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22 Motivational YouTube Channels to Jump-start Your Day

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Hi. I’m George and I’m a motivational video junkie.

 

Can you relate?

 

Not sure?

 

Well, you know you’re a motivational video (or audio) junkie if you’ve listened to them in all different settings, situations, and times of the day. 

 

I’m talking about:

 

  • Listening in the shower
  • In the car when you’re driving alone
  • At the gym, while everyone else is listening to music
  • Listening while sorting laundry or unloading the dishwasher 
  • While mowing the lawn
  • When you’re in the kitchen getting your kids food for the 15,000th time today
  • And especially listening right after you wake up to jump-start your day

 

There’s no better time to watch a motivational video than first thing in the morning.

 

That’s when your subconscious mind is most receptive and impressionable. Which makes it the perfect state of mind … a double-edged sword if you will.

 

Meaning, not only are you more likely to retain a positive mental state throughout the day, the motivational speeches will also jump-start your energy levels, mindset, and overall motivation for the day.

 

Sometimes I open YouTube and click on an inspirational video compilation before getting out of bed. It helps me feel motivated enough to get up and face the day.

 

If you have to get kids up for school, an extra long morning routine, or an extra busy day ahead of you in general, you know how it is. 

 

It could be hours before you get time to work on your own goals or do the things you want to do. The kinds of activities that get you energized and motivated once you start doing them.

 

I’m talking about your hobbies, passion projects, blog, or business. 

 

But what about everything else?

 

Finding something exciting to wake up and do first thing doesn’t work for everyone.

 

And neither do most of the hour long, self-care based morning routines you read about. At least not when you have kids that wake up when you do…

 

…no matter how many “15 minute intervals” earlier you set your alarm.

 

I’m not saying those techniques don’t work for some people, I’m sure they do. But the rest of us can benefit from a little morning motivation. 

 

“Not everyone is born with motivation. There is a severe lack in some who believe ‘I’ll get to that one day’ or ‘the timing isn’t right’ or a classic case of ‘I can’t do that’. 

Motivation is the defining factor that turns a good thought into immediate action. It turns a good idea into a business and can positively impact the world around you.”

Natalie Cook

 

Why Are Motivational Speakers Important?

People listen to motivational speakers for a variety of reasons. They can help you with just about any life, business, relationship, or personal development obstacle you might be having.

 

They are especially useful (and sometimes life-changing) when your mindset is preventing you from moving forward to reach your goals.

 

 

For example, you’re afraid to get started, or you don’t feel “ready”, or even if you just can’t motivate yourself to get enough done in the morning … inspiring and empowering speeches can help jump-start your brain.

 

Motivational speeches can:

 

  • Pick you up when you’re feeling low on energy or emotionally down

 

  • Make you feel good about yourself, accept yourself, and see the value in your uniqueness

 

  • Show you that you have something to offer the world that no one else does

 

  • Fire you up to take action and get things done, especially when you’re feeling unmotivated

 

  • Remind you why you got started in the first place

 

  • Help you recommit to your goals and dreams

 

  • Remind you that success in life takes resilience

 

Everyone gets knocked down. But the only way to reach your goals is to get up each time and keep moving forward no matter what obstacles you face.

Everyone gets knocked down. But the only way to reach your goals is to get up each time and keep moving forward no matter what obstacles you face. Click To Tweet

 

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Are you ready to check out the 22 motivational YouTube channels?

Below, you’ll find a wide range of channels, so it should be easy to find at least a handful that are perfect for you.

 

I’ve arranged the 22 Motivational YouTube channels in alphabetical order because, honestly, I couldn’t think of another logical way to sort them.

 

Some channels have millions of subscribers while others have only tens of thousands. A handful of the channels are from extremely famous people and others are run by people you’ve never even heard of.

 

But none of that is relevant when it comes to how inspirational, educational, or motivational their videos are or how much of a positive effect they’ll have on your life. 

 

 22 channels… Why not more or less? 

 

No direct reason really. At first it was just a number that felt right. But then it occured to me to look up the meaning of repeating 2’s. And this is what I found…

 

“The number 22 is considered as one of the most powerful numbers, able to turn all dreams and desires into reality.

The number 22 is a number of precision and balance. In its full capacity, this number is the master builder, which means that it provides the power to achieve almost impossible things.”

Angelnumber.org

 

Needless to say, I was sold!

 

Make sure you bookmark or pin this page so you don’t have to try to remember the names of all of these YouTube channels. 

 

One of the best things about YouTube’s algorithm is once you watch and subscribe to enough of a certain type of video, YouTube will start suggesting more of the same.

 

Which means you’ll have motivational videos on your feed right when you open the app!

 

You won’t have to search for them. Making it quick and easy for the morning.

 

Note: In some of the compilation style video’s descriptions you can find the names of the speakers, and links to their channels. Giving you even more channels to follow.

 

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22 Motivational YouTube Channels to Jump-start Your Day 

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1) Absolute Motivation 

1.15M subscribers 

 

“Watch. Learn. Do. Repeat.”

 

They produce actionable, motivational content that will expand your mind and enhance your life.

 

Their content includes both solo speakers and compilation videos.

 

A video series that immediately jumped out at me iis called Life Lessons from the Most Successful People on Earth. 

 

Never Underestimate Me

 

2) Alex Kalts Motivation 

662K subscribers 

 

“Addicted to the iron.”

 

Alex Kalts content centers around fitness and life motivation. 

 

They produce weekly motivational videos with the goal of inspiring you to push yourself harder in everything you do.

 

Change Your Life

 

3) Ben Lionel Scott

1.37M subscribers

 

Ben Lionel Scott is a motivational video editor/producer from Melbourne, Australia.

 

His channel posts weekly motivational videos that are captioned.

 

The dramatic video cover pictures (thumbnails) and inspirational titles immediately jumped out at me. I’m glad I took the time to watch them.

 

I’ve Come Too Far to Quit

 

 

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4) Brendon.com (Brendon Buchard)

865K subscribers 

 

“Live. Love. Matter.”

 

Brendon Buchard was named by Forbes as “the world’s leading high performance coach.” 

 

He’s the author of High Performance Habits and recognized as one of the top personal development trainers and influencers in history.

 

How Successful People Think

 

5) Chispa Motivation 

377K subscribers 

 

“Be the best you can be.”

 

The creator of this channel hopes their videos inspire anyone who’s looking for life advice and motivation.

 

Obsession

 

6) daily MOTIVATION

1.77M subscribers 

 

“Inspiration. Motivation. Education.”

 

Their content includes morning motivational videos, meditations, affirmations, informative videos, and advice videos.

 

Lone Wolf Motivation

 

 

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7) Darren Hardy

59.8K subscribers 

 

“You weren’t born to be good. You are here to be great.”

 

Darren Hardy teaches life and business lessons through relatable and motivational stories.

 

He posts daily personal development videos every morning as part of The DarenDaily Show. They get sent out to his email list and the best ones are posted on his motivational YouTube channel.

 

His motto is #bettereveryday and if you follow his advice, you will be.

 

A Simple Way to be Happier

 

8) Evan Carmichael 

2.58M subscribers 

 

Evan is known for his Top 10 Rules for Success video series.

 

He produces question and answer format videos as well as motivational video compilations.

 

On one of his other channels, he answers listener’s success and business questions during his gaming live streams. And posts these videos on his main channel.

 

Morning motivations, entrepreneur interviews, starting from the bottom (success stories), and a change your life in 30 days challenge are some of the playlists you’ll find on this motivational YouTube channel.

 

Evan also has a productivity music channel where he produces 2 hour long productive music mixes and playlists.

 

Morning Motivation

 

9) Gary Vee (Gary Vaynerchuk) 

2.84M subscribers 

 

Gary Vee is the “entrepreneur’s entrepreneur”. He knows how to build multi-million dollar businesses and is the guy other entrepreneurs go to for help and inspiration.

 

He runs two successful companies,  and has written a handful of books, including 

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too.(link)

 

His channel is a mixture of life, business, marketing, social media, and motivation.

 

Being Yourself is Your Greatest Opportunity

 

10) Grant Cardone

1.43M subscribers 

 

“Uncle G”

 

Grant’s company hosts the annual 10X Growth Conferences which features other well known business leaders, motivational speakers, and celebrities. 

 

Forbes has called him one of the top social media business influencers in the world.

 

He’s published 8 business books, 13 business programs, and is CEO of 7 different companies. 

 

Grant speaks and writes about success, motivation, goals, business, money, sales, and real estate topics.

 

His teaching style is down to earth, empathetic, open and honest. This is because he speaks from the heart, has been to rock bottom, and is self made.

 

He’s the first to admit that he isn’t special and believes anyone can become successful if they learn how and do the work.

 

“What if the only thing standing in the way of your greatness was that you just had to go after everything obsessively, persistently, and as though your life depended on it?”

– Grant Cardone, The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

 

Grant Cardone’s motivational YouTube channel posts videos almost every day, plus features live YouTube shows where viewers call in to ask questions.

 

What Are You Willing to Give Up?

 

 

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11) HESMotivation

669K Subscribers

 

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

 

All things motivation and success.

 

Some of the content is motivational compilation style videos and others focus on one individual well-known speaker.

 

Built Differently

 

Stay True to Who You Are

 

Don’t Let Fear Kill Your Dreams

 

12) Jack Canfield

158K subscribers

 

Known as “America’s #1 success coach”.

 

Creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.

 

He teaches “time-proven strategies on how to be successful in life and achieve your goals”.

 

How to Follow Through on Your Goals

 

13) Lavendaire

1.22M subscribers 

 

“Life is an art. Make it your masterpiece.”

 

She shares personal development, life design, and inspirational videos to help you create your dream life.

 

Topics include: Success, goals, motivation, happiness, balancing your life, changing your life, positive habits, empowerment, growth mindset, relaxation, mindfulness, stress relief, self-love, journaling, and many more.

 

Done is Better Than Perfect

 

14) Law of Attraction Coaching 

2.08M subscribers 

 

Their goal is to provide you with the self-mastery tools you’ll need to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and walk your own path to success.

 

They accomplish their goal by producing both solo speaker and multiple speakers compilational style videos.

 

How to Find Yourself Again

 

15) Les Brown

179K subscribers 

 

“You Have Greatness Within You”

 

“We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.”

 

Les Brown is a world-renowned motivational speaker and businessman who inspires others to fulfill their potential.

 

He’s recorded audio (tapes), videos, and has published several motivational books.

 

Books such as:

 

Since he’s been recognized as one of the best speakers in the world, you’ll recognize his voice in the motivational compilation videos from a few of the other channels on this list.

 

Change Lives

 

 

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16) Mary Morrisey

29.5K subscribers 

 

Mary Morrisey is a life coach, motivational speaker, founder of the Brave Thinking Institute, and creator of the Dream Builder Program.

 

She empowers people to create lives they love living.

 

5 Morning Habits

 

17) Mel Robbins

813K subscribers 

 

“Pep talks for life.”

 

Mel Robbins teaches you how to improve your life one decision at a time.

 

Not only does she inspire entire audiences with her motivational speeches, she can back up her teachings with science.

 

She can help you calm your anxieties and overcome the fears keeping you from going after your dreams.

 

The Secret to Stopping Fear and Anxiety

 

18) MotivationHub

1.34M subscribers

 

“Change your life. Chase your dreams.”

 

MotivationHub partners with some of the top motivational speakers to produce the best motivational videos.

 

They believe motivation is only the  starting point. Consistent daily work is what takes you the rest of the way.

 

Their videos feature well-known successful speakers giving solo speeches and compilation videos.

 

It’s Time to Get Over It – Les Brown

 

19) Motivation Madness

1.9M subscribers 

 

“Motivate. Inspire. Achieve.”

 

They encourage you to live your dreams and never let anyone stop you from doing what makes you happy.

 

Their videos focus on one speaker at a time instead of using motivational compilations like some of the other channels.

 

Chadwick Boseman’s Life Advice

 

20) Motiversity

1.53M subscribers 

 

“Start unknown. Finish unforgettable.”

 

Their goal is to keep you motivated so you can achieve your goals and follow your dreams.

 

They are a new-age independent record label that produces original speeches as well as compilation videos compiled from their most popular videos.

 

Topics include: morning motivation, best motivational speeches, purpose, self-discipline, and dedication. 

 

Start Now

 

Courage

 

 

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21) Thinking Humanity

18.4K subscribers 

 

“New mindset. New result.”

 

Their goal is to inspire people all over the world with “extremely motivational and jaw-dropping” content.

 

Topics and featured speakers include: motivation, taking action, investing, Jim Rohn, Les Brown, and Alan Watts.

 

Successful People are Self-disciplined – Jim Rohn

 

22) Tony Robbins

1M subscribers 

 

“Live a healthier, wealthier, more fulfilling, passionate and purposeful life.”

 

Tony Robbins has been referred to as the #1 life and business strategist and as a “catalyst for change” because he can help you transform your life in minutes instead of years. 

 

“Whatever you focus on—whatever you tune in to—you will feel more intensely. So if you don’t like what you’re doing, maybe it’s time to change the channel.”

– Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! 

 

Master Your Emotions

 

 

Conclusion

“By imagining and envisioning yourself where you want to be, you start to get excited, you start to develop belief, faith, and hell-bent-for-glory purposefulness.

These feelings are key to getting yourself to do what it takes to make your dreams manifest in physical form.”

-Jen Sincero, You’re a Badass At Making Money 

 

Motivational YouTube Channels can inspire you to:

 

  • Get started even if you don’t feel ready

 

  • Go after your goals and dreams

 

  • Stay consistent day after day

 

 

  • Journey outside of your comfort zone

 

  • Keep trying no matter how many times you fail

 

  • And to never give up

 

Listening to motivational speeches can help make a meaningless task feel meaningful and turn routine daily chores, that normally drag you down from the monotony, into a motivational conference that pumps you up. 

 

I hope you found these 22 motivational YouTube channels as inspiring and educational as I have. The research I did for this blog post led to finding a few new channels I hadn’t heard of … to add to my own list.

 

For that, I’m grateful.

 

Remember to bookmark this page for future reference and please share it with anyone else who might find it useful.

 

 

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