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Five Inspirational Videos if you are Stuck in a Rut

Updated on September 5, 2010

Inspirational Motivation Videos for You

At some point in everyone's life, you will get stuck in a rut and may require some inspiration to help you see that everything is not that bad. Other reasons you may need inspiration for is that you are stuck for ideas writing your Hubpages, or that you just want perking up. This hub is a collection of videos, books etc. from some of the most inspirational people I know (not personally). They have helped me get inspired to do everything, from small steps to large changes in life. Each video features a brief description on the background of the person, and themes of the videos. Also some reasons why I find the videos inspirational.

Some videos are long, but do not let that put you off. Some are short! These are my go to videos if you are feeling down. Many have been watched several times over. Don't let things get you down. Go out and do!

Alastair Humphreys

Alastair cycled around the world for 4 years
Alastair cycled around the world for 4 years

Books By Alastair Humphreys

TOPICS - Inspiration, Doing, Pushing Yourself, Biking around the World, Jumping in Rivers.

Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer and speaker that I came across form the do lectures. He is mostly known for his epic 4 year bike trip around the world, which he has written two amazing books. His journey took him from England to South Africa, then across to South America and heading up to Alaska, across Siberia in the winter and Europe back to the UK. The story is even more amazing than it sounds. Alastair has some great concepts I love, which he talks about in this video. The theme of going through the bad times to get appreciate and earn the good times. For him this involved cycling through Siberia in the winter which he describes as "as much fun as it sounds". The other inspirational theme is "when was the last time you did something new". A great guy, and a superb video. If you like it check out his books as they are an incredible read. Moods of Future Joys is part 1, and Thunder & Sunshine is part 2 to his amazing adventure.

Video 2 - Steve Jobs - Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

TOPICS COVERED: Dreams, Getting motivated, Beating Cancer, Graduates, Students.

Not liking Apple is no reason to skip this video. Its an incredible speech on motivation, about pursing your dreams and never settling. In 2005, Steve Jobs the Apple founder was invited to do the Commencement Address at Stanford University, California. The talk is aimed at students graduating, and as mentioned is about inspiring people to pursue their dreams and never settle. Its an unbelievable speech going into Steve's battle with cancer, and his dismay at being sacked from the company he founded to only be rehired!

Whether you like Apple or not is irrelevant. Personally I was indifferent to Steve Jobs as I didn't really know anything about him, but this video blew me away, amazing guy.

Paul Deegan

Taking out Everest's trash
Taking out Everest's trash

TOPICS COVERED: What if I fail?, Passion, Enthusiasm, Speaking your mind.

This is another Do Lecture classic. Paul Deegan is an amazing guy, who at a young age managed to organise a clean up of Mount Everest. He led a team of 47 to clean up 35 years of rubbish left at Everest Base Camp at aged 17. All while being a Saturday boy at a camping shop. He now writes for newspapers and magazines, and leading treks.

The video is quite slow to start with, but picks up and is superb inspiration for the everyday quiet man or woman. I like his idea of banning the words "Why Don't We" in meetings. You are shooting down your idea before doing it. Such a small but important point in the way you put across your views. Paul Deegan's speech is a great talk for anyone who is afraid to speak your mind.

Video 4 - Jamie Oliver TED Talk

TOPICS - Better society, School dinners, Fast food,

Someone a bit more famous in the general world, however this talk is quite unknown. Most people know Jamie Oliver's School Dinners. It was a program in the UK about how school dinners have become high fat, fast food everyday. This TED talk is about similar themes in the USA, where arguably the situation is far worse.

Jamie is trying to change the society, and make people think about what they are allowing schools to feed their kids. Some of the videos he shows about kids knowledge of food is quite shocking. however there is real "food for change" to try and make things better for all of us by changing society to more wholesome real food, not processed crap. His ideas are so simple, and this video really inspires you for change.

Video 5 - Randy Pausch Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

TOPICS - Childhood dreams, Brick Walls, Inpsiring Others, Achieving Personal Goals, Motivating Yourself.

Randy Pausch was a lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2007 he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the end of ever school year at CMU the teachers gave what they call "The Last Lecture" designed to give students a send off to coming years or out of school. For Randy, this was to be his Last Lecture. In "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talks about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

Its a long video, but trust me it is worth every minute. Randy goes into so many great themes, from brick walls to inspiring students to do more, to making real change. Its one of the most amazing and inspirational videos you will ever see.

”We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” Randy Pausch

R.I.P. Randy Pausch

Summary & More Reading / Videos

I hope after watching these videos you feel more motivated and capable in whatever you are wanting to do. After watchign these videos I bookmarked them and have watch many several times over as they are just so good. I hoope these have helped you in some way to. What inspirational or motivational videos / books have you seen that you love and find yourself going back to?


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