Entertained to death. Inspired to life.

I love being entertained. In my world it feels like entertainment is everywhere. I feel entertained to death…in a good way.

Here’s a few clips that have recently entertained me:

Apparently, it’s called dubstep. This was the first time I had seen this style of dance…’er performance…’er thing. I don’t know what to call it. I just know I can’t do it. But, this guy can. And if you have 5:27 it might be the most entertaining thing you see all day. http://youtu.be/LXO-jKksQkM

My neighbor, Slug of Atmosphere, performed a song titled Became at The Current (89.3) studio. It’s 4:45 of lyrical impressiveness. I so respect this guy’s ability to string rhymes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/21/atmosphere-live/

22 Words. All of it. It delivers on its tag lines of curious, cute, comical, and crazy. This guy churns out more funnier content on a consistent basis as a solitary person than teams of others. If you’ve never delved into the world of 22 words, you may want to set aside a few hours to do so. http://twentytwowords.com/

And I love being inspired. But, inspiration is harder to come by. It’s like trying to find water during the hunger games. You can. It just takes some serious looking. Without it, though, I know I won’t live.

Here are a few of my favorite inspirational movie clips. Granted I’m a sports nut and I am a guy…thus, you get the following:

This a movie clip from Rudy. He didn’t make the dress list. So, he quit. He wanted to run out of that tunnel to prove to everyone that he was somebody. And then one of the great inspirational lines of all time from Fortune. http://youtu.be/27D4k3dCXPg (2:34)

Oh, you are so full of crap. You’re five-feet-nothing, a hundred-and-nothin’, and you got hardly a speck of athletic ability, and you hung in with best college football team in the land for two years. And you’re also going to walk out of here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. In this lifetime you don’t have to prove nothing to nobody except yourself and after what you’ve gone through if you haven’t done that by now it ain’t goin’ never happen. Now go on back.

This is a movie clip from Miracle. Herb Brooks. 1980 Olympics. USA vs. Russia. Enough said. http://youtu.be/tdmyoMe4iHM (5:42)

Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight. One game. If we played them ten times, they might win nine. But, not this game, not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them and we shut them down because we can. Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world…This is your time. There time is done. It’s over…This is your time. Now, go out there and take it!

Finally, there is Bravehearthttp://youtu.be/K3oz0zhEwZk (3:12)

Sons of Scotland…I am William Wallace and I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men. And free men you are. What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?

Crowd: NO!

Man 1: Against that? No! We will run, and we will live.

Aye. Fight, and you may die. Run, and you’ll live at least awhile. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for once chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom? Alba gu bra!

I think what one person sees as entertainment another may see as inspirational. These three movies entertain me. But these speeches inspire me. I love being entertained because of how it can change my day. And I love being inspired because of how it can change my life.

QUESTIONS: What has recently inspired you? Was it a person? Comment? Speech? Clip?

Please, share a comment below and keep the conversation going!

Posted on by Cor in LIFE

4 Responses to Entertained to death. Inspired to life.

  1. hklaers

    Cor,
    A response with a Miracle clip of my own:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEXS8TBd6ug

    I LOVE Mike Eruzione’s guts in this clip. He is willing to see past the pride of his school, unlike all the rest of the team, who had previously identified themselves as playing for Boston, or the University of Minnesota. He is willing to see past those things that set him apart from every other guy on the team. He sees past their differences to the one thing that they share in common, playing together for the USA.

    He sacrificed his reputation, and he did it when he was physically beaten to a pulp. Definitely inspires me.

    • Cor

      No doubt, Hugo. There are so many good moments from that movie.

  2. Joey

    This may be a little off the wall but there are two people who have more or less inspired me lately: Adam Baker from Man Vs. Debt and Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere. I don’t recall how I found each blog but I love following them. Adam and his wife spent 10 months paying down their consumer debt and saving money right after their daughter was born, then traveled through Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand for 10 months before returning home. He’s passionate about living debt-free and travel, two things I’m very keen on. Gary quit his job sometime in his 40s and took off for what he thought would be a year or so. That was 5 years ago and he’s still traveling.

    Both of these guys are making a living off of their sites. It’s not a huge salary but they’ve had a measure of success in monetizing what they love online. This is something that I often think about. I really don’t enjoy the office environment. I work hard and do well at what I do, but it’s not something I’m passionate about in and of itself. I’m passionate about providing for my family and it’s a means to that end. But what if I could do something I’m personally passionate about and still provide for my family? I wonder about that often.

    I also often consider the importance of being grounded. Family, friends, church, accountability, people to hang out with, things to do, etc. These are all things that a grounded community provides that are difficult to impossible in a life of travel. So I don’t mean to say that these two bloggers are inspirations in that I want to do exactly what they’re doing. I’m pretty sure I don’t want that. But it’s the general principle that I find inspiring.

    • Cor

      Wow, Joey.

      That’s exactly what I was hopeful for. I don’t necessarily think inspiration has to come from a dramatic speech in a movie where life/death, winning/losing, etc. hang in the balance. Your examples speak to average guys that have a passion that’s resulted in some pretty cool stuff happening in their lives. Totally inspirational!

      Thanks for commenting!

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