The Most Inspirational YouTube Videos Ever!

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!

2. Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

8. Look Up

This is a great reminder about balance in a connected world. Don’t forget to look up!

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!

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.

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!

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 share it on social media and help inspire others. Lets share the inspiration.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story included a video about ‘bladerunner’ Oscar Pistorius – I’ve removed this due to recent events.

10 years of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra… The health benefits are amazing

When I was younger I was always told to eat my greens. However it seems that members of Vienna’s Vegetable Orchestra may have missed that vital message.

If you did not pick up by the name, the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra is an orchestra which plays on instruments made from vegetables. They have it all from the pepper trumpet, to the leek violin, to the cucumberphone.

They also claim to not be limited by musical style, and in fact one of the members has been quoted as saying their style was – ‘electronic organic music’.

Each show they perform apparently requires 70 kg of fresh organic produce. They then carve out the instruments for each concert. Thats quite an effort!

Anyway, this year is their 10th birthday. I wonder if they have spun out a great rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ yet.

Check out the video! It’s pretty amazing if you ask me!

Photo credit, Nickwheeleroz

The Piano – A Brilliant Short Animation

One of the most interesting things about technology is the ability to create life and emotion using a computer. 3d animation has always interested me and every so often I will post an animation which I think is brilliant in every way. Maybe you can find some inspiration from this great animation.