There are many inspirational videos on YouTube and other sites on the Internet. We posted a few on our home page that we hope you've seen. Many movies have positive messages as well.

Successful people are usually very willing to share what they've learned with young people (see Step 13 - 15 in the HS guidebook, Step 13/14 and 17/18 in the College version). By talking with people in your career of interest, you'll find that EVERY successful person has experienced profound adversity at some point in their life.

Below are a few videos we found to be fun to watch and on point to different messages that will be relevant now or in your future.
Schedule a call Some, like Barney Stinson, are a little tongue-in-cheek humor while others have important take-aways based on many years of experience by many people. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. which video is your favorite.

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If You've Never Failed, You've Never Lived 

An engaging classic video short that makes a critically important point for students.

Barney Stinson on Success

Source: "How I Met Your Mother"; Season 4, Episode 14 - The Possimpable Description: The Legen - wait for it... Dary! Video CV of Barney Stinson (Aka: Neil Patrick Harris). Directed by Michael Bay.

Jullien Gordon speaks at TEDx on How to Graduate with a Job You Love and Less Debt

The former, linear model of success is obsolete. Students are not getting the return on education investments that they did just 1 decade ago. Jullien Gordon helps this new generation realize their full potential by identifying four types of capital that blend work in harmony. The need for balance between book smarts and street smarts is more crucial than ever. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Daniel Seddiqui: 50 Jobs in 50 States

CEO and Founder of Living the Map "Semester of Careers" and author of upcoming book "50 Jobs in 50 States," Daniel Seddiqui confronted head-on the recent economical challenges and embarked on the journey of his life. Living The Map is the story of a man helping Americans understand each other and making us aware of opportunities that exist in the United States.

Surf Instructor, Rodeo Announcer, Model, and Marine Biologist? How does one young graduate from a top university go from having no job to having 50 different jobs, in 50 states - all in 50 weeks?

Success is Not Related to Education by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey discusses financial management responsibility and student loans.

Jon Van Achen, What Will You Do With Your Future? - In December 2009, Jon Van Achen spoke before a large group of global business professionals and entrepreneurs. His topic was, How to Create Your Best Year Ever. On that day, he ended by sharing a video to summarize the highlights of what had been taught. His hope is that this video encourages you as well. Share this video with anyone you know who needs a bit of encouragement and inspiration in these challenging times! It might make a difference in their day . . . and maybe, just maybe . . . their whole year.  

What Do People Live For? DECIDE to Act!

 We all must make a decision to act when pursuing our dreams.  

Jason McElway: Special Gifts of Inspiring Others

Jason Mcelwain is an autistic basketball player. He has an incredible passion for basketball, but hindered by his autism, Jason becomes team manager of the varsity team. Before the final home game of his senior year, the coach lets Jason know he will hopefully put him in. So all of his family and most of the school attends the game. With 4 minutes to go it happens. The coach calls out Jason to sub in. Jason ends up making an incredible six 3-pointers and one 2-pointer much to the delight of the whole gym - especially his coach. He finishes with 20 points. After the final buzzer, Jason is carried off on his school-mates shoulders. 

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Steve Jobs: Stanford Commencement Speech 2005: The Reality of Success in Life

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks-- including death itself-- at Stanford University's 114th Commencement on Sunday in Stanford Stadium. Stanford University:  

Al Pacino Inspirational Speech

AL Pacino gives a speech to his team in Any Given Sunday before their last game 

Inspirational Speech: Rocky Balboa (2006)

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you! You're better than that!  

Just Do It


Why you will fail to have a great career

Throughout his three-decade career at the University of Waterloo, Larry Smith has inspired legions of students to take up the mantle of economics with his passionate and homespun tales of economic wizardry. A renowned story-teller, teacher and youth leadership champion, Larry has also coached and mentored countless numbers of students on start-up business management and career development strategies.

Having taught introductory microeconomics, macroeconomics and entrepreneurship classes, he recently celebrated assigning his 29,000th grade earlier this year.

Recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Larry has also coached several of his former students to help them position and develop their businesses, the most famous of which is Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the revolutionary BlackBerry wireless mobile smartphone. Larry also sits on the advisory panels of start-ups to provide his guidance on financing and negotiation with investors and venture capitalists.


Jack Canfield: Choosing a Career 


8 to Be Great, Richard St. John 


A Pep Talk from Kid President to You by soulpancake 


TED Talk on Body Language, Testosterone, and Fake it Till You Are It, by Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are


What If Money Were No Object? Presented by TragedyandHope  


Create the Future You Imagine by EOAlchemy


[Humor] The Origin of Job Interviews - BBC: The Armstrong and Miller Show


[LinkedIn on Career Pursuit] If You Can Dream It You Can Accomplish It