Great Speeches to Provide a Shot of Career Inspiration

Inspirational and motivational speeches can be a great source for overcoming those little everyday struggles (and sometimes bigger ones as well).

Here is a selection of great speeches, which can provide some inspiration for your career.


“Empathy is Choice, and it’s a vulnerable choice.” says Brene Brown in his speech entitled “The Power of Vulnerability.”

To empathize with someone else, you have to open the doors of your feelings. This vulnerability gives you the power to look at yourself and go beyond your limitations.



In one of her speeches, J.K Rowling describes failure and imagination as the two essential ingredients for success.

Failure takes you a step closer to your true passion, while imagination gives you the empathy that makes you a better human being.



Steve Jobs describes the significance of the failure for success, in his most renowned speech at Stanford, where he shared how getting fired from Apple inspired his greatest innovations.

“Stay hungry, Stay foolish.” The signature quote was first cited in this speech.



Ellen DeGeneres takes you through the anecdotes of her struggles and says that that being true to yourself gives you the freedom from fear.

She says, “I know I’ll always be OK because, no matter what, I know who I am.”



In this scene with his son, in the movie The Pursuit of Happiness, Will Smith’s character shares the ultimate wisdom – to not undermine your dreams because of anybody, not even your father.

If ever you feel you cannot do something, remember his words, “If you want something, go get it. Period.”



Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, asks all career seekers to seek opportunities that create an impact rather than running after titles.

For a successful career, you need to care about your coworkers along with what you are working on.

She recommends that if you want to win hearts and minds, then you must work with your heart and mind.



Denzel Washington urges us to embrace failure instead of running away from it.

He challenges us to get used to our failures because everyone fails at something at some point. Failures prove that you are trying, and eventually they help you to lead towards your passion.

He reminds us, “Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.”



Orlando Scampington, in his humorous motivational speech, takes us through various examples to make us believe in our unlimited potential.



I hope all these speeches/words give you strength in times of failures, the boost to perform better than the last time and the faith to believe in yourself.

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