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When it comes to the motivation to get things done, Entrepreneurs need a never-ending flood of inspiration from various sources possible. There are times when you may hit the wall and see no possibility of getting through it, that’s the time for a little motivation. With the rise in the number of great, credible, experienced and successful people speaking at TED talks, there are many of those motivational TED talks around.
Inspiration on steroids
That’s what I call TED talks as. There are hundreds of inspirational TED talks on their network and everything is free and open to everyone. The quality of the TED talks has always seen a steep gain and does not disappoint whatsoever. TED talks are simply put, Inspiration on steroids and you would definitely gain a lot from it.
So, without further ado, I bring to you, The Top Best Motivational TED Talks for Entrepreneurs.
Derek Sivers: How to start a movement
With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started.
“If you really care about starting a movement, have the courage to follow and show others how to follow. And when you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first one to stand up and join in.”
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers
“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”
Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
“If you want people to perform better, you reward them, right? Bonuses, commissions, their own reality show. Incentivize them. … But that’s not happening here. You’ve got an incentive designed to sharpen thinking and accelerate creativity, and it does just the opposite. It dulls thinking and blocks creativity.”
Timothy Prestero: Design for people, not awards
Timothy Prestero thought he’d designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world — but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. A manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, rather than accolades.
“There’s no such thing as a dumb user. … There are only dumb products.”
Richard St. John’s 8 secrets of success
Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.
A self-described average guy who found success doing what he loved, Richard St. John spent more than a decade researching the lessons of success — and distilling them into 8 words, 3 minutes and one successful book.
“The interesting thing is: if you do it for love, the money comes anyway.”
Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do
Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row. Tony Robbins makes it his business to know why we do the things we do.
“If we get total certainty, we get … bored out of our minds. So, God, in Her infinite wisdom, gave us a second human need, which is uncertainty. We need variety. We need surprise.”
Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur and blogger who thinks about the marketing of ideas in the digital age. His newest interest: the tribes we lead.
David S. Rose on pitching to VCs
Thinking startup? David S. Rose’s rapid-fire TED U talk on pitching to a venture capitalist tells you the 10 things you need to know about yourself — and prove to a VC — before you fire up your slideshow.
“I want you to say, or I want you to convey, that you are going to die if you have to, with your very last breath, with your fingernails scratching as they drag you out.”
Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career
In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.
John Chisholm – Release your Inner Company
John Chisholm has three decades of experience as a general manager and entrepreneur. He is currently serial software entrepreneur/CEO at John Chisholm Ventures. Previously, he founded and served as CEO/chairman of CustomerSat (now part of MarketTools) and Decisive Technology (now part of Google).
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
“[It’s] the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.”
Alex Tabarrok on how ideas trump crises
The “dismal science” truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone’s predictions.
“If China and India were as rich as the United States is today, the market for cancer drugs would be eight times larger than it is now.”
Dean Kamen on inventing and giving
Inventor Dean Kamen lays out his argument for the Segway and offers a peek into his next big ideas (portable energy and water purification for developing countries).
Dean Kamen landed in the limelight with the Segway, but he has been innovating since high school, with more than 150 patents under his belt. Recent projects include portable energy and water purification for the developing world, and a prosthetic arm for maimed soldiers.
[Chuck’s wife] was standing behind me at the time and she said, ‘Chuck hasn’t fed himself in 19 years. So, you’ve got a choice: We keep the arm, or you keep Chuck.— on prosthetic arms for veterans
Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)
Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape. At the Web 2.0 Expo, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk gives a shot in the arm to dreamers and up-and-comers who face self-doubt. The Internet has made the formula for success simpler than ever, he argues. So there’s now no excuse not to do what makes you happy. Note: This presentation contains adult language.
Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet
Richard Branson talks to TED’s Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences — and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.
“If you’re bringing up kids, you just want to smother them with love and praise and enthusiasm. So I don’t think you can mollycoddle your kids too much really.”
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