Inspiring

Building a Bionic Leg

Building a Bionic Leg

As biotech advances, the quality of life for disabled people has the potential to improve dramatically. Bloomberg introduces us to engineers from MIT’s Biomechatronics Lab, including Everett Lawson, who had an experimental kind of amputation which lets him directly control a robotic leg and foot with his mind.

Important Songs: Brush Your Teeth

Important Songs: Brush Your Teeth

Filmmaker and musician Tyler Russo presents a depressing reminder of the more mundane and repetitive nature of life in this vocoder saturated video clip he created for Adult Swim. If nothing else, it’ll provide some motivation for you to change things up. Listen to the full song here.

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Just Dance: Able

Just Dance: Able

Choreographer Jacob Jonas teamed up with ILL-Abilities, a breakdancing crew who proves that physical challenges won’t stand in the way of those with a strong will and dedication to their craft. A beautifully shot and inspiring short film from NOWNESS.

Felipe vs. the Loop

Felipe vs. the Loop

Felipe Nunes is a double amputee, but that doesn’t hold him back from his love for skateboarding. In this clip from RIDE Channel, Felipe goes up against his nemesis – a 360º loop he’s been trying to conquer for some time. With the help of some friends and a longer starting ramp, he was able to pull off the dangerous stunt.

You Don’t Need to Be Exceptional

You Don’t Need to Be Exceptional

In some cultures, and even more so in certain households, it’s drilled into our heads that in order to be successful in life, that you MUST be the absolute best. The School of Life is here to remind us that living life well isn’t equated with such lofty goals, and how the pressures of achievement often make our lives worse.

Installing a Living Room Elevator

Installing a Living Room Elevator

Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything is engaged to Cambry Kaylor, who suffered a tragic horseback accident when she was 18, leaving her partially paralyzed. To improve her mobility in their home, he ripped a hole through the second floor, and installed a Stiltz Lifts elevator for her to get up and downstairs with ease.

We Are NASA

We Are NASA

Accompanied by the familiar voice of Dirty Jobs and The Deadliest Catch announcer Mike Rowe, NASA offers up a truly inspiring video that both looks back on its many achievements, and looks forward to pioneering with many new missions. We choose to go to the moon… again!

Why Climb the Highest Mountain?

Why Climb the Highest Mountain?

After Skool reminds us how world leaders can and should inspire humanity, taking President John F. Kennedy’s impressive and memorable 1962 speech about science, discovery, and enlightenment, and illustrating some of its many highlights.

Music of the Spheres

Music of the Spheres

Emic Films introduces us to Wanda Diaz-Merced, an astrophysicist and computer scientist from Puerto Rico who studies the stars not through sight, but through sound. Despite losing her eyesight due to diabetes, she’s as passionate as anyone else in her field.

Unicycling Across China

Unicycling Across China

The idea of riding a bicycle 3400 miles across China is daunting enough, but Ed Pratt did that with one fewer wheel, and carrying his camping gear. In this video, he completes his epic journey as he approaches the Vietnam border. Check out previous episodes from his trip here.

A Life in Numbers

A Life in Numbers

As philosopher Albert Camus said “Life is a sum of all your choices.” In Kingdom of Something’s lighthearted short, they provide some stats about how much of our lives we spend performing everyday tasks, and some of the figures might help you better allocate your time.

Crazy Sh*t

Crazy Sh*t

(PG-13: Language) “And dogs? A few years ago it was a wolf! We just gave it love, and look what happened!” Daniel Koren reminds us of the things we take for granted that would actually blow our minds if we only stopped to appreciate them. Life – it’s a hell of a drug.

Mr. Overton

Mr. Overton

National Geographic introduces us to Richard Overton, America’s oldest living World War II veteran. The 109 year-old drinks whiskey, smokes cigars, and can still walk, talk, and has a valid driver’s license. He’s sharp as a tack, and could teach all of us a thing or two about life.

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The Crash Survivor

The Crash Survivor

(PG-13: Language) In 2012, Doug Wright was in a crash which left him seriously injured. PLGRM explores the impact it had on his marriage, and his contact with Clyde Rowley, the man who caused the accident. Despite his hardships, Doug’s attitude is surprisingly positive.

Stop Wasting Time

Stop Wasting Time

“Good things do NOT come to those who wait, so don’t leave it to fate, your life deserves to be great…” Spoken word artist Gary Turk’s reminds us that every moment we put off doing what we’ve thought about doing is a moment we could be achieving something rewarding.

Climbing without Limbs

Climbing without Limbs

If you’re looking for a source of inspiration, look no further than Kyle Maynard, a man who not only has climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua, but did it as a quadruple-amputee, and without the use of prosthetics. Wow. Just wow.

Tasting Sight

Tasting Sight

A moving short documentary about Andy, a man who lost his vision after a brutal assault, and the fascinating new technology which is helping him to regain his lost sense by sending electrical impulses to his tongue.

The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

Andrew Jones is a serious stud. Not only is he more physically fit than most people we know, he’s a model, and he doesn’t let the fact that he has to live with an artificial heart while he waits for a transplant donor match get him down in the least.

Welcome to Atlantium

Welcome to Atlantium

Atlantium is a tiny self-declared sovereign state about 4 hours from Sydney, Australia, with about 3000 citizens in its current ranks. It was formed in the interest of creating a place where people of all kinds from around the world are welcome, and that values freedom above all.

SickKids vs Undeniable

SickKids vs Undeniable

A kick-ass promotional spot for a kick-ass organization, this spot for the SickKids Foundation at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children features kids and hospital staff doing battle against whatever comes their way, unwilling to give in to disease, illness, or injury.

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Ruben’s Elevator

Ruben’s Elevator

“I’m right here on the first floor. The doors are open. I’m ready for more.” Meet Ruben Pardo, who has worked for 40 years as an elevator operator at an iconic art deco tower in Los Angeles. Dress Code’s charming look at a man dedicated to his work and supporting his family.

Mister Sunshine

Mister Sunshine

When Larry Woods was a millionaire back in the day, he was a self-confessed a-hole. But a single moment set him on the path to discovering true happiness. His new career as a shoeshine man may be humble, but it’s clear that he’s a much better person for it.

In Our Nature

In Our Nature

The latest spoken word performance by Gary Turk reminds us to get outdoors and enjoy what the world has to offer more. It’s a natural next step after his earlier piece about putting our gadgets down for a moment.

We’re The Superhumans

We’re The Superhumans

A fantastic promo for the 2016 Rio Paralympics, packed with amazingly capable people who have overcome physical hardships that could crush one’s spirit, but instead inspired these folks to excel. Be sure to watch the in-depth profile videos too. (Accessible versions here).

Devin Williams: 10,000 Hours

Devin Williams: 10,000 Hours

An injury derailed Devin Williams’ dream of playing high level college hoops, and he ended up in an art university. End of story? Nope. A class assignment unlocked his eye for filmmaking and teaching. Now he’s a YouTube star who has positively impacted many lives.

Fuel Your Hustle

Fuel Your Hustle

In this brief but brilliant promo clip for the new Chevy Cruze, spoken word artist Prince Ea offers up some flowing and inspiring prose about the internal mechanism that drives us to succeed, and how effort and motivation is more valuable than money and book smarts.

Roomba Wheelchair

Roomba Wheelchair

This feral kitten named Cassidy was born without rear paws, but thanks to the fine folks at TinyKittens, he’s doing quite well. After trying prosthetics and a wheelchair rig, Cassidy has a new conveyance that he loves best. He owes Shark Roomba Cat a debt of gratitude.

Jungle Pilots Are Superheroes

Jungle Pilots Are Superheroes

Inspired by Bill & Melinda Gates’ letter about superheroes, Destin of SmarterEveryDay met up with some of his idols. The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flies to remote locations to deliver medicine, food and other valuables to people in need.

Wheelchair Snowplow

Wheelchair Snowplow

Iraq war veteran Justin Anderson has faced serious hardships, including an amputated leg and a battle with brain cancer. But that hasn’t stopped him from helping others. Brian has modified his off-road wheelchair so he can plow the snow from his neighbors’ sidewalks.

Elevatours

Elevatours

Andrew Reams aka DieselDucy has Asperger syndrome. One of his fixations is elevators, and for the past eight years he’s been uploading “elevatours” on YouTube. Eventually, it became a way for him to reach out to other people with autism and help lift up their spirits.

For All the Good Times

For All the Good Times

Army veteran Ian Parkinson lost both of his legs while protecting our freedom. If that weren’t daunting enough, Ian loves skateboarding. After a long recovery, he has found his way back to the skate park once more, thanks to his astoundingly positive attitude. (Thanks Nick!)

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