Whenever I don’t feel like working but kinda wanna be productive, I watch TED. It gives me the feeling of doing something for myself and learning something valuable. There are hundreds of amazing TED Talks out there by now. However, they don’t always apply to me or don’t peak my interest that much. For me, I love watching the empowering talks about success, creativity, and productivity. They almost always leave me feeling inspired and wanting to work and create. So yes, they are the perfect procrastination stopper. So today I have compiled my favorite TED Talks for you guys that I believe can not only change they way you work but also change your way of thinking. Enjoy 🙂
Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”, talks about not only how you can overcome failure and get the motivation to carry on, but also how success can put you in a very disoriented place. She explains how this place is a state of mind very similar to failure and how you can come back to the thing you love doing the most.
This inspiring and eye-opening talk by David Kelley teaches us that the world is not divided into creative and non-creative people. Each one of us has a creative side in us. Through stories from his personal life and his design career, Kelley talks about the reasons people lose their belief in their own creativity and how this creativity can be build up back up again.
In this short but valuable speech, Arianna Huffington talks about the importance of a good nights sleep. You think this sounds strange coming from a woman of such great success? Well, so did I. But in her own words: “The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep”. As the founder of one of the most influential and powerful blogs, Arianna must know what she’s talking about, right? Believe me, after listening to her talk, you will be going to bed early tonight.
In this very innovative speech, illustrator Rilla Alexander talks about the difference between having an idea and actually executing it. I am sure, we’ve all been there. Daydreaming of an idea, maybe even planning the execution, but never getting the real work done. Step by step Alexander guides us through the different stages of ideas coming to live.
Heather Payne talks about how she got her project “Ladies learning Code” off the ground and emphasises the importance of momentum for every big idea. She says that “momentum is like a fire, you always have to be fueling it”. Through telling the story of how her own project started, she basically just makes it a point that you need to get the word out there about your idea and then keep working on it until it becomes a full-time endeavour.
Leah Busque is the founder of the errand service “TaskRabbit”. With her experience of starting a successful business, she shares 5 big lessons in this talk that sum up her philosophy and made her get where she is now. In a nutshell, she believes that you should share your idea with every single person you meet, network and surround yourself with people that share your vision. Furthermore, she emphasises the importance of taking small steps in your process of revolutionising the world.
Probably one of the shortest TedTalks with an enormous amount of information and value. In 3 minutes and 26 seconds, Richard St. John explains the 8 secrets to gain success. Believe me, luck isn’t one of them.
That is it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed these empowering talks and got some inspiration and motivation from them. What are some of your favorite TED Talks? Let’s chat in the comments.