Here are top 10 TED and TEDx videos to get inspired about being an entrepreneur and frame the right mindset. Watch and start taking notes.
Here are my 10 all-time favorites TED/TEDx talk can help you change the way you think in your personal and professional life.
It won’t be an overstatement if I say TED is the best place to look for advice, inspiration, motivation, strategy, and growth in every aspect of life. I like to watch TED Talks as it helps me learn, innovate personal and professional growth.
I will like to add one statement before I let the videos do the talking. It is tough to list only 10 TED/TEDx videos. Still, I think we all are so busy that long list will make it tough for everyone. So let’s start with the 10 and make sure you take notes.
1. Seth Godin
Seth Godin is a successful entrepreneur and best-selling author of 18 books. Few of his best selling books are The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn).
He also founded two companies – Squidoo and Yoyodyne. The later one was acquired by Yahoo.
Seth has inspired millions around the globe.
2. Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is an optimist and a successful author. He has discovered remarkable patterns about how the great leaders and organizations think, act and communicate. His best selling books include – Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better and Find Your Why.
3. Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki is a chief evangelist and author. He has worked with some of the top companies like Apple, Nike, Gartner, Audi, Google, Microsoft, and Breitling.
His speech topics inspire innovation to entrepreneurs. The best part is, he has even authored 13 books many of which have been New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.
4. Barry Schwartz
Barry Schwartz tackles one of the great mysteries of modern life in his book “The Paradox of Choice”.
Conventional wisdom tells us that greater choice is good, but not in reality. Schwartz has contradicting views and even proves it.
He has authored some of the best selling books like Why We Work, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Psychology of Learning and Behavior, The Costs of Living: How Market Freedom Erodes the Best Things in Life, Learning and Memory, and a few more.
5. Cameron Herold
Cameron Herold is a future visionary. He doesn’t advocate a theory, he talks about the experiences that he learned through building $100 Million companies. Surprisingly, he can get business leaders to grow immediately and rapidly.
6. Dan Cobley
Dan Cobley brings two things together – Physics & Marketing.
Dan explains a fundamental theory of branding using laws of physics. According to him, the Newton’s Law: “The force equals mass times acceleration”. It means that for a larger particle aka a larger mass will require a larger force to change direction. The same is the case with big brands. In other words, the bigger a brand, the more baggage it has. So it will need more force to change its positioning.
7. Richard St. John
Richard St. John is an entrepreneur, researcher, marketing guru, and CEO. He has won many awards. His breakthrough consumer/user research for Nortel Networks R&D labs is must thing to remember.
He wrote a bestselling book – The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common: 8 To Be Great. Bill Gates or Jeff Skoll – co-founder of eBay, or Avatar fame famous director – James Cameron asked for a personal copy from of his great book.
8. Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson is an entrepreneur and successful author of 11 books. Some of his best books are Farsighted, Wonderland, Where Good Ideas Come From, and The Ghost Map. He has gracefully hosted PBS (Public Broadcasting) series “How We Got To Now” and “The podcast American Innovations”.
9. Carrie Green
Carrie Green started her first online business at the age of 20. As a matter of fact, she becomes an instant hit. She starts shipping globally and receiving over 100,000 hits on her website every month.
In 2011 Carrie launched the Female Entrepreneur Association. It aims to help inspire and connect female entrepreneurs. Since then, the network has grown to over 140,000 women. As a result, they now produce a digital magazine along with weekly videos and free online classes.
10. Bill Gross
Bill Gross has been a lifelong entrepreneur. He started his first solar business in high school and then went onto lay the foundation of his company Idealab in March 1996. In this TED talk, Bill talks about what makes companies succeed the most, what factors actually matter the most for startup success.
According to Bill startups can change the world and make it a better place to live.
11. Tim Urban
Wait But Why is the brainchild of Tim Urban and Andrew Finn. Tim shares his views on life and happiness in his blogs with creative and funny stick illustrators.
Tim’s sense of humor and the art of conveying his rational point of view is impeccable. A step further, the Wait But Why team went on to publish a book with the same name now available on Amazon.
To conclude he is an amazing writer whom you can go on reading for a day long.
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