11 Insanely Powerful and Motivational Videos For Your Team

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As you take your seat for another Monday morning meeting, it’s likely that you look around the room and see a lot of unexcited faces.

One thing I believe our company does better than 95% of other companies is the way our leaders motivate the employees around them. Each Monday at noon, we hold a “Sensei Session”. These company-wide meetings are a way for our CEO to give company announcements and for anyone in the company to come up and give a presentation on something they’re really passionate about.

Most of our Sensei topics involve personal development, goal setting, nutrition, or productivity hacking, and almost all of them include a motivational video clip. The impact these meetings have on the entire team is invaluable, and your company would benefit greatly from holding your own version of the “Sensei Session”.

The videos below have been used during Sensei’s, retreats, and a variety of planning sessions to help our team get in the zone and “crush it”. So I wanted to compile all our favorites into 1 post that you can use to help you and your employees feel inspired. Use them to kick off or end a meeting, or send your favorites around the office to help boost everyone’s energy.

Free bonus: Motivate your team even more by downloading our Ultimate List of 101 Empowering and Motivational Quotes For Employees. Easily save it on your computer for quick reference or print it and share with your office.

 

How Incredibly Successful People THINK

Brendon Buchard is a New York Times Best Selling Author and motivational speaker. If you haven’t read Brendon’s book The Charge, I highly recommend it. This is one of my favorite clips on his YouTube channel, which talks about the difference in mindset between a successful person and an unsuccessful person.

Favorite quotes from this video:

“Success has been figured out – it’s a mindset game.”

“Successful people say ‘I want to do that, but I don’t know how to do that’, but instead of stopping they say ‘then my job is to go learn that’. They take their current limitation and they put it on their agenda as a job to do”.

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The Puzzle of Motivation

Dan Pink’s awesome TED Talk above is something that every leader and manager on your team needs to watch. It will challenge your understanding of what motivates people, especially in the workplace.

Favorite quote from this video:

“There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.”

“That new operating system for our businesses revolves around three elements: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.”

There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does Click To Tweet

 

Why Do We Fall

Failure is inevitable in both personal and professional life. What matters isn’t IF you fail… it’s how you respond to that failure. Do you learn from your failures and move forward, or does failure become an excuse to give up entirely?

Favorite quotes from this video:

“Don’t be afraid to fail. You can’t always win, but don’t be afraid of making decisions.”

“If you are not making someone else’s life better, you’re wasting your time.”

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Greatness Within

Les Brown is one of my favorite motivational speakers and this video is a compilation of great sound bytes from him.

Favorite quotes from this video:

“A lot of people go to work everyday miserable, and all they do is just talk about is how miserable they are. But they don’t do anything about it.”

“You’ve got remind yourself that you’ve got powers within you, talents within you, that you haven’t even reached for yet.”

You've got to remind yourself that you've got powers within you Click To Tweet

 

The Happiness Advantage

One of my absolute favorite videos on what happiness truly means. I’ve watched this video at least 10 times and it’s still as impactful as the first time I watched it. Shawn is an amazing storyteller and his light-hearted humor is very engaging.

Favorite quotes from this video:

“If happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there.”

“We’re finding it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.”

“What we found is that only 25% of job successes are predicted by I.Q. 75% of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.”

If happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there Click To Tweet

 

Prove Them Wrong

If you’ve ever had someone tell you that you can’t do something, that your dreams are unrealistic, or that your goals are too high then this video will strike a chord with you. Are you and your team willing to fail over and over again to get to the next level? To be better tomorrow than you are today?

Favorite quote from this video:

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.”

Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better Click To Tweet

 

A Pep Talk From Kid President to You

If you can watch this video without cracking a smile, you might be a robot. There are a lot of good lessons and laughs in this one. Enjoy!

Favorite quotes from this video:

“Boring is easy, everybody can be boring. But you’re gooder than that.”

“It’s like that dude Journey said, don’t stop believing, unless your dream is stupid. Then you should get a better dream.”

Boring is easy, everybody can be boring Click To Tweet

 

How Bad Do You Want It?

We all claim to want success, but how much are we really willing to sacrifice to achieve it? This one is a staple for our Sales Team.

Favorite quotes from this video:

“Most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad. You just kind of want it. You don’t want it badder than you want to party, you don’t want it is as much as you want to be cool. Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep.”

“If you’re going to be successful, you’ve got to be willing to give up sleep.”

How bad do you want to be successful? Click To Tweet

 

Dream

This video has over 22 million views on YouTube, and it’s for good reason. I challenge you to watch this and not feel like you’re ready to tackle your goals or finish that project you keep pushing off.

 Favorite quote from this video:

“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, ellusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists in all of us.”

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How To Stay Focused

Another great clip from Brendon. Focus is another crucial element that successful people prioritize.

Favorite quotes from this video:

“Make fewer decisions… the more decisions that we make, the more our brain becomes fatigued.”

“You must define your mission. You need to have a mission for what you’re going to do today. What happens is that most people show up and they go ‘ok, well I guess I’ll do some stuff’, but they have no intention whatsoever so they end up doing too many things that mean nothing towards their mission.”

The more decisions we make, the more our brain becomes fatigued Click To Tweet

 

Start With Why

Simon Sinek is another amazing public speaker who will get you and your employees motivated. The video above is a shorter excerpt from Simon’s TED talk that argues that Why you do something comes before What and How you do it.

Favorite quote from this video:

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

People buy why you do something, not what you do Click To Tweet

 

Conclusion

A motivational video can be the perfect remedy to get you and your team out of an energy funk and into a golden mindset. Hopefully you found a new favorite video that you can bookmark to watch again later when you’re in need of a pick-me-up.

Know of any other great motivation videos we missed here? Let us know in the comments below.

Free bonus: Motivate your team even more by downloading our Ultimate List of 101 Empowering and Motivational Quotes For Employees. Easily save it on your computer for quick reference or print it and share with your office.

Emil Shour is the Content Manager at SnackNation. His goal? To help companies create better places to work by improving health, inspiring teams to improve together, and making the office a fun and productive environment.