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The Most Inspirational YouTube Videos Ever!

by Kristofor Lawson on August 13, 2008

Today there is a great post by Leo Babauta on his blog Zen Habits. Leo lists his Top 5 Most Inspirational YouTube videos. These type of inspirational stories are exactly why I started Enspri. We need more inspiration and great news in our lives.

Leo’s list is great and so I have re-compiled the list together with my own to hopefully give you some great inspiration for whenever you feel like you need something to pick you up.

1. Free Hugs – Music by Sick Puppies

Free Hugs must be one of the most inspirational videos you will ever see. The concept of just giving someone a hug is so simple yet we hardly give it a thought in our lives. The video has now been seen by over 29 million people worldwide!

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2. Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

I have previously posted about Randy Pausch, however I think he is one of the most inspirational lecturers around. Set yourself some time and watch this video! You will get heaps out of it.

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3. Will Smith – Running & Reading (The Key to Life)

This is a great snippet of some advice from Will Smith. Will Smith lists the key to life as Running and Reading. It is amazing to get such grounded advice from someone in Hollywood. Will Smith is a great inspiration. Check it out!

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4. Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs is someone who I think is very inspirational. I posted about him and his struggle with cancer as one of my first posts here on Enspri. This is a speech he gave at Stanford in 2005. It is one of the best bits of advice you might receive.

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5. One Red Paper Clip

Check out this amazing video. Kyle MacDonald traded a red paper clip up to a house in 14 trades. It is a great video that shows how small ideas can grow into big ideas really easily. You just have to believe in what you have.

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6. Christian the Lion

Many people love the video I posted a while ago about Christian the Lion. The lion who was raised by two Australian guys then released into the wild. After a year they return. Check out what happens next.

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7. Dick & Rick Hoyt

These guys are amazing. Dick Hoyt races with his son Rick in many events especially the Iron-man Triathlon. Rick has severe disabilities. It is a true story of love and inspiration from a father. Check this out! (I will do an in depth post specifically on this story at a later date)

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8. South Africa’s ‘Bladerunner’

Oscar Pistorius is an amazing paralympic runner who is trying to race against able bodied athletes. He was banned from racing against able bodied athletes because he was deemed to be at an advantage because of his prosthetics. Talk about discrimination! The ruling was then luckily overturned! Oscar unfortunately did not qualify for Beijing but look out for London in 2012.

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9. Paul Potts Britain’s Got Talent

This is the story of Paul Potts the mobile phone salesperson who won Britain’s Got Talent with his Opera Singing. I think its a great story, and really inspirational!

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10. Nick Vujicic’s Life Without Limbs

I have posted on Nick before, but his story is truly inspirational. Born without limbs, this guy has more enthusiasm for life than most of us do. Watch the video below.

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11. Famous Failures

Many of the most successful people in the world have failed, or been called a failure. This video lists a few of them. True inspiration with the message that no matter what people say, you can always do great things!

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All of the above videos show what people can do with a little bit of hope, and belief in themselves.

Send this page to your friends, or submit it to Digg and help inspire others. Lets share the inspiration.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jayden September 3, 2008 at 11:24 am

Awesome post! Loved the Will Smith entry. I reckon the Igniter videos rock…. eg:

2 Kristofor Lawson September 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Thanks! Yeah the Will Smith video is one of my favorites. The igniter vids are brilliant for sure.

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