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My 10 Inspirational Movies

10. Lord of The Rings

Though this is a fantasy movie with wizards, elves, dwarfs, human and not forgetting orcs, there are some inspirational moments.

Moments like when the Fellowship of the Rings is broken in Part 1, it was understood that every being in the fellowship has his individual role to fulfill. Though they are split, they are still on course to the greater good; to defeat the evil Sauron.

In the movie, the Hobbits eventually turns out to be the heroes. They are instrumental in the major defeat of the evil forces. In Part 2, Twin Tower; the Hobbits destroy Sarauman’s stronghold by directing the Ents to the burn-off forest. And in Part 3, Return of the King, Frodo and Sam save middle earth with the Ring thrown into the the Fire of Doom.

No matter how small you are, you can make a change. In this instance, the Hobbits make a big change.


9. Remember the Titans

Movies from Denzel Washington are always great. I watched this movie a few times, and it was fascinating to notice the black and white coming together to play football as a team.

In fact, the team came together after they were stretched very hard by the Coach. It reaffirms one of the principles of synergy. A team will create synergy under tremendous pressure from external environment.


8. Rocky 6

Honestly, I’ve not watched Rocky 6. So what is it that is so special that it’s in my inspirational movie list?

All because of the scene which Rocky scolds his son.

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That´s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you worth, go out and get what you worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying: You ain´t what you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain´t you! You´re better than that!” ~ Rocky


7. Man of Honour

Twelve steps to honour says it all. Life beats you down, you get up, and continue the journey of your dream. Mental power overcomes any obstacle. When obstacles are in the way, you move them. That’s the responsibility of the naval diver, and us.

Also accompanied along with an inspirational soundtrack, Win sang by Brian Mcknight


6. Way of the Peaceful Warrior

This is not a main stream movie. A gymnast got back on his feet after he met with a terrible bike accident which shattered his leg bone. When the doctor said he could never do gymnastics again, he went on to prove that the doctor was wrong. Of course with the help of Socrates being his mentor of mind.

I love this movie because it’s not just an inspiring movie of how Dan gets back up to participate in the Olympic. It also shows some spiritual elements. Like living in the moment, there are no ordinary moments. This moment is all that matters. The time we all have is NOW.

From this movie, I learned to have fun in work amd dance in the rain. Whatever life throws at me, I always have a choice to turn it into a fun and enjoyable journey.


5. Braveheart

William Wallace, the hero of Scotland. Believing in a dream, going against the authority and ending up with a death penalty. He never gave up the FREEDOM he was searching for even on his execution day. And how many of us are searching for that similar freedom as we are trapped in our social environment? Yet how many have the courage to truly pursue the freedom?

We live in this huge factory of the world. Seems like we are moving in those production lines or conveyor belts with the society telling us how we should live our lives.

It takes a William Wallace inside us to break free from this mad conditioning, to release us from imprisonment, to find our FREEDOM!


4. Blind Side

The movie that shows me compassion and love can encompass anything. Leigh offering Big Mike a place to stay and eventually giving him a home. She treating Big Mike like her own moves me to tears. Leigh ensuring her own children accept Big Mike as a family just shows her charitable heart.

The best scene to me is when Leigh is chatting with her rich friends:

Rich friend: You’re changing the boy’s life.

Leigh: No, he’s changing mine.

This was a huge lesson for me as a coach and trainer. I didn’t change my clients’ life, they changed mine.


3. Hardball

I didn’t watch this, but watching the trailer and some shots is enough to bring me to tears. Another movie of a Coach changing the lives of ten kids who in others’ eyes are hopeless.


2. Pay it forward

If you have not watched this, I  highly recommend it. It takes a young boy and an idea to change the world. If we pay it forward to three strangers in our life time, we would have achieved world peace.

Whichever the outcome we get, continue to do good to humanity. Because this keeps our spirit alive.


 1. Pursuit of Happyness

My favourite of all. Chris Gardner’s life journey from a homeless father to become the CEO of his own stock brokerage firm. Movie starts from whatever that can go bad on him, goes bad. From sleeping in the toilet, to being arrested for an unpaid parking ticket and walking into a job interview with a singlet. But his never-say-die attitude made him a famous philanthropist in America.

His words to his son were engraved in my mind when I first heard them

“Chris Gardner: Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?

Chrisopher Jr.: All right. 

Chris Gardner: You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”


These are my 10 Inspirational Movies list. Hope they’ll inspire you to be who you want to be. What are your 10 inspirational movies? Feel free to add more to this list.

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