10 TED Talks That Might Change Your Life

Do you need a burst of inspiration or some fresh perspectives to help you navigate through this thing called life? Well, let’s have a talk, or more like some TED talks. Check out these 10 TED Talks that might change your life… or at least give you some new ideas that will leave you feeling engaged and inspired.

  1. Simon Sinek – How great leaders inspire action (2010)

As a leader, do you want to ensure that your team members not only understand your vision but also actively work to make it a reality? Or are you fascinated by people and organizations that make an impact in the world? In this TED talk, Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change through the Golden Circle concept. Simon Sinek is author of the classic book, “Start With Why”.

2. Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts (2012)

In a culture and world where being more extroverted is prized, it can be hard, even a bit shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate TED talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should also be encouraged and celebrated. Susan Cain is the author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.”

3. Robert Waldinger – What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness. (2015)

In this TED talk, Robert Waldinger says that while many people think that wealth, career success, and fame will bring them happiness, it’s actually strong, supportive relationships that are most important for our happiness and well-being. Robert Waldinger is a Psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School. 

4. Celeste Headlee – 10 ways to have a better conversation. (2016)

In this TED talk, radio journalist Celeste Headlee shares with us how to avoid arguments and find that balance between talking and listening. She shares ten practical ways that we all can use to have better conversations.

5. Alain De Botton – A kinder, gentler philosophy of success. (2009)

In this witty TED talk, author and philosopher Alain de Botton looks at some of the reasons why we might be feeling anxiety about our careers. He discusses success and failure and the paradox of modern expectations. His main message in this talk is that our ideas of success may be wrong.

6. Julian Treasure – How to speak so that people want to listen (2014)

Sometimes we talk and get the feeling that no one is listening. Julian Treasure, a sound and communication expert, starts this TED talk by listing the ‘7 deadly sins’ of conversation. He also offers four positive, powerful ways to improve your conversation style and some speech pattern tools to enhance your speech. Finally, he illustrates six vocal warmup exercises to get us ready before you need to talk.

7. Sam Berns – My philosophy for a happy life. (2018)

This was perhaps my most inspiring TED talk. Sam, a 17-year-old high schooler with a rare disease called progeria, shares how he faces a hard life happily. He gives us three tenants, which he follows to help him live a happier and more fulfilling life. 

8. Dan Pink – The puzzle of motivation. (2009)

Dan Pink suggests that traditional rewards aren’t as significant as we might think in this TED talk. He explores what really motivates people and how leaders can apply this to their organizations. Dan Pink has written six books, four of them New York Times bestsellers.

9. Hamza Khan – Stop Managing, Start Leading. (2016)

In this TED talk, Hamza challenges the status quo by asking the question: “should millennials be managed?” He goes on to argue that we should manage time, not people. According to him, people today should be led, not managed. 

10. Alex Szepietowski – Design Your Dream Life Through Passive Income (2016)

In this TED talk, Alex shares about passive income and how to design our dream life through building up passive income streams. He answers the questions, “what is passive income?” and “why is it important?”. 

As you would know, there are many many other inspiring TED talks. The ten that I’ve listed here are just some of my favourites. I hope at least one of them would have left you inspired and enriched your life in some way. If there are other TED talks (not on this list) that may have impacted you, leave a comment and let me know which one(s).

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I wish you every success in life and in the pursuit of your passions and purpose.

Bevon Grant

A fellow traveler on the road toward financial freedom and a more meaningful life. More About Me and My Blog

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