Seeking Inspiration

Inspirational speakers who have changed lives of people: Finding peace for yourself through people

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Motivational or inspirational speakers, depending on your choice of word, essentially make speeches to inspire an audience. Picking up a book or listening to their speeches can be the turning point in your decision making or the difference in reaching peculiar heights in life. At different times in our life, each person has struggled for motivation and inspiration to keep going in education, business, relationship, job or life generally. Motivation comes in many forms and shapes including quotes, movies, songs, and books, but uniquely different is listening to other people motivate and uplift you with wise words. Motivational speakers offer this unique service, and a lot of them have changed people’s perspective and choice. To maximise your potential and significantly improve your life, listening to motivational speakers, who have attained the highest level of oratory and upliftment is a right step in the right direction. Who are the top motivational speakers that change your thought process with their story or speeches? Have you heard of Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins or Nick Vujicic? These are people that had enough reasons to be eternally sad, but rather chose a different path to what life offered. They are the definition of when life gives you lemon, make a lemonade.

  1. Nick Vujicic

He was born in 1982 with a rare disorder called Phocomelia, meaning he was born without limbs. Different in body, he also decided to be different in his mind and speech. Despite the adversity, he ensured the adversity won’t decide his position in life, thus, setting out to become a motivational speaker inspiring millions of people through his motivational speaking company. He has established a non-profit organization named “Life without limbs,” and indeed, each person is limited in life, but the adversity of life, either physical or mental shouldn’t block your path to glory. If you need a man that practices what he preaches, look no further than Nick Vujicic. He is quite happy and content in life, enough to make him crack jokes in his speeches. Listen to his speech, No legs, no hands, no worries, and share his perspective on believing that nothing is impossible. You can also learn the importance of determination, never giving up, and possibility in his book" Life without limits: inspiration for a ridiculously good life. " Most importantly, you will learn the importance of focusing on only what you can do instead of what you can’t do in life. He believes strongly that “the challenges in our lives are there to strengthen our convictions. They are not there to run us over.”

  1. Eric Thomas

Now a fierce and passionate speaker, he is a totally different person to the high school dropout and homeless man he was in the past. As bad as life was for him, he made a decision to stop living on the streets, get his high school degree, pursue a college degree, and now holding a PhD degree, he is a true example of overcoming adversity. If everybody had as much passion as he inspired himself with, people attaining a new level would be very easy. Eric Thomas never sugar-coats words, as he bluntly speaks like a rapper. Nicknamed the hip hop preacher for his veracity, passion, and fierceness, he regularly discusses the long years it takes to achieve success, but gives an assurance: true commitment to your goals and sacrifices will get you the desired success. This favourite quote “when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful” is good enough to make you jump up another day and keep racing towards your goals. Read his best seller, “The Secret To Success,” and have a new outlook in life.

  1. Les Brown

For starters, Les Brown was born in an abandoned building with his twin brother. Things didn’t come easy in life as he was given up for adoption and grew up poor. He was also declared as “mentally retarded” which led to a low self-esteem. Despite the low self-esteem, poor background, and difficult upbringing, it never weighed him down, as his mother’s encouragement and his high school teacher’s assistance helped him reach his full potential, a key point he refers to in his motivational speeches. Inspired by a boring motivational speaker, whom he thought he could speak much better than, he is today a widely successful speaker convincing people to overcome hardship in life. His speeches focus on strong belief, boldness, and supreme self-confidence. Les Brown regularly says “Most people fail in life, not because they aim too high and miss. But, because they aim too low and hit.” Through his book," Live Your Dreams," reach the success you deserve.

  1. Anthony Robbins

At 6-foot-7-inches, he is a mountain of a man with his commanding presence and deep voice. But, there is one unbeatable passion about him which is to help people achieve their goals in life. Although he comes from a financially modest family, he understands the psychology of success. He believes that success leaves specific clues, such that the people who do achieve success have specific things they do to produce outstanding results in life. His teachings start with basics of your life accomplishments and why you want to achieve the goals. His bestseller book," Awaken the Giant Within,"

will help you wake up to take control of your life.  Tony Robbins was inspired by Jim Rohn who treated him as his apprentice. Now, one of the best life coaches in the world, his speech, continues to inspire people towards greatness.

  1. Wayne W. Dyer

Late Dr. Wayne W. Dyer lived his life to the fullest and not only did he, he encouraged people to live their dreams through his motivational speeches. He was born into poverty and indeed, grew up in an orphanage where his mother dropped him because she couldn’t support him and his siblings. After service in the US Navy, he gradually worked his way up from a high school guidance counsellor to become a professor of psychology and a popular author and speaker. His most popular speaking programs include Change your Thoughts, Change your life, Excuses begone, and the power of intention. Reading any of these books will be sure to motivate you and create an appeal that changes your perspective about life positively. With the myriads of book he has written, notably, “Wishes Fulfilled : Mastering the Art Of Manifesting,” you can renew your dedication to mastering the art of fulfilling your life desires. This favourite quote “Be Miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever must be done, it’s always your choice” is enough to keep the fight on and the passion burning forever until you reach your goals in life.

  1. Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn led a mediocre life as a clerk until a lecture on entrepreneurship changed his perspective and he started his business. By chance speaking at a Rotary club meeting, he discovered his knack for motivational speeches. It was the beginning of a new life which opened a new horizon for him. He is known for his powerful speeches delivered to make you pursue and achieve your dreams. His masterpiece in oratory is demonstrated by this statement, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” His highly successful book, "My Philosophy for Successful Living” is a testament to how powerful and memorable you can become when you approach life from the right angle. Tony Robbins, whom he discipled said “Jim had a positive impact on me at a time in my life when I was first forming the philosophies that guide me today.”

  1. Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar has an amazing story as he worked as a salesman before finally becoming the vice president of Automotive Performance Company. With his appeal, speeches, and books, he transcended age barriers, culture, and occupation. He has life improvement messages which you can use to cultivate an energy of change. A favourite quote “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals” is enough to motivate you to keep pursuing your goals in life. Your goals can only be achieved when you pursue it with an unrelenting vigour. His book “Secrets Of Closing The Sale” is based on the idea that everybody engage in sales and must establish a positive dynamic relationship while engaging in sales whether products, principles of life, or services. Learn to project warmth, enthusiasm, and respect to people. Even after he lost his short-term memory, Ziglar continued to deliver great motivational speeches, allowing nothing to stop him.

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger was a professional body builder who envisioned his goals and vigorously pursued it until achievement. He neither cares about critics nor naysayers, as he only focuses and believes in himself. Using work ethic, self-discipline, and determination, he achieved his goals. His reality in discussing how much difficulty you may encounter in accomplishing your success, but with stubbornness, will to conquer, and perseverance, accomplishing them will be easy. Arnold Schwarzenegger repeatedly discusses how individuals need to discuss who they want to become and most importantly why. This quote “strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength,” would keep you going no matter how tough a phase of life maybe. From within you draw strength to combat the hardship. Read his true life story in the book “Total Recall : My Unbelievably True Life Story” where you can learn valuable lessons about success, grit, determination, and goal accomplishment.

  1. Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy by his own description was “a behaviour problem” child who had a rough childhood until adolescence before he turned his life around. After his first sales job where he learnt and applied the best practices, he became a master salesman. Today, he is the chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International company which specializes in the training, development, and growth of individuals and organizations. With Brian Tracy, you can achieve your life goals whether business or personal faster than you can imagine. Discover through his international success program proven strategies, techniques, and methodology for time management, personal wealth, business, leadership, and self-development. Change your perspective towards life and business, realising that no goal is ever too big to achieve. Brian Tracy is fond of saying “You can’t a target you can’t see,” is an inspiration for you to pursue a set goal.

  1. Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner was homeless, without a job, and lived on the street with his young son, so much that his story inspired the movie, titled “The Pursuit of Happiness” which starred Will Smith. However, he turned his life around, becoming a motivational speaker, millionaire, and stock broker. Through his story, you can learn that no situation can ever put you down, unless you decide so. Pursue your goals, make success the motivating factor and enjoy life afresh.

  1. Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield transmitted from the shaper of young minds to becoming a great motivational speaker with all-time best-seller books. He originated the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, selling millions of copies of several of the books. He also holds the Guinness World Record for having seven books simultaneously on the New York times best-sellers list. Through his book, "The Success Principles", you can get from where you are to where you want to be. Reading his books will increase confidence, live life with passion, tackle challenges daily, and most importantly realize your ambitions. Read inspiring stories of CEOs, athletes, and celebrities who have succeeded over the years and the various principles that transformed their lives beyond mere dreams.

  1. Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a big name in motivational speaking. Not satisfied with his law practice, he quit his job to write several best-selling books including “The Monk who Sold his Ferrari” and “The leader who had no title: A modern fable on real success in business and in life.” Through the books, you can balance your life, gain wisdom, and create a life of passion, purpose, and peace. A favourite quote “Your ‘I can’ is more important than your IQ” should be a turning point in your life, as you can take a life-changing step towards actualizing your dreams.

  1. Bob Proctor

A great speaker on getting rich, Bob Proctor is a teacher on the act of understanding your abilities to do more, be more, and have more in every area of life. He based his teachings on the great Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. With more than 40 years of teaching and an amazing delivery, Bob Proctor helps you create and live a life of prosperity, rewarding relationships, and spiritual awareness, all of which works hand in hand to make a successful person. Learn how to create through the law of attraction, prosperity and spiritual awareness, based on the principles discussed in the book "The Science of Getting Rich". The quote “Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand” teaches one major life principle: The law of attraction.

Positive thinking exercises that will change your life

One common denominator to these speakers is the act of controlling their minds. Combining inspirational speeches with positive thinking exercises will turn your life around. Positive thinking exercises that can turn your life around include:

  1. Taking control

You must understand that life is never perfect and decisions must be made on taking control of things you can change, while accepting those you can’t such as the weather. Worrying about situations or conditions you cannot change will not make you achieve your goals faster, rather, it will slow you down, and probably ruin your chances of ever achieving them. So, take control of your life and attitude, quit worrying, and refuse the control of external circumstances. You have the sole responsibility over your life.

  1. Listening to music

Music remains an excellent positivity booster especially a good music that can replace sad emotions with uplifting lyrics. This can be meditative, creative, and even mild music that creates mind-blowing images in your mind. Boost your positivity in life by listening to and imagining good positive life outcomes while listening to the songs.

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  1. Being thankful

Gratitude takes away all the struggles and problems in life when you remember the good times, good things, and good life you have. Note that the grateful mind, irrespective of the troubles and obstacles in life, enjoys serenity and peace. Be thankful for the blessings in your life always. If you look around, you will find a lot of reasons to be thankful for, including the seemingly minute blessings of sight, talking, walking, breathing, and moving.

  1. Breathing

Breathing is a natural activity whose power has been underestimated. However, a change in mood will lead to a change of breathing with shallow and quick breaths accompanying emotions of anger, stress, fear, and anxiety. When in a negative state of mind, habitually, take a deep and slow breath to calm your body and mind. It will cheer you up and most importantly relieve you of negative emotions.

  1. Checking your inner voice

Your internal dialogue like breathing goes unnoticed as you rarely notice your inner voice. The mind, especially when negative is the biggest and only enemy to your success and happiness. Take care to think positive thoughts intentionally. Reprogram the inner voice to speak, affirm, and meditate on self-respect, happiness, success, and confidence.

  1. Engaging in positive activities

Positive activities get your happiness juices flowing. Yoga, meditation, exercises, hiking, skiing, reading, writing, speaking, walking, and mentoring are positive activities that has a direct positive effect on your mental health. Partake in an activity that brings a positive outcome on your body and mind.


Each of the great speaker that have passed through difficulties and experienced tough times, emerged as winners, not because life was easy, but because they made a decision to never give up. Life was not enough to put them down neither was the tough situations. As the speakers emerged from their various difficulties to lead from the front as motivational speakers, so did their goals, accomplishments, and success story.