The Most Inspiring Videos of all Time

A Fight Against the Odds

This is the story of the Hoyt Family — a father who fought against seemingly impossible odds to compete in the Hawaii Iron Man competition (the toughest triathlon in the world) to help his son fulfil a lifelong dream. This story wouldn’t be anything special until you realize that the father was 59 at the time of the Iron Man competition, and the son is a paraplegic confined to a wheel chair.

Just imagine for a moment swimming for 2.4 miles (3.86 km), cycling for 112 miles (180.25 km) and then running for 26.2 miles (42.19 km). Now imagine doing this while carrying your paraplegic son the entire distance. A truly inspiring story.

There Are No Excuses

Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around a friend, no hands to hold the ones you love, no fingers to experience touch, no way to lift or carry things. How much more difficult would life be if you were living without arms and hands? Or what about legs? Imagine if instead of no arms, you had no legs. No ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand. Now put both of those scenarios together… no arms and no legs. What would you do? How would that affect your everyday life?

Nick Vujicic is living a life without limbs. His inspirational story shows us that no matter what our circumstances, there are simply no excuses. Here’s a link to Nick’s website.

Famous Failures

Don’t be put off achieving your goals, even if you have experienced failure in your life. This video highlights well-known people who failed over and over again, but kept pressing on until they eventually succeeded. It's not over until you give up.

A Journey of Persistence

We often quit pursuing our goals because it seems like we’re making no progress on the surface. However, if we use the bamboo tree as a metaphor for the pursuit of our goals, than this may very well transform our perspective of what’s possible.

Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

This is one of those incredibly motivating videos that uses the metaphor of coffee to teach us about how to live our lives. When I first saw this video I got chills up my spine (I still get them) the moment I realized what the metaphor was about. I won’t spoil it for you, however by sure to turn up your speakers and listen to the music — as it builds up to the climactic revelation.

Will Smith's Success Secrets

This is the first of two Will Smith videos I’ve included in this list. This video is made up of a compilation of interviews that Will Smith did over a period of years. The messages he shares in this video are full of wisdom, inspiration and passion. There are also several golden metaphors here that you can use to help live your life to the fullest.

What is the key to life?

In 2005, Will Smith was announced as the winner of the Kid’s Choice Awards. He came up on stage to accept his award and in typical Will Smith style he used a powerful metaphor of “Running and Reading” to help explain how we should all be living our lives. The message is very simple, but extremely powerful.

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