1. Steve Jobs – “Stay hungry, stay foolish”

The famous speech given by Steve Jobs in 2005 at Stanford University, which contains all his wisdom related to business and life in general. 15 minutes very intense.

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

2. Simon Sinek – “Lazy and unfocused”

For those not familiar Simon Sinek is the author of the book ” Start with the why “, in my opinion one of the most enlightening books on business and success ever written.

In the motivational video that I present to you, Simon talks about the new generation, that of the millennials , calling them lazy and unfocused. It is not a destructive criticism, but rather an exhortation that I find very motivating, to have patience and to build a marvelous life step by step. You can also activate subtitles in Italian!

And so what this young generation needs to learn is patience. That something that really really matters, like love, or job fulfillment, joy, love of life, self confidence, a skill set, any of these things take time…

3. Gary Vee – “Overnight success”

One of the most powerful motivational speeches of all time, in which the entrepreneur, investor and motivational speaker Gary Vaynerchuk explains that success from day to day does not exist ! Being successful requires constant commitment, a lot of patience and lots of sacrifices.

Still in the video Gary shows that he recorded 1000 episodes of “Wine Library”, a column launched to promote the family business of selling wine and spirits, which led to invoicing over 60 million dollars a year. For the first year and a half, absolutely no one looked at his videos, but did not give up and then finally made it.

Click on the video and activate the subtitles in Italian, it’s worth it!

There’s not a person that you can name, not one, there is zero people that you can name, that had overnight success.

4. Jim Carrey – “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you”

Did not you expect to find Jim Carrey in an article about motivational talk, eh?

But in my opinion this is the most beautiful motivational speech of all, in which Jim, without putting aside his fantastic comedy, expresses a concept of incredible power …

In life we ​​can fail even if we choose to follow a path that seems safe, even when we do not take risks, so why not try instead to follow our passion and realize our dreams ?

Fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about your pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear.

So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying, I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it. And if it doesn’t happen for you right away, it’s only because the universe is so busy fulfilling my order. It’s party size! (risate)

My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive.

I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.


Let’s now move on to the best motivational speeches about sport, which we find in some of the greatest motivational films in history.

5. Every Cursed Sunday – “One Centimeter at a Time”

In this team we fight for a centimeter, in this team we slaughter ourselves and all those around us for a centimeter, we defend ourselves with the nails and teeth for a centimeter, because we know that when we go to add all those centimeters the total then will make the difference between victory and defeat, the difference between living and dying. And I want to tell you one thing: in every clash it is he who is willing to die that will earn a centimeter, and I know that if I can have a satisfying existence it will be because I am still willing to fight and die for that centimeter.

6. Invictus – “Listen to your country”

On the head. Look in my eyes. Do you hear them? Listen to your country! 7 minutes. 7 minutes. Defense defense defense! It’s our turn! This is our destiny!

7. Rocky IV – “To beat me, he must be able to kill me”

No, maybe I will not win. Perhaps the only thing I can do will be to make life difficult for him. But to beat me, he will have to kill me, and to kill me he must have the guts to stand in front of me. And to do this, he must be ready to die too. And I do not know if he’s willing to do it … I do not know.

8. Rocky Balboa – ” It’s not important how you hit, but how you make money”

See that the world is not all roses and flowers, it is really a miserable and dirty post and no matter how strong you can be, if you allow it, it puts you on your knees and leaves you with nothing for ever. Neither I nor you, no one can hit as hard as life does, so going forward is not as important as you hit, the important thing is how you can resist the blows, how you collect and if you finish the carpet you have the strength to get up … so you’re a winning! 

And if you believe you are strong, you must show that you are strong! Because a man wins only if he can resist! He does not go around pointing his finger at those who have nothing to do with it, first blaming this and then that other than it is wrong! The cowards do so and you are not! You are not at all! […] Until you trust yourself, it will not be life.


We conclude with other motivational discourses of non-sporting films, but equally intense and famous.

9. The Search for Happiness – “If you have a dream you must protect it”

Hey, never let anyone tell you that you can not do something, not even me! Ok? If you have a dream, you must protect it. When people do not know how to do something they tell you that you can not do it. If you have a dream, follow him. Point!

10. Bravehearth – “Freedom”

You have come to fight free men, and free men are: without freedom what will you do? You will fight? Of course, those who fight can die, those who flee remain alive, at least for a while … Agonizing in a bed in many years from now, be sure that you will dream to barter every day you have lived since today, to get the chance , just another chance to come back here on the field to scream at our enemies who can take our lives, but they will never take away our freedom!

11. The Great Dictator – “Look up Hannah”

Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, trust. Look up, Hannah! The clouds are thinned out: the sun begins to shine. Sooner or later we will come out of the darkness, into the light and we will live in a new world. A better world in which men will rise above their greed, their hatred, their brutality. Look up, Hannah! The human soul will find its wings, and finally it will begin to fly, to fly on the rainbow towards the light of hope, towards the future. The glorious future that belongs to you, to me, to all of us. Look up Hannah up there.

12. The Gladiator – “My name is Massimo Decimo Meridio”

My name is Massimo Decimo Meridio, commander of the northern army, general of the legions Felix, loyal servant of the only true emperor Marcus Aurelius. Father of a murdered son, husband of a murdered wife … and I will have my revenge … in this life or the other.