The terms motivation and inspiration can mean different things to different people. The sites listed below represent a comprehensive list of web sites where we can find inspiration or motivation to help keep us moving toward our dreams.
This list is not in any particular order, but if you want to let me know which ones you feel are the top 10 – I can always rearrange the order.
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading through their video website.
It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
TEDTalks is where you will find the best video talks and performances from TED conferences, TEDx and partner events — and the best talks of the web.
An inspirational how-to website for artists, writers, and creativity enthusiasts at all skill levels featuring free prompts, insightful articles, and hand-selected instructional Web resources on hundreds of topics to encourage the exploration of personal creativity.
Creativity Portal features the voices of today’s creativity leaders and has been named one of the 101 Best Web sites for creativity for multiple years by Writer’s Digest magazine.
When you need that extra boost of creativity, spend some time on this website.
The website of Eldad Hagar, who has been rescuing animals with his wife Audrey in the L.A. area for many years.
His viral YouTube Videos of his wild and amazing rescue missions have inspired people all over the world to rescue and adopt abandoned and abused animals.
This is a must-see website.
I warn you — bring Kleenex.
Beliefnet is the largest spiritual web site. They are independent and not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement.
Their only agenda is to help people meet their spiritual needs with a wide variety of resources for anyone of any faith.
It’s a place to find great quotes, meditation help, and answers to questions about all religions. It is a reminder that by seeking first to understand all faiths that we can be understood ourselves.
The website of John Wooden, who coached UCLA to a remarkable 10 national basketball championships in 12 years.
Wooden was a man of great character, conviction, decency, and straightforwardness.
He offers his pyramid for success on his website. He is so beloved that he was invited to speak at TED.
It was such a great loss to lose Jon Wooden on June 4, 2010. he will always be remembered as one of the greatest coaches that ever lived.
The American Academy of Achievement’s website has extensive collection of exclusive, first-person interviews with its honorees is available to parents, teachers and students.
The online Virtual Museum also features a Gallery of Achievement that includes video footage of insightful discussions.
Sometimes you may stumble onto someone you had no idea was doing so much for the world at large.
Jack Canfield is affectionately known as “America’s #1 Success Coach.”
He has studied and reported on what makes successful people different.
In this is part of his website he offers free resources from his book, The Success Principles: How To get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be.
You should also recognize him from “The Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.
This is the website of Jennifer Louden who is considered the contemporary voice of women’s comfort and best-selling author, personal coach, and speaker who provides women with the information, inspiration, and tools to create lives they love.
Follow her Serve and Savor Experiment and get free goodies, discounts, etc. by signing up for her weekly or monthly updates on her website.
Jennifer is a reminder to stop everyday and savor the moments.
Laughter Yoga is an exercise routine for a complete well-being workout. It was developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India.
A worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 social Laughter Clubs in about 60 countries, this is their website full of ways to Laugh For No Reason.
I promise you will laugh if you stop by and check out this website!
Debbie Ford passed away on February 18, 2013. She was a #1 New York Times best-selling author and an internationally recognized expert in the field of personal transformation and human potential.
Debbie’s first three books, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Spiritual Divorce and The Secret of the Shadow, are still known as groundbreaking, pioneering work in emotional and spiritual education.
This listing links to the mediation portion of her website where she offers 4 free audio meditations. We keep her listing here to honor the work she did for the world while briefly inhabiting this earth.
Part of the Gratefulness website where you can light a candle for special someone and view candles left by others. Every day thousands of people from all over the world light virtual candles at this website.
12,450,482 candles have been lit from 243 countries. In many different traditions lighting candles is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places.
You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this website. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend.
Try it — it’s wonderful!
HealYourLife.com is the fastest growing personal growth and self-help Web site. They invite you to stop by when you need to regroup, recharge, and reconnect with your own magnificence.
Check out the section on Inspiration.
At HealYourLife.com, you will meet the world’s foremost best-selling authors and leading experts who will share their secrets, their experience, their personal stories, and their wisdom so you can start to live the life you have always dreamed of now!
A website devoted to Inspirational quotes.
World of Inspiration is filled with inspirational and motivational quotations on attitude and outlook, character, enthusiasm, friendship, happiness, hope and dreams, kindness, leadership, life, love and more… anytime you need inspiration just stop by and read their quote for the day.
It’s like a quiet moment of meditation in the sea of Internet information.
The website of Conservation International (CI) showcasing their tireless efforts to ensure a healthy and productive planet for us all.
Their mission is to build upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.
From their website: We help communities, countries and societies protect tropical forests, lush grasslands, rivers, wetlands, abundant lakes and the sea. Only through properly valuing the essential services these ecosystems provide can we create a sustainable development path that will benefit all people for generations to come.
Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
They let you loan money to low income entrepreneurs for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Just stopping by this site will inspire you to go after your dreams.
The Online Meditation Center is a user-friendly site, created to provide clear, easy, concise meditation instruction to people everywhere. Guided meditations are available too.
If you are just learning to meditate, you’ll find everything necessary to get started quickly and easily. If you are already practicing meditation, you may discover new methods to deepen your practice. A variety of meditation techniques are included on the site, each producing its own unique experiences and benefits.
17. JibJab - www.jibjab.com
JibJab is a digital media company dedicated to making funny things worth sharing.
From political satires like the 2004 smash hit This Land, to offbeat Sendables® eCards and personalized Starring You!® videos, their insanely audacious goal is to help people share more laughs than any other company in the history of the world.
The JibJab company consists of the best artists, comedians, writers, musicians, performers, technologists and business people to produce world-class original entertainment on the Internet.
The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for the Web named Planet Billard as the People’s Voice Winner for the Best Personal Website of 2007.
Planet Billard is the web site for George Billard, a leading Producer, Director and Cinematographer.
The web site is a showcase of Mr. Billard’s video and photography from around the world and includes a Biography, Stock Footage, Dispatches from his world travels and a Video Blog.
19. TOMS Shoes – www.tomsshoes.com
This is the website of TOMS Shoes. TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need.
While competing on the second season of The Amazing Race with his sister, Tom’s Shoes owner, Blake Mycoskie visited Argentina. He returned there on vacation in January 2006 and had the idea to develop a shoe company where for every pair sold, a new pair would be donated to a child in need of shoes.
Blake had once said of his revelation, “I was sitting on a farm pondering life, and it occurred to me, ‘I’m going to start a shoe company, and for every pair that we sell, I’ll give a pair to someone who needs them.” Mycoskie took to wearing the local alpargata shoes. After Mycoskie noticed the numerous children without shoes in the poorer villages, he returned to the United States and sold his online driver education company to self-finance the shoe company. (Wikipedia)
The website of one of the Internet’s most beautiful collections of inspirational quotes, poetry and short stories. Updated with an inspirational message every week.
Inspiration Peak is the world’s favorite place to get inspired. Inspiration Peak is popular with both men and women.
It’s considered a ‘favorite’ by doctors and college students and retired grandmothers. It’s appeal is universal, regardless of age, ethnicity, income, religion or education.
A website community of faith dedicated to sharing beliefs and experiences with anyone seeking answers to spiritual questions. Explore Faith is a community of faith dedicated to sharing their beliefs and experiences with anyone seeking answers to spiritual questions.
Launched in 1999, Explorefaith.org is a non-profit organization with a growing list of Partner Churches that support its mission and development. Explorefaith.org and its associates are deeply committed to ongoing spiritual formation for people of all ages and all backgrounds, living in countries around the world.
This website shares the experiences of poet and writer, Kwame Dawes.
It illustrates his experiences and conversations with people affected by HIV in Jamaica and examines the ways in which the disease has shaped their lives.
“Very inspiring presentation, poetry, music and visuals. Spend some time here. Powerful multimedia storytelling.” (Multimediashooter)
The Emmy-award winning website for personal development and life-changing information.
The world’s leading authors, speakers, and experts have been aggregated into one channel to make their highly valued and life-changing information available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, directly into your home or office for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone.
Over 300 online training programs with the legends of the self improvement industry. Create a winning mindset. Get ahead and stay ahead. Turn time into money.
A website dedicated to the news stories in large photographs from the Boston Globe.
Three times a week, Boston.com’s Alan Taylor posts a series of big, beautiful pictures depicting stories currently in the news. “Beautiful” doesn’t always do these photographs justice. These photo-journalistic images from a variety of professional sources are frequently the best ways to illustrate stories as diverse as the destructive California wildfires and recent floods, the majesty of the surface of Mars, and the gory spectacle of the running of the bulls in Pamplona. (PC Mag)
The website of Matt Harding, an Internet celebrity known as Dancing Matt for his viral videos that show him dancing in front of landmarks and street scenes in various international locations.
Harding was known by his friends for a particular dance, and while video recording each other in Vietnam, his travel companion suggested he add the dance. The videos were uploaded to his website for friends and family to enjoy. His first video was passed around by e-mail and eventually became viral, with his server getting 20,000 or more hits a day as it was discovered, generally country by country due to language barriers, before the launch of major video upload sites. (Wikipedia).
This is one of Catherine’s favorite people and websites on the Internet.
MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate — and graduate-level courses online, partly free and openly available to anyone, anywhere, by the end of the year 2007.
MIT OpenCourseWare can be considered as a large-scale, web-based publication of MIT course materials. The project was announced in October 2002 and adopts Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. The initiative has inspired a number of other institutions to make their course materials available as open educational resources. (Wikipedia)
A website devoted to sensible personal finance by sharing stories about debt elimination, saving money, and practical investing.
Get Rich Slowly was named a best blog of 2011 by Time magazine and most inspiring money blog by Money magazine.
You will not find any get-rich-quick schemes here.
Nor will you find multi-level marketing fads or hot stock tips. Instead, you’ll find daily information about personal finance and related topics.
From the Do Lectures website: The idea is a simple one— that people who Do things can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things, too. So each year we invite a set of people down here to come and tell us what they Do.
They can be small Do’s or big Do’s or just extraordinary Do’s. But when you listen to their stories, they light a fire in your belly to go and Do your thing, your passion, the thing that sits in the back of your head each day, just waiting, and waiting for you to follow your heart.
To go find your cause to fight, your company to start, your invention to invent, your book to write, your mountain to climb. The one thing the Doers of the world Do, apart from Do amazing things, is to inspire the rest of us to go and Do amazing things too. They are fire-starters.
Make sure you check out their videos!
29. Seth Godin – www.sethgodin.com
Seth Godin is an American entrepreneur, author and public speaker. He popularized the topic of permission marketing. This is his website and blog — considered the go-to for business marketing information.
Seth Godin has written thirteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. (Seth)
American Way Magazine calls him, “America’s Greatest Marketer,” and his blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual.
Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an online magazine rack of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple.
Kawasaki is the best-selling author of ten books including Enchantment, Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way.
He is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and Apple Fellow. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984. He is also a well-known blogger. Catherine is probably his biggest fan.
31. FreeRice.com – www.freerice.com
FreeRice.com is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Program. Free Rice gives quiz questions where every correct answer donates 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.
Free Rice has two goals: 1. Provide education to everyone for free, and 2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that visitors to this website helped provide.
32. Life – www.life.com
Life magazine online claims to have the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the Web at their website.
These are the photos you won’t forget.
Taken by the world’s top photographers and curated by LIFE editors, they tell the story of our times our heroes, our stars, our celebrations and heartbreak, the events etched in our memory and the small moments that make life sweet.
When you find a photo you like, you’ll be able to share it, print it, and sometimes even buy it.
33. Poetry Daily – www.poems.com
The Poetry Daily website is an anthology of contemporary poetry. Each day, they bring you a new poem from new books, magazines, and journals.
Poems are chosen from the work of a wide variety of poets published or translated in the English language.
Poetry Daily’s most eminent poets are represented, as well as poets who are less well known.
The daily poem is selected for its literary quality and to provide you with a window on a very broad range of poetry offered annually by publishers large and small. Included with each poem is information about the poet and the poem’s source.
34. Avaaz – www.Avaaz.com
Avaaz meaning “voice” in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages launched in 2007.
Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change.
Their model of Internet organising allows thousands of individual efforts, however small, to be rapidly combined into a powerful collective force.
Each year, Avaaz sets overall priorities through all-member polls (See 2012 poll results here), and campaign ideas are polled and tested weekly to 10,000-member random samples—and only initiatives that find a strong response are taken to scale. Campaigns that do reach the full membership are then super-charged by, often, hundreds of thousands of Avaaz members taking part within days or even hours.
After years of traveling, Boris Kester decided to make his pictures and stories of his extensive travel experiences available to the world.
“Traveling makes me feel alive. What is more: travel is life.”
“Travel is about yearning, about realizing dreams, being excited about new discoveries, about cherishing special memories of an experience.”
“Travel means to meet people, to discover habits in far away places, to connect.”
“Travel means highlights, but there is always the possibility of adversity, of problems, of lows – basically, challenges on the road ahead.” (Boris Kester)
The 99% is Behance’s research arm and think tank.
Taking its name from Thomas Edison’s famous quote that genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration, the 99% includes a daily web magazine, an annual conference, and the best-selling book, Making Ideas Happen.
Through articles, tips, videos, and events, this cool website shares best practices that help creative professionals move beyond idea generation into idea execution.
The website of one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world.
Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history.
But the amazing images are what we really go there to see.
The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has produced over 3000 works of art in the past 25 years.
Explore some of the works on their website, and discover the stories and people that inspired them.
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.
39. What I Made – www.whatimade.com
‘What I Made’ is a quirky arts and crafts blog containing an eclectic mix of illustration, decor, gadgets and tutorials all created by Scott Bedford.
As a kid Scott was obsessed with drawing crazy machines. As he got older he tried to build them. As he got older still, well, he got a job. Now, he has of his own, and his love of making things has been rekindled.
So he created www.whatimade.com as a place where he can share the things he makes, and show others how to make make them too.
Time revises every taste and closes every gap. To observe the Young@Heart Chorus, a fluctuating group of about two dozen singers whose average age is 80, perform “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees in Stephen Walker’s documentary “Young@Heart” is to be uplifted, if slightly unsettled.
Sung by people approaching the end of their lives, the song is no longer about strutting through the urban jungle with your elbows out; it is a blunt survival anthem. These singers, most of them well- rehearsed amateurs, refuse to go gently into that good night. For them music is oxygen.
This website makes me want to be a better person … and I loved the movie about them.
Never Thirst has a two fold mission: First is to provide bottle water to areas that have been hit by a natural disasters.
Secondly, is to provide hope to those in need through the life changing message of Jesus Christ.
Yes. A religious message. But I still like this site and cause.
Expedition Titanic is a mission to preserve the Ship for all time by documenting the wreck site with high-definition images and video.
Actual artifacts, recovered from two and one half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic, tell the story behind the legendary Titanic’s short journey from construction and destruction to eventual recovery.
From the website: RMS Titanic, Inc is committed to engaging the global community in Titanic’s story from its beginnings in 1909, her maiden voyage in 1912, the tragedy of her sinking, the aftermath of the countless lives that were inexorably altered and to the unfolding discoveries of the 21st century.
Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book and digital media publisher in the world. Originally called Lonely Planet Publications, the company changed its name to Lonely Planet in July 2009 to reflect its broad travel industry offering and the emphasis on digital products.
After Let’s Go Travel Guides, it was one of the first series of travel books aimed at backpackers and other low-cost travelers.
Just staring at the site makes you want to pack your bags and go.
This is the website of Dilshan Arukatti, interactive art director and motion designer based in Paris, France.
Are you a graphic designer or web designer looking for inspiration?
You MUST check this site out.
“Change perceptions and reach the unconsciousness,” Dilshan Arukatti
45. Earth Cam – www.earthcam.com
The Earthcam website features locations around the world via web-cam. If you are yearning to travel but don’t have the time or the budget, then you can search for your location and view it live via web-cam. The award winning website (Webby Award Winner Tourism) is viewed by fans in 192 countries and ranks among the top 1% of all websites.
Throughout the years, EarthCam.com has become famous for its Times Square Cams and various scenic destination cameras. The website continues to expand its exclusive network of webcams, adding new live cameras every month, which include views of the Abbey Road Crossing in London made famous by The Beatles, the glitz and glamor of Hollywood Boulevard in California and the World Trade Center construction at Ground Zero in New York City.
The Project Gutenberg website is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or e-books. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and passed away on September, however, his project continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.
Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free e-books to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, IOS or other portable device. You can choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats. PG carries high quality e-books: All their e-books were previously published by bona-fide publishers.
The website of the Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions.
Since 1975, they’ve been headquartered in Sausalito, CA in the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Parks, and have rescued and treated more than 16,000 marine mammals.
The research team consists of veterinarians and biologists, who conduct not only medical diagnosis and intervention, but also publish scientific reports on marine animal health in relation to the Pacific Ocean’s environmental chemistry. They collaborate with other selected technology centers to provide vital information on disease, immunological systems and environment effects. (Wikipedia)
A dream achievement site is packed with motivational and inspirational tips by 8 women as we discuss what it is like to go after our biggest dreams.
We’d like to encourage those that feel it’s too late, or they don’t know how, or are afraid to dream to join us on our journey as we prove that it is possible to find your greatest life purpose and fulfill you dream life no matter where you are starting the journey from.
Okay …come on! I had to put 8 Women Dream in here!
What websites or blogs do you find inspirational or motivational? Have we missed one?
Let me know and I’ll expand this list for you.
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