I never regret taking the time to step away and remind myself where I fit into the world. I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I do. - Melissa B.
1. "What is it that holds capable, driven people from getting to the next level?"
This video by Greg McKeown earns my top spot because this year I'm actively practicing "the disciplined pursuit of less" for myself. As entrepreneurs, we wear a lot of hats and pride ourselves on being multi-disciplined, do-ers. Being busy makes us feel productive but can actually rob us of the critical time it takes to purposefully design our day and grow our business in a meaningful way.
- Greg McKeown, Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
2. "You can fail at something you don't even like - so you may as well try doing something you love."
I have never accredited Jim Carey to be someone who is inspirational, maybe that's why I like this video so much. Even he admits, "you didn't think I could be serious did you?! ... I can't be contained! I am the container!"
- Jim Carey, Commencement Speech, Maharishi University of Management
3. "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it."
No top list of videos would be complete without Start With Why and it's still my hands-down favorite and the only video I've watched more than Dirty Dancing. As a marketing consultant, I'm confronted with "what" messaging over and over again. We all want to start with what, forgetting that what drives us is why. I have personally seen brands transformed by adopting this strategy - if you only have time to watch one video today, pick this one.
- Simon Sinek, Start With Why
4. "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"
This talk holds a special place in my heart because "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg was one of the first business books I ever read. And, the answer to the question "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" for me, was my business, MEL BAR MAR. This video, which so poignantly discusses why more women aren't in leadership positions is a must-see for men too.
- Sheryl Sandberg, Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
5. “I have to change myself to get there...I have to consciously design my life… Something new has to come from me."
This is a great talk that levels the playing field for the rest of us. If you have an idea in your mind about what a successful person looks like, Brendon points out that when you look across time at the various people who were successful, there is no one single trait, type of background, economic stature, etc. that enabled them to become successful over others. Instead, he puts the finger back at you to say, if you're lacking something, go get it. If you don't know something, go learn it. I love this - because if its on me, I feel much more confident I can achieve it vs. waiting on something to happen to me.
- Brendon Burchard, How Incredibly Successful People Think
6. "Look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'What do I want to do every single day for the rest of my life?' - do that."
If you're looking for some tough love, Gary V's blunt style will leave you feeling a little anxious but super inspired. There are endless sound bites in this video to grab onto: "Stop crying and start hustling." ... "Legacy is greater than currency." ... "We only get to play this game one time, one life."
- Gary Vaynerchuck, Building Brand Equity on Social Media
7. "When we really see each other, we want to help each other."
Similar to this speaker's music, her talk may not be for everyone either. But, I couldn't resist keeping it off my top 10 list. This video has a lot of very deep messages, but as it relates to business (the focus of this blog), its about creating a solution to meet a deep need that no one else is addressing. Only when we ask the right questions, can we provide the right answer. This reminds me that being deeply connected and in touch with your audience / users / customers / clients is the most powerful way to grow your business.
- Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking
8. "Passion will help you create the highest expression of your talent."
Larry Smith is awkwardly entertaining, but so on point in his video, "Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career." We've been taught that happiness comes from hard work. But, if you're working hard on the wrong thing you will be most certainly be miserable. His example about how we use our children "as a shield" from pursuing our dreams hit equally at home for me... "I had a dream once too, kid, but then you were born... You could have said "Go for it kid, just like I did."
- Larry Smith, Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career
9. "Some people feel the rain, others just get wet."
Ok, maybe The King of Reggae isn't what you expected to come across on this list, but when it comes to words that will make you think - and think bigger, and beyond yourself, it doesn't get any better. After all, "don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold."
- Bob Marley, Chief Visionary Officer
10. Don't listen to this video, just watch.
If you ever start wondering if you're smart enough, confident enough, or strategic enough, just watch this video. This 12-year old kid, oh - and app developer, owns the Ted stage in front of a huge crowd amidst a line-up of the world's leading thinkers and doers giving the talk of their lives. The courage and charisma of this kid is enough to inspire anyone.
- Thomas Suarez, 12-Year-Old App Developer
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