10 Best Ted-Talks with the potential to change our lives
Ted Talks are like little miracles bringing about wonderful changes in the lives of its listeners with very little effort. They are only 15-20 minutes long so it doesn’t matter how busy your schedule is, we can all make time for at least one Ted Talk a day. What we get out of it is truly worth the tiny investment.
Every Ted Talk on this list has the potential to alter your life if you really listen. This list has 10 of the most popular Ted Talks. The content of each talk is unique and backed by solid research.
The power of vulnerability by Brene Brown
Researcher + Storyteller + Magic pixie – words that describe Brene Brown, you’ll see why as you listen to this Ted Talk. Every piece of content that Brene Brown has given us is brilliantly insightful and astoundingly helpful. She unravels mysteries of what a truly fulfilled, happy human looks like and shares them with us in clear, blunt, and funny words.
You’ll laugh through this one even as you try and understand one of the most important but uncomfortable emotions of our life. If you have time to watch just one Ted Talk, make it this one.
My Stroke of insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
This talk is a revelation. It will teach you gratitude (I think!) and, it will show you the immense capacity of your mind and body for joy. Jill Bolte Taylor had a massive stroke and lost all brain functions – motion, speech, self-awareness. It took her 8 years to recover but as her brain functions shut down, she made some incredible discoveries.
She has thankfully shared her experience with us in this talk.
How Great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek
This talk is not just about inspirational leadership. There are multiple messages and all of them with the potential to change how you view your role in the world, your approach to your goals, and how you develop your end products. It’s inspirational and motivation but it also carries a message with very real value to anybody trying to make an impact.
The puzzle of motivation by Dan Pink
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What truly drives motivation? The answer is a surprising one. We learn about some very interesting experiments, studies, and research findings that reveal just how little monetary incentives matter when performance is challenged.
If productivity is a concern for you, this Ted Talk might help.
Your elusive creative genius by Elizabeth Gilbert
Every creative needs to hear this!
I read Big Magic and fell in love with Elizabeth Gilbert. I have since followed all her work and listening to her discuss anything, it’s always a pleasure. Incidentally, Big Magic is also somewhat responsible for the decisions that led to me quitting my 9-5. It gave me the courage I needed to make the leap. Elizabeth Gilbert inspires without using loud, over the top messaging. She has this quiet conviction that comes across as she shares her ideas and beliefs. This talk is no different. You must see this if you’ve ever struggled with your creative inclinations. It’ll give you some relief and a lot of confidence to keep going steady with your art.
What makes a good life. Lessons from the longest study on happiness by Robert Waldinger
As the title shares, this Ted Talk is all about the findings of the longest study on happiness. This may act as a gentle reminder of what truly matters. Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger gently explains what helps us maintain good health in the later stages of life and what gives us a life truly worth living.
Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model by Cameron Russell
Cameron Russell dismisses her good looks as simply a ‘Genetic Lottery’.
A very powerful truth shared by a woman who has lived a life that gives her the right to comment on the subject. A truth that we must all learn and understand if we are to live lives not crippled by insecurities that have no right to rob us of our confidence or haemorrhage our self-esteem. Image influences everything but the image is not everything.
The happy secret to better work by Shawn Achor
How to be happier and more successful? Turns out, happiness and success aren’t mutually exclusive. A truth that is not reflected in how we live our lives, but seems rather obvious when explained. Shawn Achor explains it in a humorous, fun way that gets the point across effectively enough to spark a need to modify the relevant behaviour. The results promised will be truly worth your while.
Why Some Of Us Don't Have One True Calling by Emilie Wapnick
If you have ever wondered about your purpose and the ‘career conduit’ you can choose to express that purpose, you need to watch this NOW! The world will have us pick a role and live that role for the rest of our lives. Most of us do exactly that so for a lot of us this Ted Talk will be a glimpse into a different world, one filled with possibilities.
How to make stress your friend by Kelly Mcgonigal
We all experience stress in some capacity and rarely do we manage it in a healthy, constructive manner. This Ted Talk shares the ramifications of stress on our health and happiness. Thankfully, it also shares a few very simple tricks to take away its power. Even stress can be turned into an asset if you know how!