Top 5 Motivational Speech Videos

It’s almost too easy to find ‘motivational’ speeches on YouTube, Vimeo and other similar websites, but it’s hard to find the best videos to help get you out of whatever slump has you dragging your feet.  We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, and found the best motivational speech videos on the web.

J.K. Rowling Harvard University Commencement Speech, June 5, 2008 

“Rock bottom is the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

J.K. Rowling is best known for her creation of the now iconic Harry Potter series of books that took the world by storm in 1997. She has earned and lost her millionaire’s status simply because of the amount of money that she’s donated to charity over the years.  Her speech is about the quote above, how failure is inevitable but you can choose to rebuild yourself and your life from that failure.

Neil Gaiman University of the Arts Commencement Speech, 2012
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“Make Good Art.”

Neil Gaiman is a prolific writer who has made a name for himself in books, movies, and his iconic comic series Sandman. This commencement speech, delivered in 2012, is one of the most quoted speeches for the encouragement of artists and writers, whether they are just beginning their journey or well practiced in their craft. It comes down to one sentiment: no matter what life throws at you, use it to make good art.

John Waters Rhode Island School of Design Commencement Speech 2015

 


John Waters is known for his foul-mouthed humor and take-no-prisoners style of controversial directing, and his commencement speech at the Rhode Island School of Design this year is no exception. He encourages the new graduates to step out into the world and in his words, ‘fuck it up beautifully.’

Steve Jobs Stanford University Commencement Speech, 2005

 

Steve Jobs is known mostly for his work with Apple, and the creation of many of the iconic devices that are used daily by millions of people around the world.  His commencement speech, though now a decade old, teaches new graduates not to settle for anything.  Instead, reach for your dreams because if you try, you most likely will reach them. After all, even after being fired from the company that he started, Steve never gave up at reaching his dream of creating technological marvels.

Michelle Obama Eastern Kentucky University Commencement Speech, 2013

 

The First Lady is well known for her activism in everything from childhood health to education, but her commencement speech isn’t tied to that activism.  Instead, she encourages the new graduates, and the rest of us who watch her speech, to go out into the world with an open mind.  Lose all of your preconceptions and stereotypical ideas, and go out into the world as a fresh, blank slate.

There are a fantastic number of other motivational speeches available on the internet, many of which are centered on a specific topic, but these are the top 5 motivational speech videos currently available on the web.  If you’re looking for a little bit more inspiration, check out our motivational quotes page.

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 Top 5 Funny Birthday Videos

 

Birthdays are a great excuse to celebrate.  With so many people on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, a simple Happy Birthday just doesn’t cut it anymore. Here are a few funny Happy Birthday videos to share with your friends on the anniversary of their entry into the world.

  1. Mario Paint Happy Birthday 

Mario Paint was Nintendo’s answer to the classic MS Paint program available on the computers of the time.  This console game had a number of art programs, a mini-game in which you could swat flies (for some reason) and a musical program.  The latter allowed you to create musical masterpieces using everything from piano notes to pig noises. This video shows someone playing “Happy Birthday” with that fantastically archaic program.

Muppet Happy Birthday, Love Animal and The Swedish Chef 

You can never go wrong with a birthday wish from The Muppets, especially when that wish comes from two of the most random and ridiculous characters in the show.  The Swedish Chef and Animal star in this video, wishing you a happy birthday in their own odd gibberish.  It’s the perfect birthday wish for anyone who grew up watching The Muppet Show.

Good Idea, Bad Idea: Surprise Party! 

Do you remember The Animaniacs?  That fantastic little cartoon that centered on siblings Yacko, Wacko, and Dot brought smiles and puzzled looks to generations of children.  The “Good Idea, Bad Idea” skit was their way of playing with normal thing that happened during the day, such as birthday parties and surprises!

Lego Birthday Chorus 

Lego bricks have always been the toy of choice for creative children, but after the premier of The Lego movie, they have become increasingly popular. This chorus of singing Lego mini figures is the perfect thing for anyone who grew up building amazing worlds with every Lego brick that they could get their hands on.

Flatulent Penguins Happy Birthday

Of course, you can’t have a happy birthday wish without a good fart joke.  These adorable penguins are happy to fart you out a cacophonous happy birthday wish!  It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to just about anyone’s face.

Now, we know not everyone appreciates a good singing Lego or farting penguin birthday wish. If you’re looking for a quick non-video way to wish a happy birthday to your friends, coworkers, or family members, check out our Happy Birthday quotes.  And remember, video or not, it’s the thought that counts!

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Peter Pan

Let’s face it, for many of us, growing up can suck slightly, and it’s pretty safe to say that life as an adult is much harder than life as a child. At heart we may very well all be kids, but some people most definitely embrace it better than others. Peter pan is the globally loved and extremely well known story of the boy who never grew up and although it has been told countless times, we all have our favourite versions of this wonderful tale. Famous movie quotes, or rather, lists of some of our favourite famous movie quotes, are often comprised of numerous best Peter Pan quotes, with the main differences being the various incarnations of peter pan we find ourselves coming across. Here we’ll be taking a look at the smash-hit 2003 Peter Pan movie by taking an in-depth look at the story behind this global hit and looking at what it is that made it so incredibly popular and successful.

Peter Pan

 

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Plot summary

 

The story focuses on Wendy Darling, located in jolly old England, specifically the capital – London in a nursery. Each and every single night before going to sleep, Wendy enthrals her brothers with an epic swashbuckling tale of pirates, sword fighting, ships, open seas, and the infamous Captain Hook. One day however, the children themselves becoming the main characters of this very story, when the magical Peter Pan flies directly into their bedroom during the night. Peter takes them on a magical moonlit journey across the rooftops of jolly old London, through a never ending cosmos of magical stars, over the seas, and across the globe, possibly across the galaxy, to the open waters, sandy beaches, and lush green jungles which make up the magical kingdom of Neverland. Neverland is a magical land free from adults, governed by children who live by their own rules and do as they please. Wendy and her two brothers join forces with Peter Pan and his team of Lost Boys who live life to the fullest, doing all in their power to stop the evil captain Hook and his army of bloodthirsty and ruthless pirates.

 

Final thoughts – There are two main themes within the story of the film. Wendy and her growing attraction to Peter and her wish to free him from his adolescence and fear of growing up, and captain Hook’s own envy of Peter and Wendy’s relationship and attraction to one another. This is important because it shows Hook’s human side and his desire to be loved and fear of being alone. The story however, points out that sometimes we need to grow up and face our fears and our issues rather than hoping they’ll simply go away by themselves. Ultimately it is a film about choice and is perhaps a metaphor for life itself and how each of us chooses to deal with our own problems and personal issues.

Peter Pan (2003) favourite scene

 

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The Notebook

When we think of romantic, tear jerking, emotional, and heartfelt movies that truly inspire us and evoke a whole host of emotions within us, there are few movies more pivotal than ‘The Notebook’. The movie itself is more than a decade old, yet it remains as relevant now as ever before. To get a rough idea about just how influential and popular the movie was, and is, all you need to do is search for Nicholas Sparks quotes or best the notebook quotes online and you’ll be met with page after page of touching, motivating , inspirational, and beautiful quotes that have the power to transform lives. Here we’ll be providing a brief review of ‘The Notebook’ and will be looking at what it is that makes it so incredibly popular.

 

Plot summary

 

The basic premise behind the notebook is that the movie is about true love and soul mates. The movie begins in a nursing home in which an elderly resident named ‘Duke’ is reading a romantic story to a fellow resident, an equally elderly and frail old woman who is unfortunately suffering with senile dementia, causing her to lose her memory. Duke’s story is set back in the 1930’s, in which a wealthy and successful young woman named Allie Hamilton, is vacationing during the summer in Seabrook. Whilst there, a local worker by the name of Noah Calhoun encounters Allie whilst out at the carnival and they instantly hit it off. Before long they begin a relationship and fall deeply in love with one another. After a while, Noah takes Allie along to a house that he dreams of one day buying, restoring, and starting a family with her. Unfortunately Allie’s family do not approve and they move her away to New York. Noah however, writes her one letter a day for a year, but sadly Allie’s mother does not give her the letters.

 

Time goes by and Noah is forced to join the army during the Second World War. Allie becomes an army nurse and meets a wealthy injured soldier named Lon Hammond. The war ends, Lon once again encounters Allie, they begin dating, and he proposes. During this time, Noah has now purchased and restored the old house he always dreamed of buying, but there is one thing missing – Allie. Noah puts the house up for sale, and by chance, Allie sees a photo of Noah and the home in the local newspaper. She is now torn between Noah and Don.

 

Towards the end of the movie, we see Duke reading the story to the elderly woman in the nursing home, and he asks her who she chose. We suddenly realise that “Duke” is in fact Noah, and the old woman is Allie. Suddenly she realizes who she is and who “Duke” is and they embrace and share a wonderful moment. It turns out that the Notebook was written by Allie after she discovered her illness. In the book she wrote a message to Noah telling him to “read this to me and I’ll come back to you”. Allie unfortunately relapses and loses her memory again, causing Noah to breakdown. Noah is found unconscious the next day and is taken into hospital. He eventually returns to Allie’s room and the two sadly, yet beautifully, die peacefully together holding each other’s hands.

The Notebook’s Best Scenes

 

 

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The Key to Successful Marriages

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All marriages have a story in them. For a new couple out there, married or being engaged can present a lot of pressure. This type of pressure if not relieved can sometimes result in negative consequences  including divorce. This is one of the reason that a new couple must strive to be as knowledgeable about unions as possible. A good way to gain more wisdom about marriage is to read marriage quotes.

marriage quotes have been known to comprise lots of information that can  save a relationship. Some of the quotes about marriage describe scenarios in unions and probable manners of coping with such circumstances while avoiding conflict. There is always a means to approach a particular scenario or battle in a relationship. Learning of averting conflict such processes would therefore be a really good thing for a couple wanting long term healthy relationship.

In certain  marriages, financial conflict is one thing has proven to be critical in leading to separation and divorce. The issue with money is how it does not have a standard. You’re bound to lead a distressed life that will lead you into trouble if you have too much. if you have too little on the other hand and it corrupts who you’re as person. Having little cash may means  failure  for your partner.

Sometimes, the hidden threat to a relationship happens to be buddies and relatives. Interference can be caused by these two groups of people in a relationship leading to a breakup and mistrust. You should make sure you keep a sharp eye on them.

Disagreements as shown by research are one of the number one causes of breakups in most families. This can usually be attributed to distinct people’s difference of opinion. While it is not bad to have your own mind, it is not good to over exercise this right .

Be cordial in your words and let your partner  also express feelings and their desires. Good communication practice is essential if you want a happy marriage.

You need to have the ability to nurture your love to grow to heights that are better and greater. Do not become the inhibitors of the fulfilment of the dreams of your partner; instead strive to be the motivator.

In summary, the key to a successful marriage is to respect and love your partner, communicate effectively and never stop learning how to truly love them. Below are some marriage quotes that might help you to gain some inspiration into a successful marriage:

 

“A woman needs her partner to spend time giving her his full attention and looking directly into her eyes. When she receives this, she can easily get in touch with her feelings of love for her husband and becomes much more receptive to his needs. This is how intimacy can be fulfilling for both people…magical even!”

– Linda Wiggins, Executive Director for RelationSync

“A strong marriage is a partnership in trust. Trust your partner in everything, including purchases and financial decisions, and to bring up things with you that need a joint decision. If you can’t do that, the two of you have a problem.”

– Donald Pelles, Ph.D., CHt

“When your partner tells you something (about you) that is bothering him—reflect back what he is saying. When we “mirror”, this helps us not feel as defensive and allows us the opportunity to better understand what he is trying to communicate.”

– Anne Crowley, Ph.D

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” 
― Khalil GibranThe Prophet

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Learn How To Conceive A Boy Naturally

 

If you are a couple thinking of having a baby, perhaps you have your heart set on either a boy or girl. There is no method known that is fully guaranteed to give you a male. It certainly does not hurt to learn how to conceive a boy naturally using some of those methods. Science too can be used but many prefer the more natural approach to having a baby rather than produce one in a laboratory.

Ovulation is a key factor in predetermining the sex of a child. Boys are usually conceived more around the time of ovulation so it helps to know when your are ovulating. You can purchase a kit to help determine this. There are also learning websites and books that can teach you to recognize the signs of the body when ovulating.

The faster swimmers are the male sperm but they die off much too soon. Female sperm last longer even though they are much slower. So, with this knowledge you may want to think about the positions you use during sex. Opt for a position that allows for deeper penetration so that the male sperm do not have to swim as far and thus increasing your likelihood of having a male.

The more alkaline the vaginal environment the better the chances of male sperm surviving. You can eat foods that increase the alkaline state of the vagina such as red meats, foods high in sodium content and even drink soda. Boy sperm thrive in alkaline conditions.

Men should wear boxers to increase their sperm count and keep the testicles cooler. Tight fitting underwear decreases sperm count, thus decreasing your chances of having a male. Men should also refrain from ejaculating several days before sex to also increase their sperm count. The more sperm, the better the chances of getting a boy.

Having an orgasm for women also helps determine the sex of the child, if the female reaches orgasm before the male it also produces alkaline conditions within the vagina where male sperm survive better. The Shettles method has determined that this is a key factor in producing a male. You can read about this method in articles and books on the subject.

Then, there are old wive’s tales such as having your man drink a cup of coffee before having sex. This increases his energy and may speed up the male sperm in his body, causing them to reach the uterus even faster. It has not been proven but some believe it has helped. In any case, it does not hurt to try.

Determining the sex of your child is not guaranteed with any method out there but some of them may increase your likelihood of having a male child. No matter the gender, so long as you have a healthy, happy baby that is all that counts. The only thing you can do is relax and let nature determine what you will have. Often we are surprised no matter how much we prepare and plan ahead and this includes having a baby as well.

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