3 Motivational speeches to help break depression and become a better you

Fernando Diaz
4 min readJan 3, 2022


Life isn’t easy, there are lots of events which interfere with our happiness and well-being, however adversity causes us to grow. We not only become stronger, but also better people in general.

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There are times in my life when I am feeling down and depressed. I can’t find meaning in life, but I keep on and pushed myself towards a better life.

I very much believe that we are the creators of our own happiness and if we want, we do what it takes to attain it, but we need goals and meaning. We also need to be able to endure what life throws at us, since there will always be ups and downs.

“Don’t take my word for it, go ahead and watch these videos”

Live life like you are the hero in your own story — Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan is a is an American podcaster, UFC color commentator, comedian, actor, and former television presenter. You may have seen him on Fear Factor, or listened to his podcast.

The main points I take from this video are:

  • Pretend you are the protagonist in the start of a movie where your life is a total disaster. Then progress through the movie (your life) making steps to become the hero. Get out of bed, do the dishes, clean up the house, workout, get out there and solve the problems that have been haunting you.
  • Write down your goals and what you need to do to attain them. Then make small progressive steps towards those goals. I like to add these steps to a calendar, in order to see my progression.
  • Doing difficult things lessens the stress of regular life. Don’t fear the difficult, they will make you stronger. You’ll know the situation when it comes up again, and know you survived and will again.
  • If you feel bad about how you have acted in the past, realize that you are not the same person, you are the person that has learned and can handle the situation better the next time. You have changed and are different person, a better person.

Have a Vision — Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is is an Austrian-American actor, former bodybuilder, film producer, businessman, and former politician who served as the 38th governor of California from 2003 to 2011. As of 2021, he is the most recent Republican governor of California.

The main points I take from this video are:

  • You need vision and goals. If you don’t have these you will aimlessly drift around in an unhappy life. You need a purpose in life to really be happy.
  • Work your ass off. If you are passionate about something and want to see it come to fruition, you must put in the work to make it reality. Nothing just falls in your lap, you need to do the work.
  • Imagine if you put 1 hour into anything. After 365 hours of reading, working out, etc. you will grow tremendously. You will regret the time spent idle.
  • Don’t fear failure, we all fail. What you need is to be persistent and keep trying to achieve.

Don’t Give Up — Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson is is a Canadian professor of psychology, clinical psychologist, YouTube personality, and author.

The main points I take from this video are:

  • Life can be meaningful enough to justify it’s suffering. Life isn’t made to be happy all the time, but for you to find meaning, and be on the right path. You need to figure out what gives you meaning.
  • You need goals, and when you are depressed you may feel like you don’t have any. Act like you do, and hang on to something. Start with small goals and build up. For example, getting out of bed and eating healthy can be a goal.
  • Face small problems you know are there. Don’t let them become bigger problems. An unpaid bill that you fear looking at will only increase if you don’t take care of it. Don’t let depression make your problems bigger and contribute to more depression.
  • Believe in yourself. Treat yourself how you treat a person you really love. You need to be kind to yourself and believe in all the potential within you. You are necessary to more than you think, what you do matters, so respect yourself.

Thanks for Reading!

I hope these motivation videos inspire you and help you get on a better path in life. I have found lots of these resources through the Mulligan Brothers. They have an amazing compilation of motivation videos.



Fernando Diaz

Senior Technical Marketing @ GitLab 🦊, Developer 👨🏻‍💻, Alien 👽