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
“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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