Listing down the ten best/most inspirational videos is really just the beginning. I’m sure you know many many more. But I am listing these ten down to start the conversation.
These, to me are the most inspirational videos in the world. Please suggest your own in the comments below and I might come up with a second list.
10. Paul Potts, Britain’s Got Talent.
Before Susan Boyle, Paul Potts brought goosebumps to Britain’s Got Talent.
This is Simon Cowell’s and the other judges’ description of Paul: “After a horrendous first day of auditions where the one highlight was a dancing pig… a very nervous looking mobile phone salesman shuffled on to the stage. And I sighed and I thought, ‘here we go again’.”
“And then when he announced that he was going to sing opera, well, you’ll cringe inside wondering what timeless classic he was going to mangle beyond recognition.”
“Then he opened his mouth, and much to all our surprise he had the voice of an angel. I couldn’t believe it. The audience erupted in spontaneous applause, and of course I burst into tears.”
“… Now I’ve never been particularly good at admitting I’m wrong; but I am happy tonight to create history: I WAS WRONG.”
9. Team Hoyt
This is one of the greatest father-son stories ever told. And the best part is that it is true.
8. Randy Pausch Returns to Carnegie Mellon
Professor Randy Pausch made a surprise return to Carnegie Mellon University to deliver an inspirational speech to the Class of 2008 at the Commencement ceremony on May 18, 2008.
Pausch was included in TIME Magazine’s 2008 list of the world’s 100 most influential people. His book, “The Last Lecture,” co-written by Jeff Zaslow of the Wall Street Journal and based on Pausch’s now-famous talk “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” is a New York Times #1 bestseller.
7. Life Without Limbs: Nick Vujicic
Nick is one of the greatest teachers in the world right now with his Life Without Limbs foundation. He teaches us that there are far worse things in life than having no limbs, and that life without limbs is the beginning of a life without limits.
6. Holstee Manifesto
The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community.
5. Stir Your World
Write. Play. Draw. Sing. You Can Do Something to STIR yourself, your friends and your world. Using excerpts of speeches from Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela and more, this video invites us all to arise, awaken, and act TODAY. Let it never be said that I was silent when they needed me.
4. Reasons Why People Don’t Come to Church
This is a really cool video by centralchristian.com of why people do not come to Church anymore. And some more reasons why you should.
In honor of one of the Greatest Performers who ever lived. This is a video that makes a lot of sense NOW that you have heard the story behind the man. He lived in a ranch he called NEVERLAND. Even until the age of 50, he lived like a boy who never grew old. In a sense, that is because he never did.
In an interview with Oprah, he said that “It was wonderful, there’s a lot of wonderment in being famous. I mean you travel the world, you meet people, you go places, it’s great. But then there’s the other side, which I’m not complaining about. There is lots of rehearsal and you have to put in a lot of your time, give a lot of yourself.”
“I would do my schooling which was three hours with a tutor and right after that I would go to the recording studio and record, and I’d record for hours and hours until it’s time to go to sleep. And I remember going to the record studio and there was a park across the street and I’d see all the children playing and I would cry because it would make me sad that I would have to work instead.”
In a very real sense, and as this song suggests, his whole life has been about getting back that lost CHILDHOOD.
2. Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Address
Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.
1. William Wallace’s Speech in Braveheart
Of course you’ve seen this movie. I think this is the best “War” speech in the history of film. Be stirred once again. Because they might take our lives. But they will never take OUR FREEDOM!