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Top 10 Motivational Movies Every Student Should Watch



Dead Poets Society (1989)

We all love inspirational movies. They make us laugh, they make us cry, and they make us cheer. We love to root for the underdog tramping in the face of adversity, or a human propaganda film that really gets under the skin, and gives that surge of feeling that always brings us back for more. Inspirational movies are the perfect pick-me-up for students struggling to keep a grip on their life/study balance, and who might be facing motivation issues.

Here are the Top 10 Motivational Movies Every Student Should Watch.

10. Friday Night Lights (2004)

Friday Night Lights (2004)

The brilliant TV series might be remembered more fondly and more definitively, but the movie that inspired it is just as excellent. Based on the 1988 book, it’s a tightly condensed version of the TV show following the Panthers football team as they try to reach the state finals while dealing with bullying, racism, and parental pressures.

9. Field of Dreams (1989)

Field of Dreams (1989)

Kevin Costner struck Hollywood gold when he made this fantasy baseball drama, which focuses as much on the ghosts of the past as it does on the present. Costner plays ‘Ray’ a local farmer who we quickly discover had a troubled relationship with his dad. One night in a cornfield Ray hears a voice whispering, “Build it and he will come.” The rest of the movie is motivational cinema at its very best.

8. Billy Elliot (2000)

Billy Elliot (2000)

Since its original release, Billy Elliot has taken on a life of its own, both on screen and on stage. It is a political movie with heart and fire as one boy’s dream drags him out of the violent shell of his wretched, working-class existence. Billy finds his true identity in a ballet class run by Mrs. Wilkinson, (played by the brilliant Julie Walters). Sure, it all sounds terribly cliché, but the movie is so well made its message still sings to this day.

7. Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Is t’easy to dismiss this American epic as a sickly sweet by-the-numbers fictional romance, but director Robert Zemeckis’ movie is perfectly crafted and is both emotional and inspirational. Gump leads an extraordinary life, which takes in running, football, JFK, running, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and more running. But these are all just chapters to frame the actual story; his love for a girl called Jenny.

6. Shindler’s List (1993)

Shindler's List (1993)

When Steven Spielberg took on the 1982 Booker Prize-winning book, many thought this was one movie too far even for him. You can just imagine wrong people were. The story of Oscar Shindler is now, thanks to this film, a universal one. It’s the story about one man’s stand against a seemingly unending tide of tyranny and human tragedy. Expertly crafted, Shindler’s List is a must-see historical and emotional tour-de-force.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Gregory Peck, an actor who represented the American Dream and who in Atticus Finch showed us a man who would fight injustice with dignity, strength, and most of all, politeness. Based on the Harper Lee book, the movie is a stunning, inspirational work; the story of a young Afro-American accused of raping and beating a young white girl is a critical watershed moment in cinema history. The film deals with race, childhood, and more.

4. Dead Poets Society (1989)

Dead Poets Society (1989)

One of the most emotional movies about education and the right of young people to have a say in their own lives that you are ever likely to see. The story focuses on a young group of prep school pupils as they meet their new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams). This is one movie that will make you cry and stand up and take on the world and inspires just as much as it hurts.

3. Rocky (1976)

Rocky (1976)

We have several sports movies on this list, but with Rocky, we have one of the most inspirational underdog stories. The fact that this low budget film still resonates as strongly as it does today, over 40-years after its initial release, speaks volumes. Small-time boxer and loan shark enforcer Rocky has a heart of gold but who has never had any breaks in life. In fact, we see him regularly beaten down. Yet he still wakes every morning with the hope of wooing shy pet shop worker, Adrian. Rocky is someone we can honestly root for and maybe, just maybe see a little bit of ourselves in the no-hoper pugilist.

2. Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The much-loved Shawshank Redemption is the archetypical endurance in the face of adversity movie. It’s about hopes and dreams even in the worst circumstances, and the resilience and defiance when faced with the irresistible appeal of giving up. Andy Dufresne is a man wrongly accused of murder that finds his strength by having everything taken away from him.

The story resonates precisely because of the injustice he endures, and the film expertly layers on the sense of despair when Andy’s student is murdered to cover up information that would free him. Shawshank is a heartwarming yet hard classic about friendship and an excellent metaphor for dealing with life.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Maybe the fact that the longevity of this movie has transcended the decade it was made, but it’s still considered a festive classic that can make little children and grown adults cry and laugh, and shows that sometimes, latency is no bad thing. The movie is remembered mainly as a heartwarming experience but is actually about endurance, misery, and the reasons we all accept misery, whether it’s for the sake of our family, love, or community. It’s not like the hapless hero’s life really changes by the end, but his mentality does. A movie with a message as pure as the driven snow: grin, bear it and see beauty in all of life.


5 Things to Consider When You Feel Like Quitting



5 Things to Consider When You Feel Like Quitting

It can be easy to feel like quitting in life sometimes, especially when you are taking on particularly challenging goals. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you just have to keep pushing on no matter what. The more persistent you are, the more successful you are going to be. In this article you will find a number of helpful things to consider when you begin thinking about quitting whatever you are trying to do. These things can help keep you going when it seems like there is no reason to continue.

You Are Doing it for a Reason

Always keep in mind that you are doing what you are doing for a reason. By remembering this you will be able to keep yourself going no matter how hard things become. Also, you will want to think about all of the different reasons that you have set out to accomplish your goal in the first place. It might even be a good idea to make a physical list that you can look at when you start doubting your ability to make it through.

A lot of people tend to give up on their goals because they lose sight of why they attempted to accomplish them in the first place. By having this list of reasons, you will be able to keep yourself on track even through the most challenging times. There are probably going to be some periods where you are going to feel like it’s just not worth it anymore, which is when you will need to look at your reasons for starting.

It’s Okay to Fail

The last thing you want to do is to adopt the “failure is unacceptable” outlook, because it will only serve to frustrate you beyond belief. Everyone fails sometimes, and it can be a great learning experience if you allow it. And while failure is okay, you don’t want to quit just because you are scared of not succeeding. You never want to give yourself permission to quit, but sometimes knowing that it’s okay to fail takes some of the stress and pressure off of your shoulders.

These days a lot of people believe that failure is a sign of weakness and shouldn’t be tolerated, but it’s an incredibly important part of getting down the road to success. The pressure that people put on themselves to succeed is actually one of the more common reasons why they end up quitting. After all, it is a lot easier to just quit than to keep going. But if you quit you will never even give yourself the chance of succeeding and feeling that amazing sense of accomplishment.

Your Fear is a Lie

Fear is a very real feeling that all people experience, but your brain often lies to you by blowing things out of proportion so as to help you weasel your way out of a tough situation. You just don’t have to stick it through and keep going, even though you are afraid of what could happen. When you realize your fear is unfounded and unproductive, you can start to overcome it. You will never get anywhere if you allow yourself to be controlled by fear.

While it’s true that fear can sometimes be a good motivator, it can also be very destructive when you are trying to accomplish your goals. If you ever find yourself on the verge of quitting something you’ve been trying to do for a while, remember that your fear has no control over you unless you let it. We can all learn something important form the fear we feel when we are trying to accomplish our goals.

You Could Need Some Assistance

There is always the chance that you need some help from another person, and there is absolutely no shame in that. We all need help with what you are trying to accomplish sometimes, and those who can’t admit that usually end up quitting. There’s nothing wrong with asking for assistance once in a while, especially when you are getting overwhelmed.

Nobody can do everything by themselves, so it therefore stands to reason that you should be willing to ask when something is too much for you alone. There are many situations in life where help is not only a good thing but necessary. If you keep refusing to accept help in life, you are never going to get anymore. While it is important to be independent, you also have to admit when you need help with something.

How Much You Will Regret the Decision

You should also think about how much you are going to regret quitting afterwards. It might seem like a good idea in the moment, but in the end you are just going to beat yourself up over it. Most people who quit what they are trying to do feel horrible about themselves afterwards, so it’s just not worth it.

Keep in mind how you have felt in the past when you’ve quit so that you can keep yourself from doing it again. Nobody wants to be filled with remorse, and quitting is the surest way to get there. As long as you keep this in mind, you should have no problem whatsoever with marching on.

Final Thoughts

It can be extremely tempting to quit, especially when what you are trying to do is very difficult in so many ways. But as long as you take the time to consider all of the above mentioned things, it will be much easier to keep going until you succeed. Failure is an inevitable part of life that you cannot avoid, but the same cannot be said for quitting. The fact is that quitting is a choice, and it’s one that you should always avoid. The right mindset can do wonders for those who tend to quit when things get hard, so it’s all about your mental outlook.

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How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight: 8 Powerful Tips



How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight 8 Powerful Tips

If you’re struggling to lose weight fast then you probably know how frustrating it can be.

Maybe you’ve tried weight loss exercises or you’ve placed yourself on a special weight loss diet but just when you think you’re on track to shedding your targeted pounds you suddenly find yourself off track again; at this point you feel like giving up and heading straight for the nearest fast food outlet.

Or perhaps you’re considering the use of weight loss supplements or even weight loss surgery.

Well, here’s the good news.

Losing weight is more than about eating less and living a disciplined life.

Don’t only think about the ways of losing weight. Here are 8 powerful psychology-based tips to keep you motivated and make hitting your weight loss goals a lot easier.

1. Ask yourself why you want to lose weight

So many of us lose weight for the wrong reasons. Or the reasons we decide to lose weight are simply not inspiring enough.

This is why the initial cause for why you want to lose weight is a crucial factor in helping you to stay motivated. Losing weight is challenging enough as it is, and if you don’t have the necessary inspiration you’re going to find it even harder.

2. Think carefully about how much weight you want to lose

Of course, how much weight you are trying to lose also plays a role in the success or failure of your weight loss regime. A target loss of say, 5 pounds isn’t very inspiring and may actually be more difficult to achieve than losing three or four times that amount.

Setting yourself the goal of losing 30, 40, 50 or more pounds of fat is a big undertaking and it’s going to take a lot of work, dedication, diligence, and willpower. It’s a big goal but the reason you’re doing it is also big. Losing five pounds, however, might not even get noticed, and is so very easy to put back on.

3. Don’t set a weight loss goal, create a weight loss vision

Can you already picture the difference losing weight can make in your life? Creating a clear vision of how you’re going to look in the mirror 6 months from now, and a year from now will help you make a substantial and sustainable change.

Remember, you’re aiming for an adjustment to your lifestyle and not just a quick fix. Shedding enough weight from your body will not only just boost your self-confidence in how you feel and look, it will also make a difference in so many other aspects of your life; your relationships and at work. And of course, it will greatly improve your health.

4. Avoid losing weight for the wrong reasons

Bad reasons for losing weight can be because you have a wedding coming up, a high school graduation or a reunion, or any other kind of event where you feel the need to impress other people.

This approach is almost guaranteed to fail.

Okay, it might get you motivated in the short term, but it changes nothing in the psychology of why you are losing weight, or why you keep losing sight of your weight loss vision.

5. Make a list of your top three reasons to lose weight

Sit down and write a list of your top three reasons why you want to lose weight. Ask yourself what is really going to change once you’ve succeeded and write vivid and detailed answers.

Be honest with yourself.

If, for example, you want to get back into the dating scene and think that losing weight will improve your chances of meeting someone then write that down. If you’d like to excel at a certain sport and your goal is to win a trophy, put it on the list. This will help you solidify your weight loss vision, strengthen your motivation and keep you on track when the going gets tough.

6. Be prepared for the long haul

Losing weight takes time. Even though you might have that initial rush of motivation, which is great, but you also need to sustain it because losing weight takes months.

If we’re talking about losing any serious amount of weight then you should understand that shedding more than one or two pounds per week is probably an unrealistic goal, and is certainly an unhealthy one. If you do lose more, then you’re losing water and not actual weight. Also, it will usually take any kind of diet a couple of weeks to kick in before you start to notice the impact.

7. Use quiet time to bolster your weight loss vision

It has been proven that meditation can help you lose weight. But you don’t have to become a yoga guru/master to make your weight loss a reality.

Spend 5 to 10 minutes every morning or evening, or whenever you have some quiet time, to just close your eyes and visualize how you’re going to look in the mirror and in photographs. How are people going to react to the new you? How are you going to feel about yourself and how is your health going to improve?

Whatever your motivations are, picture them in vivid detail. This will get your subconscious into gear and help you create the mindset you need to reduce weight.

Sustainable weight loss not just about exercise and diet, it is also about getting the psychology right. Program your subconscious to align with your weight reduction goals and in a matter of weeks, your body will begin to correspond with what your mind is trying to achieve.

8. Use the affirmation technique to stay motivated

Adding affirmations to your 5 or 10 minute daily visualizations are also a great way of staying motivated. Affirmations are basically short phrases or statements about what you are trying to achieve.

Say them as though you have already achieved your goal. This might at first feel a little silly, but it is a tried and trusted technique often used by professional athletes who want to reach peak performance and when used consistently they really do work.

For example, if your weight loss goal is 170 pounds, then you would say to yourself every morning, “I weigh 170 pounds. I look great at 170 pounds. I feel great at 170 pounds. I like being 170 pounds…” etc. etc.

Repeat the phrase to yourself whenever you picture your future, leaner, fitter, healthier self. Of course, visualization and affirmation on their own will not remove fat from your body.

You’ll still have a lot of hard work ahead of you, including going to the gym, dieting, and you’re going to have to be consistent while doing all that. But affirmations can add a level of certainty to your weight loss vision, and over time they’ll inspire you to keep motivated enough to reach your desired goal.


Losing weight is not easy, and keeping it off is sometimes even harder. It can be a long, uncomfortable process, but like anything else worth striving for, success can have a huge, positive impact on just about every aspect of your life.

Remember, motivation is the reason for the way you behave or act in a particular way. These 8 tips will help build that motivation and keep it going when you really feel like giving up.

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5 Real Life Motivational Stories to Help You Study Harder



5 Real Life Motivational Stories to Help You Study Harder

Let’s face it, studying is hard work. But if you’re honest with yourself you know that all the effort will pay off in the end. Doing well in school will mean you have a better chance of getting the career you really want. Okay, so you knew that already.

But did you know that someone who studies harder and more effectively is far more likely to become a better person too?

You may ask, how?

Industrious students are better prepared for higher levels of education and training. They are more likely to develop lasting and positive habits. That’s why it goes without saying that doing well in school will help you find your true passion. It will also encourage you to establish yourself as an individual.

But wait, there’s more:

Achieving a good education empowers you to fully participate in your civic environment; it will make you a more effective consumer as well as maximize your career options in life.

In other words, if you study harder and more effectively, you will MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the world around you.

No one said it’s going to be easy. There will be times when you’ll feel like giving up. Don’t.

History is filled with famous people who failed before they achieved their goals. At times, they too struggled with a chronic lack of motivation and self-doubt and felt they would never realize their goals and dreams.

But they stuck at it, and we can all thank them for making our world a better place.

Here are just a 5 of those people who despite hardship, won through to become the greatest and best in their fields– not by giving in, but by wrestling the proverbial quill from the hand of fate and using it to write their own stories.

1. Winston Churchill

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was an army officer, a writer, and a British statesman who went on to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.

Churchill is famous for leading the British people through some of their darkest hours when they stood against Nazi Germany in the Second World War, but did you know that he failed sixth grade? And not only that, Churchill suffered defeat at every public role he ever ran for and didn’t get to be Prime Minister until he reached the ripe age of 62.

2. Thomas Edison

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Born in Ohio in 1847, Thomas Alva Edison was once told by his teachers that he was “…too stupid to learn anything,” and that he “should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality”.

As a child, Edison suffered from scarlet fever, but that never stopped him from playing with the chemistry lab his mother had set up for him in the basement—a fact that made his father very nervous.

Edison invented the telegraph, the universal stock ticker, the phonograph, alkaline storage batteries, and the Kinetograph (a motion picture camera), but he experimented with over 1,000 light bulbs before he created one that actually worked. Today, he is regarded as America’s leading businessman and greatest inventor.

3. R.H. Macy

“Be everywhere, do everything, and never fail to astonish your peers.”

R.H. Macy not only created a giant department store, he changed the way retail stores worked forever. Born in 1822, the fourth of six children to a Quaker family in Nantucket, Macy began working on a whaling ship when he was just 15-years-old.

After six years he married and turned his hand to retail. Macy opened four dry good stores in Haverhill, Massachusetts, between 1843 and 1855. They all failed. But Macy kept up the hard work and ended up with the biggest department store in the world.

4. Walt Disney

“The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.”

Walter Elias Disney came from humble beginnings. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1901, much of his childhood was spent traveling across the Midwest while his father searched for work.

The young Disney’s first job was a newspaper route where he would get up at 4:30 every morning to deliver The Times before going to school and then repeating the round for the Evening Star after school.

For a while, Disney worked door-to-door as a vacuum cleaner salesman, and when he finally landed a job as a cartoonist it didn’t last long; Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because his ‘lack of imagination and his failure to come up with good ideas.’ Several of Disney’s business ventures failed before success arrived in the form of his movie Snow White.

A movie that without which, most of our childhoods would never be the same.

5. J.K. Rowling

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”

The creator of Harry Potter went from being unemployed and living on welfare to becoming a multi-millionaire in just five years. But life before her success was hard for Joanne Rowling. Born in the English town of Yate in 1965, her early years were marked by a difficult relationship with her father and dealing with the illness of her mother.

Rejected from Oxford in 1982, Rowling received her Bachelor of Arts in Classics and French from Exeter University, before moving to London to work for Amnesty International.

The death of her mother, a marriage to an abusive husband, pregnancy, birth of her daughter, separation, and divorce followed. At one point the penniless Rowling was forced to move in with her sister who lived in the Scottish Edinburgh.

And all the while her masterpiece of children’s literature was being rejected by one major publishing house after another, 12 in total. Yet despite it all, in 2004, Forbes magazine declared JK the first author to become a billionaire through book writing.

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