I’ve become addicted to TED Talks lately. I love to listen to them while I’m doing the dishes or other housework. Who doesn’t need a little extra motivation? I’ve picked five of my favorite TED Talks that help spark my motivation. There is a theme here, about what actually makes you successful and happy. We have an idea that once we have success happiness will come. Or that we can’t change our life. These TED Talks will help motivate you, change your thinking and hopefully remind you to get off your ass, be positive and start going after what you want in life.
1. Shawn Anchor – The Happy Secret to Better Work
Shawn is funny and interesting in his talk about figuring out how happiness plays into our work. Most people think that we work hard, gain success in work and that will make us happy. But that’s backward according to Shawn, being happy and positive makes you perform 37% better than when you’re feeling neutral or unhappy. Here he outlines what you can do to make yourself come from a more positive place, which will help you be better at work.
2. Elizabeth Gilbert – Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating
We are so obsessed with success and we’re so interested in the people who succeed. But do we ever think about what really happens when you succeed? If it’s all it’s cracked up to be? Elizabeth Gilbert in this short talk discusses how success brought her closer to who she was when she was a broke waitress-writer who was constantly failing.
The most amazing thing about this talk is the reminder of what we really know. Find your home. Elizabeth talked about how when she’s lost she just goes back home. And home for her is writing. She writes, despite the outcome of that writing. And she encourages you to go back to your home – the thing that is most important to you. Family, faith, raising corgis, art, everyone has a home.
3. Mel Robbins – How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over
Mel is a reminder that you don’t have to settle in your life. You have the power to change your life, get out of your stagnant patterns and do something else. We make up stories for ourselves about why we need to stay in our crappy jobs, relationships or lifestyle choices. She bulldozes through that.
4. Carrie Green – Programming Your Mind for Success
Carrie reminds us that you need to decide what you want and then program yourself for success. When people are looking at you in your coffin what do you want them to say about you?
5. Angela Lee Duckworth – Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela talks about something I’ve known deep down for a long time. The most important thing a person needs to succeed isn’t talent or ability, it comes down to grit. Those people who get up and keep going, who dust themselves off after failure, are the ones most likely to succeed. Your most important trait for success is grit. So go ahead and get gritty.
These five TED Talks are a great reminder that our life is up to us. How we view it, how we shape it, what we do. It’s easier to think we’re victims of circumstance in our own life but we decide. You decide your own life, not only what happens but how you’re going to react to what happens. Watch these TED Talks to remember you’re in charge. So what are you going to do about it?