6 Motivational TED Talks to Help You Succeed

If you’re feeling stuck in a rut or you just need a little motivation or a new way of thinking, these popular TED Talks will help. Each of these talks are only 18 minutes or less, but they all provide valuable insights you can learn from and start using right away.

1. How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals | Stephen Duneier

Stephen Duneier has achieved amazing success throughout his life in many vocations including business leader, investor, professor, author, decision strategist, coach and artist. In this talk he explains how you too can achieve your most ambitious goals by breaking them down into manageable tasks and making marginal improvements to the process along the way.


2. The happy secret to better work | Shawn Achor

Psychologist and author of The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life, Shawn Achor, talks about reversing the formula for happiness and success. Most people think “if I’m more successful, then I’ll be happier”, but the reverse may be true. If you have optimistic, positive attitude about your current situation and the challenges you face, you can experience what he calls “the happiness advantage” which leads to success in business and in life.


3. Stop searching for your passion | Terri Trespicio

Terri Trespicio is an award-winning writer, speaker, and brand advisor. In this talk, she turns the usual “finding your passion is the key to success” message on its ear. As she says “if you’re so busy looking for this passion you could miss opportunities that change your life” – so don’t wait, just start doing.


4. The skill of self confidence | Dr. Ivan Joseph

Dr. Ivan Joseph is the Director of Athletics at Ryerson University. He talks about how self confidence is a skill that can be taught. In life as in sports, it takes practice, repetition and persistence. It also takes changing from negative self-talk to positive and affirming self-talk.


5. How to Multiply Your Time | Rory Vaden

Hall of fame leadership speaker and author of Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time, Rory Vaden, explains why you can’t solve today’s time-management challenges with yesterday’s time-management strategies. The key is not time management, it’s self-management because how we choose to spend our time isn’t just logical, it’s also emotional.


6. How to Get Your Brain to Focus | Chris Bailey

Productivity expert and author of Hyperfocus, Chris Bailey, talks about finding focus in a world filled with distractions. He says distraction is only a symptom of the problem. The root problem is our brains are over stimulated by all kinds of electronic devices in our lives these days. Cutting back on this over-stimulation can result in greater focus and more ideas and creativity.