7 Amazing Motivational Speeches

Starting a business can be difficult at times and it’s always a great pick-me-up to sit back and watch some motivational videos to give you back the inspiration to take on the world. Here are 7 of the greatest speeches delivered by CEO’s and inspirational speakers.

1. Oprah Winfrey: 2008 Stanford Commencement Address

Oprah Winfrey, global media leader and philanthropist, spoke to the Class of 2008 at Stanford’s 117th Commencement on June 15, 2008. Winfrey drew on experiences from a career that began in 1976 when she co-anchored a television newscast, and she shared three lessons about feelings, failure and finding happiness.

2. Mike Schlappi: Business Motivational & Inspirational Speaker

Keynote speaker Mike Schlappi has an inspiring message for every American, young or old: Just because you cant stand up, doesnt mean you cant stand out. As president of Mike Schlappi Communications, and confined to a wheelchair, he is spreading that word to audiences ranging from students to chief executive officers, from rookies to Olympic champions, and from small gatherings to major conventions.

3. Barack Obama: Calling all business minds

A very inspirational speech by the president of the United States. Talks passionately to students and business minds on why they should keep pursuing their dreams, they should never give up and always thrive to be their very best. Extraordinary speech by President Barack Obama.

4. Tony Robbins: What is an Extraordinary Life?

Whatever your definition is, you deserve to be fulfilled in whatever direction you take your life. The challenge is that in today’s complex world, it’s so easy to get caught in the process of achieving so much, that it’s sometimes easy to lose focus of what you really want.

5. Steve Jobs: Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

Here we see Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1985, life & death.

6. Richard Branson: On Marketing and Business

“Chance favours the prepared mind. The more you practice, the luckier you become.” – Richard Branson

7. Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.



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