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22 Videos That Will Inspire Greatness In Your Life

22 Videos That Will Inspire Greatness In Your Life

You can`t deny the effect of a motivational video on someone`s mood.

Right below are the 22 most inspiring videos on the web.

Enjoy them.

Motivational videos that will inspire greatness in you

1.The one armed Yankee

To be the United States` top amateur athlete, an Olympic gold medalist, play for one of the best baseball teams in the world and score a No-Hitter.

It`s already hard for the two handed, but Jim Abbott did it with only one.

2.The one foot landing

In 1996, the US gymnastic team was one step away from winning their first Olympic gold medal if only could the 18 year old Kerri Strug finish her last vault.

For Kerri, a former Olympic bronze medalist it was like taking a candy from a baby, just sprint, jump and land safely.

She could even do it with both eyes closed if only she was fit.

With a twisted ankle, Kerri has to sprint down the runway, jump off the spring board, fly spinning through the air and stick the landing…. All on one foot.

She could quit and nobody would blame her, but she chose to fight, and she won her moment of life.

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3.The Art of winning

“I said I was the greatest before I ever could be” Muhammad Ali

In almost every competition, the side who has the winning edge will end up winning and Muhammad Ali knows that.

It is a fact that hard work pays off, but when there is a small difference between competitors, the side who is mentally stronger will always win.

Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt, Michael Schumacher, Yelena Isinbayeva, Michael Jordan, LA Lakers, Manchester Utd, Real Madrid, Barcelona and the Yankees…. They don`t just win, they Dominate, why?

Because they win it in their minds before it starts, they win their game it mentally.

They are champions and champions win before they even play

4.Even when you are down, you still have something

You will always have something that can pull you up, anytime, anywhere. Even if you`re a homeless, or an ex drug addict. You will always have it.

Just like this man.

5.BOUNCE

You win by the times you bounce back when you hit the floor, that`s when you expect nothing but victory.

6.With the right motive, you can do miracles

What are the odds for a basketball player (pro or amateur) to hit a game with a goal in mind of scoring +60 points?

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Chris Paul scored 61 points to honor the death of his 61 year old grandfather who was shot prior this high school game.

 7.You are supposed to fail

Everybody fails, you just either accept it, or beat it and get something out of it.

Failure is inevitable, but you have the power not to allow it to become your destiny…

It`s only when you don`t quit.

8.Doctors said he can`t, but who cares about doctors

Simply watch this video

9.The woman who proved that age is just a number

At 47 and and looks like this, it`s easy to judge this lady, only if you mute this video

10.You don`t have to win to gain respect

This race was his last hope to get an Olympic medal, but he got injured mid-race which meant that the 27 year old British runner Derek Redmond will no longer be able to achieve his dream (at 31, it`s too hard for a runner to win a 400m Olympic race).

But despite his torn hamstring, Derek insisted to finish the race with the help of his father creating one of the most remembered moments in the history of the Olympic Games.

11.Thirty seconds to flexibility

The art of fitting in.

Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee talking about the most powerful element on earth.

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12.The best comeback in the history of football

On May 2005 Liverpool and AC.Milan met on the UEFA champions league final match.

In a winner takes all game, the English team was a 3 goals behind only 45 minutes after the game starts, but with the help of their captin Steven Gerard, liverpool players scored 3 consecutive goals within only 20 minutes from the beginning of the second half, leading the game to a penalty shootout which they won by 3-0 securing their fifth champions league cup and making one of the best comebacks of the history of football.

13.Fear is just an illusion

This guy describes how he managed to get rid of his fear of public speaking

14.The best revenge is Massive success

Family comes first, and you must appreciate your old man …..

We all know that, but this man looks like he`s got something to prove.

The moral behind this:

Close your mouth and your work will shut them all.

15.Inch by inch, play by play till you finish

You can`t imagine how an extra step can do… Al Pacino knows it

16.You can always do more

The best explanation to Al Pacino`s speech.

One of the most inspirational scenes you can find in a movie.

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17.Greatness is Kindness

Here`s something to encourage you do some good.

The power of kindness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKyh2ugjiE4

18.Insights from the funniest man on earth

Here is someone`s comment about this video:

“Really impressive speech from Jim Carrey. Definitely worth watching from 10 mins on. Have always enjoyed his comedy, but am even more impressed with his insights.”

19.You got a dream, you gotta protect it

Will Smith with the best advice a dad can give to his own son.

Don`t ever let somebody tell you you can`t do something…

20.This how coaches should be

I wish I had a coach like this man, one of the greatest speeches ever.

21.You are not a loser until you believe so

From a perceived loser to the best marketer ever been born… Steve Jobs shares his life story at Stanford

22.Can`t end without mentioning this video

The  Italian stallion Rocky Balboa shares his wisdom about life and success.

A video you can`t stop seeing.

Featured photo credit: shutterbugamar/ via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 18, 2019

How to Motivate Employees and Boost Team Productivity

How to Motivate Employees and Boost Team Productivity

These days, in a world with cognitive, AI, and extraordinary advances, we have failed at the most basic stimulus: motivation. Why do I say so? Just take a look at these statistics:

58 percent of managers said they didn’t receive any management training as per a CareerBuilder.com survey. Only 12% of employees leave their jobs because of more money. Research indicates that around 80% of employees leave their jobs due to “lack of appreciation”. Due to fear of failing, more than half of American workers don’t take their paid vacations. 53% of Americans are unhappy at work (not engaged). And 1 in 3 are working in a field they don’t like.[1]

Archaic people management and HR structures are the root cause.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

So how to motivate employees and boost team productivity?

Here are 3 key things that you can do to motivate your employees and boost team productivity:

1. Run Your Team/Group/Company like a Lean Startup

The Lean Startup phenomena by Eric Ries has been socialized across millions all over the globe. In a nutshell, it is a methodology for developing businesses and products, which aims to shorten product development cycles and rapidly discover if a proposed business model is viable; this is achieved by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning.[2]

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Encourage Your Employees

When you empower your employees (or family members) to do what they deem to be best for a particular roadblock, idea, or improvement, you create magic. You create genuine trust. You enable innovation. The result is happy, inspired employees who feel they have a say in the grand cosmic stage at work.

Note that increasing the competency level of employees and coaching and mentoring them along the way is key. You yourself, need to do the same. Nourish your brain – and get a mentor that will keep you at the edge of your game.

Offer Rewards

Motivation is also intrinsic. The startups I have worked at offered instant rewards — not just fat checks or equity increments, but Oscar-style nominations.

The non-monetary rewards were actually more coveted, and grandiose: lunch with the CEO, tickets to an Obama fund-raiser, horse-back riding with a world-class equestrian.

Compare this to a dodgy, corporate, white-cubicle dinosaur that had a “yearly performance review” where both parties dread the conversation. In a world of instant WhatsApp messages, having a conversation about performance, likes and dislikes cannot just happen annually in 60 minutes. Employees need to be rooted in the belief that their manager genuinely cares about them.

Give Autonomy

Another key attribute is autonomy. Most employees start brushing their resumes and cruising LinkedIn when their hands are tied in their current positions: approval forms, long meetings, escalations, and more meetings. In the world of agile and scrum masters, deliberating for the sake of deliberating is poison. You will choke the very employees that giddily accepted the job initially to “change the world”.

Within a reasonable realm of assessment and deep-dives, trust your employees to do the heavy lifting. Give them access to the knowledge, people and resources that help them directly make the choices that will shape the future of your team, and your company.

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Eliminate yourself as the bottleneck – and interject yourself as a benevolent, servant leader that is the symbol of high-performing organizations.

2. Apply the 90/90/1 Rule

I recently saw a video by Deepak Sharma (a leadership adviser) about productivity and this principle stuck with me. Here’s what it’s about:

Devote the First 90 Minutes of Your Day to Important Project

For the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of your day to your most important project—nothing else. Do this for yourself and your employees.

We usually get sucked into the most wasteful, operational activities in the morning which robs our focus, and steers us into an unwanted rabbit hole. So mute your notifications, avoid the temptation to check your exploding inbox, and scroll your Instagram feed later. Instead, focus on that ONE thing that will provide real value to you, your team, or your business/company/home.

Apply this rule to yourself – and your team. Your team will thank you. Note: If you’re feeling really stretched for time, you can always hack the rule by testing out a “45/45/1” version.

A To Do Scheduling System

Another version of this is to use the Kanban concept, developed by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. Kanban is a scheduling system employing boards and cards.

The most basic version is a canvas with “To-do”, “Doing”, and “Done” boards (or columns). Each activity or task is a “card” that moves from one column to the other. I use Trello (a Kanban-inspired app) that is a key system for my personal and professional life. It allows me to understand my workload, their priority, and due dates.

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I use importance and effort metrics (scores) for each task to understand what is truly necessary in my life to work on. It negates the FIFO (first-in, first out) paradox that has plagued millions of people. Instead, it allows me to take stock of what is on my plate, and then bite on what truly will move the needle for me, my team, my life, and my company.

With a limited appetite (at least for some), would you eat the veggies, fries, mashed potatoes and leave the sizzling steak? No, you wouldn’t (unless you are a vegan and ended up in the wrong restaurant).

Approach your work with a weighted vengeance – and encourage your team to do the same.

3. Align Passion and Skills to Purpose

The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, and gives you a sense of meaning, joy and passion.

“The most fortunate people on earth are those who have found a calling that’s bigger than they are—that moves them and fills their lives with constant passion, aliveness, and growth.” — Richard Leider

An ace team-member once told me that while she enjoys working for the company we both used to work at, she really hated anything to do with technology. She was more of a “people” person, and did not want to sit behind a desk sifting through lines of code.

What struck me was that she was in that role for more than a decade and had just spoken up. The good thing is she spoke up. She expressed her desire and interests. And it allowed her to get into a role of her liking within 30 days.

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Ask If They like What They’re Doing

If you, or a team member is frustrated, demotivated, or not performing at their best – one of the questions you should ask is whether they like what they are doing. Then genuinely try to help them get to the role they should be in (whether in the same team/company or not).

There’s a reason why 53% of Americans (and perhaps more or same across the globe) are unhappy at work. A butcher cannot be an ace salad maker. Pursue your passion – and help pave the way for your team. Unlock your potential and theirs. You will command and lead a supercharged team.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

The Bottom Line

Sometimes, passion has to be ignited. It is dormant, clouded by busy-ness, buried by wrong career choices, and plagued by non-supportive eco-systems. Some will climb out of it, but we as society — and in the case of business teams — incumbent upon the manager/CEO/leader to foster, grow, and nurture the employee.

Teach her the ropes. Show her the path. Advise him as you would yourself. Let them lead, and make mistakes. Do not fear them, rather make them the leader you would want to become.

For your not-so-great team members, understand that it is not personal, it is just not a good fit. Help them move on to the pastures they would be fit to graze on. Hence, hire slow (and fire fast).

Your team is a reflection of you. Boosting their confidence and helping them achieve the impossible is motivation. Focus on that, and you will have a productive team that you and your company will be proud of.

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