7 TED Talks To Watch For Your Daily Dose Of Motivation

Pooja Maheshwary , 23 Aug 2019

Anyone who has watched a TED talk or two, cannot deny the power of motivation they have. Recently, while looking for a way to make better use of my commute, I started watching some. And man, what better way to start your mornings than with a little dose of inspiration from those who have gone through different experiences, and have lived to share their story!

So, I decided to compile a list of some of the best and most inspiring ones. Combing through scores of videos, I compiled this list. From dealing with fears to cultivating gratitude (and thereby happiness), it’s got you completely covered. Check them out!

1. Grit: The power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth

Researching on the predictors of success among students and adults, Angela Lee Duckworth realized that the one component that separates successful students from those who struggle—a component beyond family income, looks, social intelligence, IQ and talent—is grit. Watch the video to understand what is grit, and how it helps you succeed in life.

2. Smash fear, learn anything | Tim Ferriss

‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ Productivity guru, Tim Ferriss, shares how asking this one simple question could lead to overcoming your fears and to experiencing some of the best moments of your life. Watch this to get inspired to change your ‘Cannot’s’ to ‘Can’s’.

3. Want to be happy? Be grateful | David Steindl-Rast

One of the universal desires of life is: wanting to be happy, and definitions of happiness can differ from person to person. However, there’s a very strong connection between gratitude and happiness, shares interfaith scholar David Steindl-Rast. This is perfect for those of us who’re looking to understand real happiness.

4. My year of saying yes to everything | Shonda Rhimes

Most people would know Shonda Rhimes. The award-winning TV producer, writer, and author has been the mind behind some of the best shows on TV including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. Here, she shares the one word that changed her life—Yes. And how it helped her get her ‘hum’ back. This video would definitely inspire those who struggle to maintain a work-life balance.

5. The power of introverts | Susan Cain

Considering one out of every two or three people is an introvert, the way schools and offices are planned nowadays may not provide the best stimulation for some people. Creativity and leadership could flow better if introverts are allowed some solitude, says Susan Cain in this talk. This a must-watch for those who struggle to be themselves in a world full of extroverts.

6. Never, ever give up | Diana Nyad

Diana Nayd shares the story of how at age 64 she achieved her dream goal—swimming from Cuba to Florida, a distance of 100 miles. Her journey was intense, difficult, and not without obstacles. This talk is definitely inspiring to those of us who need a little nudge to convert our dreams, goals and wishes to reality!

7. Less stuff, more happiness | Graham Hill

Less stuff and less space = more freedom, more time, and improved quality of life. In this talk, writer and designer, Graham Hill, shares three rules for editing your life and making room for the good stuff. It’s a great talk for those who want to start reducing their carbon footprint, as well as those who want to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

I hope these TED talks were as inspiring for you, as they were for me. Where do you get your dose of motivation from? Please share with us in the comments below!

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