and personal life.

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7. Follow Your Dreams – Business Motivational Video

In this video, Padraig Hyland spins Baz Luhrmann’s classic record “Everybody’s Free” into a business motivational video.

The essence of the Video:

  • Don’t worry about the future
  • The real failures in life are those that you never attempted
  • Help others
  • Don’t waste time on judgment
  • Remember the rewards you have received
  • Forget the ones you missed
  • Trust on your dreams

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6. James Arthur Ray – Live


II. Motivational life stories – videos

1. Nick Vujicic – No Arms No Legs No Worries

Nick Vujicic is a man who as no arms and legs, but the way he deals with his condition is truly stunning.

The essence of the motivational video:

There are times in our life where we look at our lives and tell ourselves that we cannot do this and that we cannot do that. We concentrate throughout our whole live on the things we wish we had and we sort of forget the wonderful things we do have in life. The key principle of life is to be thankful!


2. Phillipe Croizon swims the English Channel

The following is a very motivational video about Phillip Croizon who swam the English Channel within 13 hours. What makes this video so memorable is the fact that Phillipe became the first quadruple amputee ever to swim the English Channel.

The essence of the motivation video:

Phillipe Croizon is a great example that you can achieve everything in life if you really want it.


Speeches that will motivate and inspire you

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3. Motivational Video about Failure

The following video presents some of the failures, setbacks and encouraging moments of an unknown person, only to reveal that every one of them became extraordinarily successful in life, afterward.

The essence of the video:

“If you never failed, you never lived”


4. Navy SEAL David Goggins trains in desert

David Goggins gets up usually at 3 o’clock in the morning and runs approximately 15 miles and drives the remaining 10 miles by bicycle to work.

The essence of David’s motivational story:

The initiative and discipline David Goggins shows is truly amazing. You can also be successful by adopting this dedication to every project in your life you truly want to succeed at.

“The only easy day was yesterday…”
David Goggins

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The Secret to You

Finally, a video that didn’t fit into both categories above, however, it is very motivating and inspiring. Enjoy!


Feel free to leave a comment and suggest one of your favorite motivational videos and I will be including it on this site.

Photo by Dr. Rawhead

What are your most favorite motivational videos? And do you have that one particular motivational speech that you watch over and over again?


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    • I’m stumped on this one. Maybe the search query “download videos from youtube” will show you some methods to download the videos (as most of them are not uploaded to my site, but to YouTube!).

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    Great collection of motivational videos. Zig Ziglar is the man … that is a powerful one.

    Also see the inspirational videos here, particularly the first one on The 9 Timeless Secrets of Being Happy.

    Thanks for the morning motivation! 🙂

  2. I love your site 🙂 It was so relieving and inspiring, together with that is my self confidence to become a better individual has increased. I’ve been such a negative thinker ever since. But now, I realized a lot about myself– a drive to have some change, motivation and to love the life that I had. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog. <3

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    Video speaks reality, Let’s face it, we don’t feel like doing what we have to do. Heck, you might even find it hard to do what you want to do if there’s the right amount of.

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