8 Motivational Speeches to Inspire Success

Most of us celebrate success, but what defines success is purely a personal decision. However, it is impossible to deny the societal importance put on success. These eight speeches will explore not only the nature of success, but also what defines it, how to handle the aftereffects of finding it, and what it means to be truly successful.


1. Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement address (2005)


2. Arnold Schwarzenegger: “6 Rules of Success”


3. JK Rowling: “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination” (2008)


4. Richard St. John: “8 Secrets of Success”


5. Ellen DeGeneres’ Tulane University commencement speech (2009)


6. Will Smith: Speech from ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’


7. Jim Carrey’s MUM Commencement address (2014)


8. Neil Gaiman’s University of the Arts address (2012)







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