Motivational Monday #24

Viktor E. Frankl: Why To Believe in Others

This week’s video features Viktor E. Frankl, the author of one of my all-time favorite books, Man’s Search for Meaning.  This rare video of Frankl was filmed during his 1973 lecture to the Toronto Youth Corps.

I love how Frankl is able to use 4 minutes and 22 seconds to explain why believing in other people is the greatest gift we can give. “If we take man as he is we’ll make him worse. But if we take man as he should be we make him capable of becoming what he can be”.

I’ve been in Europe for over a week now so I’ve had quite a bit of personal time for thinking and reflection.

As I reflected on the people who have had the most significance in my life, they all have one thing in common… They all believed in me which is by far the most meaningful gift I’ve ever received. Because they believed in me, I developed the foundation to believe in myself.

That’s exactly what we do when we believe in others… We give them the foundation to start believing in themselves. This week, I encourage you to look at the people in your life that you are closest to – figure out why you believe in them and let them know. By telling the people you love  most why you believe in them, you will be giving them an extraordinary gift!

Since I’ve been in Europe, I’ve also re-read Man’s Search For Meaning and  I highly recommend it…

The book opens with a lengthy and deeply moving personal essay that explains Frankl’s experiences at Auschwitz and other concentration camps  during a 5 year period. He outlines the struggle he endured to keep finding reasons to live. In the second part of Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl explains logotherapy which is the psycho-therapeutic school he created and  founded.

Frankl explains that the meaning of life is has absolutely nothing to do with money, social status or even physical appearance. Our primary motivating force in life is meaning and purpose…

P.S. What was your favorite part of this week’s Motivational Monday? I’d love to hear your answer below in the comments section!

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  • Russel

    MATT, You inspire me to reach beyong with your MM’s, I’m glad it’s back. Because of your courage to move ahead gallantly with perseverence regardless of the cost, many others are emboldened to do the same, thankyou for the gift you are!

  • Russel

    MATT, You inspire me to reach beyong with your MM's, I'm glad it's back. Because of your courage to move ahead gallantly with perseverence regardless of the cost, many others are emboldened to do the same, thankyou for the gift you are!

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    • Tony Rios

      Thanks Matt. This reminded me of something that we do at home with our children and this is where things begin. We want them to be something that we wnat instead of supporting them in what they want there by nourishing there dreams, which they will achieve because we are encourgeing them to be what they want to be and getting to their meaning in life.Just because we did not become baseball players dosen’t mean we have to make them baseball players. Live and let Live and become Supportive of People. We can all learn something from each other Chow Tony

    • gue wane

      good vid!

  • Tony Rios

    Thanks Matt. This reminded me of something that we do at home with our children and this is where things begin. We want them to be something that we wnat instead of supporting them in what they want there by nourishing there dreams, which they will achieve because we are encourgeing them to be what they want to be and getting to their meaning in life.Just because we did not become baseball players dosen’t mean we have to make them baseball players. Live and let Live and become Supportive of People. We can all learn something from each other Chow Tony

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    • http://graduatedandclueless.com CluelessGrad

      Awesome video with a very powerful and yet surprisingly simple message. Thanks for sharing it Matt! Love these Motivational Mondays!

  • Sandra

    This is a simple concept and so very true, yet most do take people for who they are. No wonder things get so screwed up! Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

  • http://TravelAndFreedom.com Andrea Walen

    Good stuff, as usual, Matt! I had a hard time making it through his book (Man’s Search For Meaning), though. Point well taken. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://TravelAndFreedom.com Andrea Walen

    Good stuff, as usual, Matt! I had a hard time making it through his book (Man’s Search For Meaning), though. Point well taken. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.the-e-biz.ws Norbert

    This video inspires me!
    Thank you Matt.
    Norbert

  • http://twitter.com/Norriss Norbert Kujan

    This video INSPIRES me.
    Thx Matt.
    Norbert

  • http://twitter.com/Norriss Norbert Kujan

    This video INSPIRES me.
    Thx Matt.
    Norbert

  • gue wane

    good vid!

  • http://graduatedandclueless.com CluelessGrad

    Awesome video with a very powerful and yet surprisingly simple message. Thanks for sharing it Matt! Love these Motivational Mondays!

  • SYAM

    Hi Moris,
    It was very interesting and exciting to watch frankle in a video presentation; His mode and intensity with which he conveys what he wanted to convey is some thing outstanding and worth of to note his words.It was brilliant and thanks for sharing it with me.

  • SYAM

    Hi Moris,
    It was very interesting and exciting to watch frankle in a video presentation; His mode and intensity with which he conveys what he wanted to convey is some thing outstanding and worth of to note his words.It was brilliant and thanks for sharing it with me.

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  • Anonymous

    We put people in a box by their gender, color, age, religious preferences…and as individuals we allow others to do this to us. In reality, all of us are much greater and have more potential than we will ever realize in our lives, because we won’t stretch outside of this box…there is a great big world outside of where we are…we become complasiant and don’t strive for more…what a pity to have lived a life that could have been so much greater…not in the terms of money, but in being an inspiration for others, helping others, seeing other cultures and places and either helping or better, understanding that we are different and these differences are the beauty of life..Matt thanks for allowing us to open our minds and take in more than what our everyday experieces give us…thanks for giving us “food for thought” and giving us a forum to express these thoughts.

    V

  • vdenny

    We put people in a box by their gender, color, age, religious preferences…and as individuals we allow others to do this to us. In reality, all of us are much greater and have more potential than we will ever realize in our lives, because we won't stretch outside of this box…there is a great big world outside of where we are…we become complasiant and don't strive for more…what a pity to have lived a life that could have been so much greater…not in the terms of money, but in being an inspiration for others, helping others, seeing other cultures and places and either helping or better, understanding that we are different and these differences are the beauty of life..Matt thanks for allowing us to open our minds and take in more than what our everyday experieces give us…thanks for giving us “food for thought” and giving us a forum to express these thoughts.

    V

    • http://www.kelvinedmund.com Kelvin Edmund

      My favorite part was the concept of elivating people to a higher standard so that they can reach their they pontential.

      Great stuff and welcome back with the motivational mondays.

      Have yourself a blessed and productive day.

      Kelvin

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    Hi Matt,

    Glad to see your Motivational Mondays back I really missed them!

  • http://www.simonstepsyscoaching.com NetMillionaire

    Hi Matt,

    Glad to see your Motivational Mondays back I really missed them!

  • Kristrun

    I love this message. In my opinion, most of us are afraid to believe in others and uplift their spirit because they might pass us and become greater than us and we are left in the shadow.
    I also think that sometimes it is difficult to take compliments and let others believe in us because we know how all our weaknesses and we don’t want others to think we are “full of our selves” so we point out to them all our flaws and weaknesses instead of just enjoying the praise and letting it uplift us and encourage us.
    I know I need to better my self in both areas, believing in others and letting them know it and letting others believe in me.
    Thank you for a fantastic lesson.

  • Kristrun

    I love this message. In my opinion, most of us are afraid to believe in others and uplift their spirit because they might pass us and become greater than us and we are left in the shadow.
    I also think that sometimes it is difficult to take compliments and let others believe in us because we know how all our weaknesses and we don't want others to think we are “full of our selves” so we point out to them all our flaws and weaknesses instead of just enjoying the praise and letting it uplift us and encourage us.
    I know I need to better my self in both areas, believing in others and letting them know it and letting others believe in me.
    Thank you for a fantastic lesson.

  • http://www.l-ime.com Darrell

    Great Video!!!
    I believe by seeing everybody for what they can be, we accelerate them in that direction.

    Thanks for sharing Matt,
    Darrell
    http://www.transilient.net (personal development)
    http://www.L-ime.com (internet marketing)

  • http://www.kelvinedmund.com Kelvin Edmundf

    The concept of overestimating our colegues to make him capable of what he can be

    Thank you once again for great words of wisdom

    Kelvin

  • http://www.kelvinedmund.com Kelvin Edmundf

    The concept of overestimating our colegues to make him capable of what he can be

    Thank you once again for great words of wisdom

    Kelvin

  • Elias

    my favorite part of this motivation monday was the discovery that the meaning of life is not the external manifestation of the things we dream to have but it is actually the purpose of why one was born into earth. So after the discovery of your purpose you will have no problem acheiving what you dream of, because it is connected to you with your purpose.

  • Elias

    my favorite part of this motivation monday was the discovery that the meaning of life is not the external manifestation of the things we dream to have but it is actually the purpose of why one was born into earth. So after the discovery of your purpose you will have no problem acheiving what you dream of, because it is connected to you with your purpose.

    • http://www.l-ime.com Darrell

      Great Video!!!
      I believe by seeing everybody for what they can be, we accelerate them in that direction.

      Thanks for sharing Matt,
      Darrell
      http://www.transilient.net (personal development)
      http://www.L-ime.com (internet marketing)

  • http://www.kelvinedmund.com Kelvin Edmund

    My favorite part was the concept of elivating people to a higher standard so that they can reach their they pontential.

    Great stuff and welcome back with the motivational mondays.

    Have yourself a blessed and productive day.

    Kelvin

  • Jeremy

    They say that most failures occur not because we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit. Frankel does a fantastic job in explaining that through the metepor of learing to fly. Great clip, great book and great concepts.
    JTB

  • Jeremy

    They say that most failures occur not because we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit. Frankel does a fantastic job in explaining that through the metepor of learing to fly. Great clip, great book and great concepts.
    JTB

  • Maninder Maker

    Wow!! I’m lost for words. Viktor speaks with such passion. I’ve read a few personal development books but have never come across this idea, which makes so much sense. I will start practising this on my 17 and 10 years old sons.

  • Maninder Maker

    Wow!! I'm lost for words. Viktor speaks with such passion. I've read a few personal development books but have never come across this idea, which makes so much sense. I will start practising this on my 17 and 10 years old sons.

    • Maninder Maker

      Wow!! I'm lost for words. Viktor speaks with such passion. I've read a few personal development books but have never come across this idea, which makes so much sense. I will start practising this on my 17 and 10 years old sons.

  • Sandra

    This is a simple concept and so very true, yet most do take people for who they are. No wonder things get so screwed up! Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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