May 29, 2017

Nine Inspirational Videos on Choosing a Career and Making Other Important Life Decisions


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Are you at that point in life where you are considering what career to pursue? Or perhaps, you are a mid-career professional looking to ditch your current job and explore something new? Whether you are a high school senior contemplating your college and life options or simply at a point in life where you want to reset your goals, listening to advice from others who have succeeded in similar situations is always a good place to start. Look no further because we’ve got just the right resources to inspire you and get you started on the road to reinventing yourself. Check out these inspirational videos on choosing a career and making other important life decisions by the likes of Steve Jobs, and others. We hope they inspire you to be your best self. 

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1. Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computer made one of the most inspiring speeches about pursuing one’s dreams, loving what you do, and why death is the best way to remind us what is most important in life. More than ten years after Jobs made the speech, his words still ring true.




2. Bel Pesce – 5 ways to kill your dreams

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bel Pesce achieved the near impossible feat of getting into MIT at 17, after only deciding to apply two weeks before the application deadline. She went on to enjoy a remarkable career working for the likes of Google. Pesce challenges common misconceptions on what it takes to achieve success, and offers five ways in which many of us tend to get in our own way. Her advice is that we surround  ourselves with smart, driven, passionate people and work as hard as we can at something we love. 

3. Scott Dinsmore – How to find and do work you love

Scott Dinsmore was the founder of a company called Live Your Legend, which encourages people to find a job they are passionate about and chase after it. In this video, he shares his own journey to finding his passion, after leaving a demoralizing job with a Fortune 500 company. Dinsmore sadly passed away in 2015 after being struck by a boulder while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. 




4. Emilie Wapnick -Why some of us don’t have one true calling

Emile Wapnick delves into why not everyone is wired to do just one thing for the rest of their lives. 

5. Mark Babbitt – The Best Career Advice You’ll Ever Hear

Mark Babbitt, CEO, Youtern discusses the big changes happening in today’s job market as the world moves away from the W-2 (salaried, full-time) to the 1099 (contractor) economy. Babbitt offers plenty of practical, common-sense tips on what it takes to find income opportunities/jobs in today’s part-time economy. 

6. Amy Purdy- Living beyond limits

Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee when she was just 19. Against the odds, she overcame the obstacles of her condition to reinvent her life, going on to achieve her dream of becoming a pro snowboarder. 

7. Richard St. John – Success is a continuous journey

Richard St. John shares his life journey through success to failure and back to success. He talks about how along the way he learned that success is a continuous journey and the eight principles of success that he picked up. 

8. Boniface Mwangi – Finding your life’s purpose

Photographer Boniface Mwangi discovered his life’s purpose when he decided to take a stand to fight against corruption in his home country of Kenya.

9. Larry Smith – Why you will fail to have a great career

Larry Smith, a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo urges us to go after our passions. In this tongue in cheek talk, he discusses what stops most of us form going after the careers we really love. 

To watch more inspirational videos, visit the College Mouse Youtube channel. We will be adding new videos to the Youtube channel so keep coming back often. Found a video that you would like us to add? Let us know at: info (AT)collegemouse.com.