When it comes to acquiring knowledge, there is only one place on the Internet nowadays, every successful person would suggest without hesitation – TED talks. TED talks are the epitome of knowledge. Their motto – ideas worth spreading – signifies the purpose of this movement and justifies its amazing ability to effectively spread high-quality ideas in today’s internet’s chaotic environment.
Despite the amazing value TED talks have to offer, there is a small problem about them. There are more than 1600 TED talks out there and you could spend hours trying to identify the ones that are more beneficial to you and your reality.
For that reason, I decided to draft this article. I thought that instead of spending hours listening to people talk about irrelevant topics, I could gather the 10 most success-related TED talks and present them to you. And I did that by answering one very important question. “What is it really that you want to get out of a TED talk?”. The answer to this question consists of three important factors. A TED talk needs to:
• guide – show you the way
So, based on these three factors, I have selected the 10 most influential TED talks every person who is aiming for success needs to watch and use them as a reference point for his career and future aspirations.
Smash Fear, learn anything – Tim Ferriss
New York Times Best selling Author, Human Guinea pig, Chef, Body Builder and Dancer among others. Most of you have probably heard of Tim Ferriss and his achievements. The reason however I admire him the most, is because of his unbelievable mindset. His undaunted desire to prove that any skill is attainable and that there is always a way to speed up the learning process in anything you do. We share the same mindset, so he has rightfully earned his place in the top 10 of this list.
Your Body Language Shapes who you are – Amy Cuddy
Well, there is not much to say about the importance of Body Language in our everyday lives. I consider it as one of the cornerstones of our communication and a very important factor that differentiates successful people from others. Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and in this amazing TED talk, she proves my point and also goes a bit deeper, by analyzing how power posing can affect testosterone levels and have a huge impact on our chances for success.
Success is a continuous journey – Richard St. John
I love this talk because it starts with an amazing statement: “Why do so many people reach success and then fail?”. Success is not a one way street. Success is a continuous process, or Journey as Richard St. John likes to call it. In everything you do in life, whether this is called creating a powerful personality, or a trying to build a business, you need to have two important things established in your head in order to be successful. Success doesn’t come over night (unless you are the flappy bird creator), but even if it does, success doesn’t last if you don’t keep working on yourself and constantly trying to maintain it.
The puzzle of Motivation – Dan Pink
Dan Pink is a Best Selling Author and Career Analyst who has dedicated his life in discovering how to motivate people. Motivation is probably the most important force along with curiosity and desire that drives our actions. But the mystery behind how it really works and how to motivate ourselves and others effectively, still remains unsolved for many. This TED talk tries to shed some light on this mystery and it is a great starting point for helping you understand Motivation and how it really works.
Why we do what we do – Tony Robbins
There is not much to say about Tony Robbins and his incredible ability to captivate any audience. His body language, his tonality, his words, but most importantly his amazing skill to give answers to life-defining questions, is what urged me to add this video to the top 10 of this list. Answering the question of “Why we do what we do”, understanding the reasons behind our actions and finding our path in life, is probably the first step towards a successful reality. Tony Robbins shows the way.
How great Leaders inspire Action – Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is a best selling author and famous marketer who became famous via this TED talk. The importance of this specific talk and the reason it is part of our top 10, is that it goes beyond conventional Leadership advice. It approaches the way great Leaders inspire action by focusing on the “why” behind what we propose. “Why” is your purpose, your goals, your beliefs. In one word, your identity. A powerful identity is what signifies a powerful individual and what makes him charismatic and unique.
The way of Improvisation – Dave Morris
Dave Morris is an improviser and storyteller. In this short but extremely valuable TEDx talk, he tries to immerse us in the power of Improvisation and its importance in our every day lives. I cannot stress enough how amazing this talk is. Its importance lies in two powerful ideas it tries to communicate:
• How improvisation can help you talk without running out of things to say.
• The importance of YES and how to get people to agree with what you are saying.
Turning Fear into fuel – Jonathan Fields
Jonathan Fields is an Entrepreneur, blogger, marketer and speaker and in this amazing TEDx talk, he explains how Fear is not always a bad thing and how you can use it to initiate action and achieve greatness. Fear will always be there to prevent us from reaching our potential, but if we manage to turn fear into fuel, we will eventually defy our fragile human nature, move towards success and achieve our goals.
The power of Seduction in our everyday lives – Chen Lizra
In this thought-provoking TED talk, Chen Lizra is explaining the power of Seduction in our everyday lives. Every successful person will tell you that it is impossible to reach high levels of Success without being able to persuade and “seduce” others. It is one of these skills that are usually neglected and also considered a taboo by many. This is one of the reasons why this was quite a controversial topic among TED viewers, however no great idea started without challenging and provoking a conventional way of thinking.
The skill of Self-Confidence – Dr. Ivan Joseph
Dr. Ivan Joseph is the athletic director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University. As a coach he was constantly trying to identify what is the most important skill a player must possess in order to be successful. And it all came down to one word – Self-confidence. Building and cultivating Self-Confidence as a personal trait, is what helps you become a powerful individual.
There you have it. The 10 most useful TED talk that can help you shape your way to success. Which one did you like the most? Are there any other TED talks you would include in the list? Let us know in the comments section below.