5 Inspirational Videos You Should Watch to Start Your Day

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5 Inspirational Videos You Should Watch to Start Your Day

How you wake up in the morning can set the tone for the rest of your day. If you wake up grouchy, unmotivated or upset, everything may not go so good, and that can stretch out into a painstaking day. If you feel like everything is stacked against you, look to these motivational speakers to give you a boost.

1) Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable – Luvvie Ajayi


Writer, activist and self-proclaimed troublemaker Luvvie Ajayi speaks her mind despite fear of potential consequences. In her Ted Talk “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable” she encourges others to do the same. Listening to her talk will help motivate you to take on that challenging project at the work, sign up for that dance class you were afraid to set foot in or say what your thinking out loud. She encourages everyone to “speak truth to power” and be the domino that sets other dominoes into motion. Oftentimes, it can be difficult to put our thoughts or feelings out there. This can be because of fear of backlash, judgment or consequences. But when we do speak up, it can make a difference for the better. Watch Ajayi’s talk to see how speaking up can change life for the better.

2) 2016 Harvard Graduation Spoken Word Speech – Donovan Livingston

Former Harvard Graduate Student Donovan Livingston gave a speech in the form of a spoken word piece. It was a speech that he was prohibited from giving back at his high school graduation. With this second chance, he killed it by giving words of encouragement and motivation to his fellow students with strong delivery and confidence. He describes himself as the “strange fruit” that has been singled out. But, he did not let that stop him from making his voice heard. Livingston also encourages educators to take the time to bring out the best in their students and allow them to express themselves. This motivational speech will remind you to rise up and remember where you came from and why you can achieve anything.

3) Who Do You Want to Be? – Will Smith, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Jim Rohn and Earl Nightingale


In this motivational video, you hear from different influencers who talk about their stories, struggles and life lessons learned along the way. Actor, and everyone’s favorite motivator, Will Smith talks about his personal journey and his determination to follow his passion despite hardship. Author and Life Coach Tony Robbins spoke on how he made a decision to follow his passion and took control of his life. He also emphasized how clarity can get you closer to who you want to be.

We also hear from former Politician, TV Host and Motivational Speaker Les Brown. He highlights how unfortunately common it is for us to hold back our ideas and dreams and how we have to be able to live life on our own terms. Brown then echoes the sentiment birds of a feather flock together. Entrepreneur and Author Jim Rohn said that change within yourself for the better is necessary in order to change your circumstances. They do say the definition of insanity is to do the same thing and expect different results, so it makes sense. Author and Radio Speaker Earl Nightingale asserted that it’s important to know where you’re going in life. All these life lessons packed into the video can help re-center your mindset and strive for better.

4) Secrets to Success, How Bad Do you Want it? – Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas’ no nonsense approach mixed with hints of humor make you want to get off your butt and go after what you want. The author and minister says that having heart and making sacrifices by putting aside distractions like your cell phone will get you to where you want to go. He talks about the commonality among successful people such as Emmitt Smith and 50 Cent, which is hunger for success. Thomas reiterates that the pain and setbacks you will experience on your journey are temporary and will lead to success. He also gives a powerful reminder that people of past generations such as enslaved Africans and Civil Rights activist didn’t quit in the harshest of conditions, so why should we. His fiery passion will definitely wake you up.

5) And Still I Rise – Maya Angelou

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Here the late, legendary Writer, Actress and Activist Maya Angelou recites one of her most famous poems “Still I Rise”. She confidently speaks of her rising despite being brought down by hate. Angelou acknowledges haters and questions why they are so mad at her confidence in a lighthearted manner. She asserts her confidence and it inspires the viewer to be confident as well. This video serves as a good inspirational tool to remind the audience that there may be painful trials ahead, but you’ll still be able to live through it and bounce back.

Any one of these videos will boost your resiliance whether you are looking for love, a job or a place to lay your head at night. The path to success is hunger for success, resilience and clarifying your goals, and these influencers remind you of this through their passioned arguments and speeches. The next time you wake up in a slump, you can come back to these motivational tools and reenergize your mind and spirit.

Miya Jones

Miya Jones

Miya Jones is a Long Island native and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shades of Long Island. She's been a journalist since the age of 17 and is a diversity advocate. Follow Miya on Instagram and Twitter: @miyajones1996 and on Facebook as Miya Jones.

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