My 50 Favorite Pieces Of Motivational Content


Motivation, as a subject, seems to polarize people into two opposing camps.

  • those who “love” motivation, “need” motivation, and would be dominating life “if they could just get more” motivation.

And across a divide of film score laced pump up speeches…

  • those who are disgusted by motivation, discrediting it of any merit whatsoever.

Both are camps are wrong.

Does Motivation Have Value?

Motivation is temporary, can be fleeting, is overplayed in instagram/meme/hustle culture, and cannot hold a candle to self-discipline.



Some people spend hours looking at memes, deriving positive feelings back by zero action.

This is what I call the “bad” kind of motivation, the kind of motivation cynics hate.

However, this does not discredit motivation. And, in my personal experience, its value comes in one major way:

Motivation comes from building a circle of influence containing people you don’t know in real life. 

That’s one amazing thing about the internet: it can give you insight to another person’s thoughts, feelings, and mood without that person being physically present.

People often say:

“But Mike! You have Roman and GaryVee! I don’t have anyone to motivate me!!”

Well, I don’t have Andy Dufresne or Eminem or Bryan Callen in my life. In fact, I’ve never met any of those guys. But they motivate the hell out of me.

“You become the average of the 5 people closest to you” is real.

There is a reason cliches become cliches. If I’m sitting next to you at Starbucks or I’m sitting next to you in from your glowing screen, I’m influencing you.

How I Use Motivation

Now, make no mistake about it, motivation is not a substitute for doing the actual work.

But, it can serve as a spark or method for changing your mindset and mood, which can lead to changes in your work ethic and output.

I enjoy the following content during strength training, cardio, and commuting.

Hope you like it:

50 Best Pieces Of Motivational Content

1. Bryan Callen on Tim Ferriss Podcast

2. Louie Simmons on Joe Rogan Podcast

3. GaryVee: “The Most Important Word Ever”

4. GaryVee: “One Is Greater Than Zero”

5. GaryVee: A Rant From The Head, Heart, And Hip

6. GaryVee: I Wish (note: I was in London at this speech; it’s my favorite of GV’s of all time)


7. Why Fitness Matters by Mike Vacanti


8. Patience by Mike Vacanti

9. Change Now by Mike Vacanti

10. Stop Playing The Victim by Mike Vacanti


11. Motivation: Quotes From Mike Matthews

12. Random Motivation: Sink or Swim

13. HBO Boxing Theme

14. Obsessed Motivation

15. Kevin Hart Hustle

16. Arnold – Who Do You Want To Be – Motivation


17. Prove Them Wrong – Motivation

18. Effort – Motivation

19. The Greatest – Ali Motivation

20. Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen On Haters


21. Shoe Dog: A Memoir By The Creator Of Nike

22. Relentless: From Good To Great To Unstoppable

23. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

24. The 50th Law by 50 Cent & Robert Greene

25. #AskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuk


26. Batman Begins


27. The Shawshank Redemption

28. Straight Outta Compton

29. Gladiator

30. Rounders

31. Southpaw


32. Eminem – Til I Collapse

33. Puff Daddy And The Family – Victory

34. Big Sean – Deserve It

35. Yellowcard – Believe

36. Yellowcard – Life Of A Salesman

37. John O’Callaghan – Find Yourself

38. Thirty Seconds To Mars – The Kill

39. Our Lady Peace – Innocent

40. Nas – One Mic

41. Dashboard Confessional – The Best Deceptions

42. The Script – If You Could See Me Now

43. Eminem – Legacy

44. Nate Millyunz – Kings Of The North

45. Lil Wayne – Kobe Bryant

46. Eminem – Bad Guy


47. John Romaniello @ Day #1 of my RFS Internship

48. Neil Gaiman Commencement Speech

49. J.K. Rowling – Harvard Commencement Speech

50. Steve Jobs – How To Live Before You Die at Stanford


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