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The art of asking, by Amanda Palmer

the art of askingAmanda Palmer is a popular American singer-songwriter. In her book The Art of Asking she shares some of her life experiences and lessons learned. Amanda became popular after raising nearly $1.2 million via Kickstarter in one of the most successful comparable crowdfunding campaigns. Her story is inspirational because for her, success, fame and social recognition came only after years of being a street performer and acting for tiny audiences in hidden bars. Read more ⇉

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Inspirational Messages from Will Smith

In this approximately 10 minute video, celebrated Hollywood actor Will Smith shares his perspectives on how each one of us should think and live. The video is a compilation of motivational statements he has made in various interviews after the success of his movie – The pursuit for Happiness. Smith begins with the idea of how greatness is an innate quality that resides in each one of us, and it is unveiled only by believing in oneself, and by focusing strongly on the goal by attacking one’s own fears. Believing in oneself, he explains, makes a positive difference in the world that ought to be an inspiration for the others. Smith explains how one should stop letting circumstances govern one’s thoughts, and that one must aim to in an unrealistically passionate manner to achieve one’s goal. He states that there are no shortcuts for success, and that the key to success lies in ‘laying one brick at a time and, doing it with absolute perfection’.

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Commencement Address at Pepperdine University, by Elizabeth Holmes

In this 18 minute video Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos – a blood test company – and one of the world’s youngest self made female billionaires, delivers a commendable commencement address to the Seaver College graduates who graduated on May 2015 from Pepperdine University at the Malibu campus. Holmes begins by quoting Nelson Mandela’s excerpt on how greatness and success is hidden within each one of us. She shares her own failures and how they taught her that rejections and failures are not omens, but the propelling factors that lead one to success only when the determination to pursue one’s goal supersedes the urge to give up. As per Holmes, setbacks are merely inflection points that allow one to comprehend how far one has come and, how the verve to realize one’s dream unleashes the unquenched passion to succeed. She calls this verve ‘the calling’.

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Discovering Your Purpose, by Steven Spielberg

In this 12 minute video, the iconic Steven Spielberg makes a very inspiring speech on following one’s dreams. His speech includes one of the major game changers in his destiny that led him to become one of the most phenomenal film makers of all times.
He begins by sharing a small incident from his childhood wherein, his father took him for one of the famous motion pictures, The Greatest show on earth by Cecil B. DeMille. A movie sequence in the film depicting a collision of a car with a moving train was etched in Spielberg’s memory. In later years, this memory propelled him towards creating a recording using a camera in which he recorded the crashing of two toy trains just to reprise the memory. He points out that this incident was his epiphany when a riveting memory and a camera together revealed what he truly intended to become.
He also explains how the dreams that lead you to your purpose in life are silent whisperers and, are hard to hear. Which is why, trusting one’s intuition is an extremely crucial step towards fulfilling one’s dream.

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Listening To Midlife, by Mark Gerzon

“We yearn to live our unlived lives.”

Listening to midlife

Listening To Midlife, by Mark Gerzon

“Midlife crisis” is a topic of relevance for most of us, at some point in our lives. For some, it comes in the mid-thirties, while for others it may come in the forties, or even fifties. In Listening to Midlife, Mark Gerzon does an outstanding job of describing this important transformational period that most people in modern society go through.

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Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman

Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman

Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman

Optimism is an important facet of good leadership and personal development. In Learned Optimism, father of positive psychology Martin Seligman explains what differentiates optimists from pessimists. The differences, he implies, lie in the manner the two groups perceive and analyze incidents and their environment with respect to themselves. Read more ⇉

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The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

If you had only a few days/months to live, how would you choose to lead your life? Randy Pausch, Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, was participating in a long-standing academic tradition of “last lecture”, but in his case, the concept of “last lecture” ended up being quite literal as 46-year-old Pausch had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told he had only months to live.

In this talk on the Oprah Winfrey Shown in September, 2007, Pausch chooses not to talk about death or his struggles, but share his mantra for life. Using various anecdotes from his personal life, Randy elaborates upon the tenets and principles he had developed and followed over the years. He inspires us to seize the moment and pursue our childhood dreams. He explains how obstacles are not meant to “keep us away from our goals” but to make us realize how much they really mean to us. He dares us to value people and relationships over material possessions, as those are the things that really matter. He stresses upon the importance of integrity in living a good life and explains that if we live our life with honesty and positivity, our dreams will come to us.

In his poignant 10 –minute talk, Randy lists 10 of his cherished childhood dreams and what he did across his lifespan to fulfill them. While he was addressing a large audience, he wrote the speech specifically for his three children, who he hopes will watch it when they grow up. Randy died on July 25, 2008 but he left behind a legacy of inspiration and positivity for all of us to learn from.

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Focus On What Really Matters, by Anu Aga

Anu Aga, Indian business woman and social worker, delivers a strong and brutally honest message when she openly talks about her weaknesses as a human being and how the sudden deaths of her husband and son within the same year brought her closer to herself and the things that truly matter to her.

Aga observes how, in most of our interactions with people, we “play games” to uphold our pride and posture ourselves as superior to the other. While this may give us momentary pleasure, it affects our relationships and draws us away from friends and relations. Vipassana – a Buddhist method of meditation – taught Aga that she had no control over the external world or her destiny, but she could control the way she responds to situations and people around her. Armed with this renewed and positive outlook, Aga was able to turn around her failing family business and enrich her relationships.

This 13-minute speech delves upon life’s profound truths and inspires us to grow as a person, while being honest to ourselves.

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Be True To Yourself, by Ellen DeGeneres

What really defines success? Most of us would equate this word with name, fame and money but is that all there is to it? In her 2009 commencement speech at Tulane University, popular American comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres talks about how coming out as gay ruined her career but left her a happier and more liberated person.

Ellen narrates how losing her girlfriend to a tragic car accident at 19 allowed her to find her calling in stand-up. She earned herself money and fame, but she always lived in fear because she had a “secret to hide” – a secret that could prove devastating for her career and status as a celebrity. Ellen, however, found the courage to be true to herself and not give in to societal pressure. At the helm of her career, she came out about her sexuality, her career plummeted, but she emerged a happier, freer and stronger person.

Watch Ellen’s 10-minutes long humorous and heart-felt commencement speech (Video portion from t = 1.42 to t=11.17), where she inspires young people to live life with integrity and be true to who they are rather than pretend to be what society expects them to be.

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Have You Found Your “Element”? By Sir Ken Robinson

The Element by Sir Ken Robinson

The Element by Sir Ken Robinson

“(…) if we can each find our Element, we all have the potential for much higher achievement and fulfillment.”

Do I love what I do? Does my work help fulfill my true desires and my deep personal needs? Am I able to find the space to address my true passions? These are deep questions many of us raise to ourselves when we find some time for reflection and look at ourselves in the mirror. In attempting to answer them, it is not uncommon for other, deeper and more complex to answer questions to appear: What is my real passion? Do I have one? If I had infinite freedom to choose exactly what I want to do, what is it that I would choose? Read more ⇉

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