“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your own wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver

Life is short. There are no do-overs, And there will never be enough time to do, say, or experience all the things you want to do, see, feel.

So what will you choose: a life glass half-empty (or full)?  Fear. . .or love?  You know the answer — the stirring inside your chest says it all.

Of course, the path isn’t always easy. You’ll hit setbacks, and devastations even. But why waste another minute, hour, week, or year saying “tomorrow I’ll start” or “someday I want to. ..”? It’s time to take control of your life and goals today.

And remember — inspiration from other trailblazers is always just a click away. Here are 7 YouTube videos I recommend to help ground and inspire you to create a life you love. Watch whatever calls to you!

“Everybody Dies But Not Everybody Lives” by Prince Ea

“Struggle and criticism are prerequisites for greatness; that is the law of this universe and no one escapes it. Because pain is life, but you can choose what type: either the pain on the road to success or the pain of being haunted by regret.”

Prince Ea

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“Be Curious” by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Just for now, just take the word ‘passion’ off the table. . . instead of that anxiety, that urgency, and that panic of chasing a passion you’re not even feeling, instead, do something  that’s a lot easier and simpler: just follow your curiosity.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

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“Celebrities Speak Out On Fame & Materialism” from Think for Yourself

“I started to say ‘no.’ No, I don’t want to do that.  I’m not taking that picture. Not going to that event. I’m not standing by that, because that’s not what I stand for. And then slowly but surely I started to remember who I am. And then you go home and look in the mirror and you’re like ‘yes, I can go to bed with you every night — because that person, I know that person. That person has balls, that person has integrity, that person has an opinion.'” 

Lady Gaga

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“Get Back Up – Motivational Video 2017” by Your World Within

“What if I told you that the difficult times weren’t just manageable, they were what you needed. Those moments when you felt helpless were a bridge to something better, a demonstration of just how capable you are and how strong you can be.”

Eddie Pinero, founder of The World Within YouTube channel & blog

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“There are No Failures, There are No Wrong Paths – Oprah Winfrey” from Rainier Jaeg

“When you’re in your little mind, your lil’ personality mind. . .  you get all flustered, you get stressed all the time, wanting something to be what it isn’t. There’s a supreme moment of destiny calling on your  life.  Your job is to feel that, to hear that, to know that.  And sometimes when you’re not listening, you get taken off track. You get in the wrong relationship, the wrong marriage, you take the wrong job, yeah, but it’s all leading to the same path. There are no wrong paths.”


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“The Meaning – Jim Carrey” from the Absolute Motivation

“That piece that we’re after lies somewhere beyond personality. Beyond the perception of others, beyond invention and disguise, even beyond effort itself. . . . . .to find real peace you have to let the armor go.” 

Jim Carrey

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“Christopher Gardner’s Inspiration Speech to His Son – The Pursuit of Happyness”

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something — not even me, alright. . . if you want something, go get it — period.”  

– Howard Gardner, played by Will Smith, with son, played by Jaden Smith, in film Pursuit of  Happyness (based on true story) 

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Interview: Cheryl Strayed & Reese Witherspoon on WILD 

“I think that the Wild offers us this opportunity to physically enacct what we need to do spiritually, what we need to do emotionally and psychologically…not to survive, but to thrive. And I think too that The Wild is a punishing place. We’re at the mercy of something that is far greater than us. . .but the Wild teaches us to surrender. And it also teaches us to remember that we’re always surrounded in beauty, beauty always around us. . .and we can find that if we look.”

Cheryl Strayed (author of best-selling memoir book Wild) with film version starring Reese Witherspoon as lead (on right)

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I hope at least one of these videos resonated with you! Which YouTube video did you love the most (and why)? Are there any other videos you use that inspire your life journey? Share if you’d like in the comments!

Hannah Fredenberg

I'm Hannah - happy to meet you! I live in the (frequently chilly) Midwest city of Milwaukee, yet keep a sunny disposition year-round. I’m a corporate copywriter by day, creative blog writer by night (or morning). I light up my life with writing, reading, running, yoga & soaking in the Great Outdoors as often as possible. I'm here to help YOU dig deep and uncover your real roots (who you authentically are) so you can start to align your inner & outer worlds -- one step at a time.


shauna · August 1, 2017 at 7:13 pm

Awesome post, I can’t wait to watch all of these inspirational videos!!! Thanks for putting them all in one place!

    Hannah Fredenberg · August 2, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Thanks, Shauna — definitely plenty to choose from! P.S. Loving all of YOUR videos so far ✨

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