Having lived on a boat for 2.5 years in places with little to no internet, now that I’m on land, I’m thoroughly addicted to Youtube.

And I’m floored.

Anything you want to know, you can learn on YouTube.

Now this isn’t news to the majority of people, YouTube after all, is huge. But as with a lot of abundant resources, we can start to take it for granted. We forget that it’s full of wisdom and instead use it only for videos of baby pandas hugging the legs of enclosure cleanings.

You know what I’m talking about. 

But YouTube is a library. Possibly the world’s most comprehensible and accessible library. It’s free, it’s designed to retain your attention and it contains bite-size chunks of knowledge from thousands of the world’s experts.

I’ve compiled a short list of YouTube videos that will change the way you think about your life, maybe even change your life – in under 20 minutes.

That’s while you’re eating breakfast, or sat on the train to work.

And while YouTube isn’t just about pandas and deep life-changing knowledge (I used it to fix a zip, fix a car and improve my powder skiing), I believe the following videos will immediately inspire you. And inspiration is sometimes all it takes.

YouTube Videos that will change your life

 

1.  How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Fight Mediocrity

FightMediocrity is a YouTube channel that takes concepts or self-help books and breaks them down in cartoon form. The videos are ingenious.

 

2. To reach beyond your limits by training your mind – Marissa Peer

Marissa Peer is a leading psychologist and in this particular talk she explains how we are self-limiting and how to change that.

 

3. 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation – Celeste Headlee

Thanks to our smartphones and laptops, we’re getting collectively worse at conversation. But a good conversation lift our spirits, connect us more deeply to other people and make us happier. Celeste isolates the key points that make a great conversation and no, there’s none of that ‘mimic body language’ or ‘nod often to show you’re listening’ bollocks.

 

4. Why Sitting Down Destroys You – Roger Frampton

Chances are you’ve heard that sitting down is the new smoking. But how many of us remember it on a daily basis? This video might inspire you to get up and do a bit of butt-clenching….watch it, you’ll see what I mean.

 

5. How the Economic Machine Works – Ray Dalio

Okay so I lied, this one is actually 30 minutes. Understanding the economy might sound like it should be left up to experts but…well….really? Understanding money is one of the most important aspects of having money.

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I could continue this list for days but luckily I don’t have to.

YouTube suggests videos matched to your YouTube history so chances are, if you’re watching interesting TedTalks and such like, you’ll be recommended even more.

I can’t be the only one who loves scrolling through the more informative parts of Youtube. If you know of more amazing YouTube videos then let me know!

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