Three powerful videos for mental breakthroughs (& are all under 6 minutes)

Some of the best mental breakthroughs I’ve had in my life have come from the shortest videos I’ve found on YouTube.

Below are three videos which have had a profound impact on my life:

Try something new for 30 days – Matt Cutts
Time: 3 minutes 27 seconds

After watching this inspirational video, I was craving for the next month to begin so I could start my 30-day challenge journey. My first challenge was one which Matt Cutts recommended – the photo challenge. It was to take one photo a day for 30 days. Many of them I posted to my blog (yup, the one you’re reading now) with their location, my take, and why it was important to me at the moment that day. While it was pretty easy as far as 30-day challenges go, I began to feel myself growing.

At the end of the 30-days, I developed more awareness of the world around me, I found a passion for art, and I even found more confidence in myself. The life I now live, five years after first watching this video, is paramount to what it would be without the video. I’ve done the photo challenge, three Whole-30 challenges, a vegetarian challenge (turns out it doesn’t work for me), a new recipe challenge, a fitness challenge (I have now worked out basically 5 days a week for the past 4 years), and so much more.

This video not only led me to try a lot of new things in life that I wouldn’t have considered otherwise, but I also started a blog series around them, talked about the topic at many Toastmasters speeches, and even got to experience the fruits of my labors in different ways than I knew possible. For example, completing the fitness challenge led me to climb Mount Washington with several friends and train for a half marathon – two things which I never even considered with my realm of possibility beforehand.


How to start a movement – Derek Sivers 
Time: 5 minutes 41 seconds.

I loved this video so much. Not only is Derek informative, but his clever use of supporting video footage was exceptional.

This video inspired me to cultivate my own thoughts on the topic, found here, “The Unspoken Power of a Great Follower.”

Responding To Stress - Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski
Time: 1 minute and 30 seconds

If you’re alive, you’ve encountered stress. I found what matters most to me is understanding what stress looks like, how to deal with it, and the best yet -how to thrive from it. This short video delivers a huge punch when it comes to better understanding how your brain works under stress.

November 12, 2018 Update:

Adding another video in here:

Practice This For a Few MINUTES Each day – It Will Radically Change Your Life – Vishen lAKhIANI

Time: 10 minutes 45 seconds

For a while there, the internet was filled with content like “5 Morning Routines from Top Tech Execs” and “10 Tips to Being Your Most Productive Self.” At first, I ate these up. They were like food for body or puzzles for my brain. They were incredible and a lot of what I learned, I applied.

Then I got bored with them and realized that while there was some advice in there, it wasn’t the 10x growth I was looking for in life. Then I found my career coach.

My career coach and I talk a lot about mental states (not quite like this), and that is how 10xing your happiness, your success, your growth — everything really, is actually possible.

New Marketing & Sales Courses from HubSpot Academy [in 2016]

As many of you know, I’ve been a proud employee of HubSpot for over five years. Almost exactly two years ago, I took over the coveted role of Certifications Program Leader (thanks, RG4). It’s been a wild ride developing

It’s been a wild and satisfying ride developing trainings that help to educate our customers on inbound best practices and applying them using the tool.

One of the interesting trends I noticed upon taking over the program was that while our certifications were developed to help our customers and they were doing just that, a few of them (the ones which are free and open to the public) were also helping the entire world. Most of the people taking our Inbound Certification were taking our classes, learning about the fundamental shift in business and applying it to their own businesses and marketing efforts to see results. Because of this, we wanted to double-down and help more of the world.

Below, find the four new certification courses that we developed this year.

Email Marketing Certification

Inbound Sales Certification

Growth-Driven Design Certification

Content Marketing Certification (Pre-Registration)

Is there a topic that you’d love to see us develop in the future? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Best Resources to Learn Email Marketing [for Free]

Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit researching email marketing and the resources available to help an email marketer to grow their career. And just like with any other career, proactively learning about your field, experimenting, and applying what you learn will help you create ideas worthy of bringing to management to implement change.

I’ve answered a TON of questions on Quora but this made me want to compile my research in an easy to find spot. Enjoy.

Super fun data points as to why email marketing is a massive lever for businesses:

  • 2.4 million emails are sent every second worldwide, but most of them are never opened.
  • The average person checks their email 74 times per day. Source: Deloitte
  • 54% of all email is opened on mobile. Source: Litmus
  • 56% of U.S. email users unsubscribe from a business or nonprofit email subscription because of content that is no longer relevant.
  • According to a recent study by VentureBeat, email has the highest ROI of any marketing channel available.
  • The amount of searches being done for email marketing far surpasses “marketing automation” and even my personal favorite, “inbound marketing.”
  • Only 27% of your leads are sales-ready when first generated  — enter email marketing/nurturing.

Below find a list of the top resources online for email marketers to learn down below:

Courses free & paid:

Online forums:

Email Marketing Examples: 


Top articles online:

Online guides:


Note: This article was originally published on July 18, 2016 and has recently been updated to ensure freshness and quality.