TED Talks are fast becoming the go-to place for expert knowledge and motivation. And with a library of over 1,600 “talks to stir your curiosity”, they pretty much have the market cornered.
From education, to technology, start ups, culture, business and causes, many of the talks can move us to change our perspectives and even our lives.
But busy entrepreneurs, one of the groups who could benefit most from the informative talks, rarely find the time to sift through the sea of videos. That’s why we’ve selected some of the very best TED Talks for entrepreneurs. Enjoy these must watch TED Talks for entrepreneurs and let me know what you think in the comments!
NAVEEN JAIN: SOLVING GRAND CHALLENGES THROUGH INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Naveen Jain is a highly successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and technology pioneer. He believes that there is no problem so big that innovation and entrepreneurialism can’t solve it. In his groundbreaking talk, Jain asserts that “creating a billion dollar company is easy– just solve a 10 billion dollar problem!” He believes that the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs lie in tackling the world’s largest social problems, and that effective philanthropy means offering your expertise.
SIMON SINEK: HOW GREAT LEADERS INSPIRE ACTION
Simon Sinek is an author, motivational speaker, and professor at Columbia University. His first TEDx Talk on “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” is the 3rd most viewed video on TED.com. In the talk, Sinek presents his simple but revolutionary concept of the “golden circle.” The “golden circle” focuses on the idea that “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Inspiring and highly informative, Sinek’s talk will change your perspective.
TAI LOPEZ: THE LAW OF 33%
Tai Lopez is an entrepreneur & author. His talk, “The Law of 33%,” highlights the value of a mentor in achieving success. Lopez asserts that 33% of your time should be spent with those who are where you want to be in 30 years (mentors), 33% of your time should be spent with your peers, and the last 33% of your time should be spent with people that you can help. Lopez explains that “everybody wants the good life but not everybody gets the good life”, the difference being those who have had the benefit of a mentor and those who have not.
DAN ARIELY: ARE WE IN CONTROL OF OUR OWN DECISIONS?
Dan Ariely is a behavioural economist, professor, and author. In his TED talk, Ariely asks the question “are we in control of our own decisions?” Utilizing his own groundbreaking research, he demonstrates that we’re not as rational as we think we are when we make decisions. Through the course of Ariely’s talk, he shows how certain strategies can cause us to make unlikely decisions.
SETH GODIN: HOW TO GET YOUR IDEAS TO SPREAD
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur and blogger. In his TED Talk “How to Get Your Ideas to Spread”, Godin, a marketing guru, explains how and why, when it comes to getting attention, bad or bizarre is better than boring. He claims that we are in the age of idea diffusion, explaining that what he calls the “TV industrial complex” does not work the way it used to. As choices are increasing and time is decreasing, he believes that being remarkable is theonly way to catch people’s attention and create value. He also belives that the new best way to market is not to market to the majority, but sell to those who are listening– the poeple who are already obsessed.
STING: HOW I STARTED WRITING SONGS AGAIN
Sting is an famous English musician, singer-songwriter, activist, actor and philanthropist. In his captivating and confessional TED Talk “How I Started Writing Song’s Again”, Sting talks about a period in his life, spanning several years, where he was plagued by writer’s block. While his early life was dominated by efforts to escape an industrial shipyard where he spent much of his life, he found a solution for his writer’s block in a return to his roots. Channeling the tales of shipyard workers he knew growing up, Sting was finally able to create some of his greatest song material to date.
TONY ROBBINS: WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Tony Robbins is a renouned American life coach and self-help author. In his TED Talk “Why We Do What We Do”, he discusses the forces that motivate all action. Robbins asserts that “biography is not destiny, decision is the ultimate power.” Keeping with that theme, he assets that there are 3 decisions that shape your destiny: What you focus on, what it means, and what you do.
STEVEN JOHNSON: WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM
Steven Johnson is a best-selling author of nine books largely on the intersection of science, technology, and personal experience. In his TED Talk, Johnson dispels the myth that entrepreneurs best ideas always come at an “A-hah!” moment. He points to history which shows a far more complex story. Ideas that look like they’ve been discoved all at once, in fact, are more of a patchwork of smaller ideas leading up to a cohesive whole. The key to great ideas? Collaboration.
DAN PINK: THE PUZZLE OF MOTIVATION
Dan Pink is a TV host and author of five books that have sold two million copies worldwide and have been translated into 34 languages. He utilizes the science of human motivation as well as several expiraments in human behavior, to prove that traditional rewards aren’t as effective as we generally think. For tasks that require creative, complex thinking and problem solving, using money as motivation can often do more harm than good, as higher incentives lead to worse performance.
RICHARD ST. JOHN: 8 SECRETS OF SUCCESS
Richard St. John is a highly sought after success analyst, speaker, and author. When he was asked by a young girl how to become successful, it lead to him asking over 500 highly successful people what caused them to succeed. As he analysed their answers, he realized that there were 8 common traits that successful people seem to have in common.
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