06 Jul 28 of the Best Motivational TED Talk Videos to Inspire You
Written by Lindsay Kolowich
Ever feel like you’re writing and creating the same kinds of stuff over and over and over again?
Consistently coming up with new material and unique angles is really difficult. You might find yourself in a vortex of similar content that makes it hard to find information you didn’t already know. It’s hard to stay inspired, too.
There is one type of content that can help us get out of this vortex: TED Talks. Featuring motivational speeches from some of the most brilliant minds in the world, TED Talks cover every topic under the sun in an easy-to-understand and inspiring way.
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To help you break out of your typical content mold and learn something new, we’ve compiled 28 of our favorite inspirational TED Talks below. You’ll find a wide variety of talks in here from topics covering creativity, career success and happiness, and marketing and branding.
Some of these TED talks are three minutes long; others are 20–30 minutes long. Don’t be overwhelmed with the amount of content in here — watch these talks at your own pace, bookmark this page to return to later, and get ready to be inspired. You’ll learn, laugh, and maybe even cry. (We won’t judge.)
And if you’re itching to see a TED-style talk in person, you can register for INBOUND 2016 here and check out our powerful Bold Talks track.
The Top TED Talks on Career Success & Happiness
1) “Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid” by Guy Winch
Length: 17 min. 24 sec.
While we all know how important it is to take care of our physical health, we don’t take our emotional health nearly as seriously. But why? Why do we seem to value our bodies more than we value our minds? Emotional pain like guilt, loss, failure, and loneliness can impact our lives in dramatic ways — especially if we ignore it or try to deal with it by ourselves. In this TED talk, Psychologist Guy Winch makes the case for taking care of our emotional health and explains the scientifically proven techniques we can use to heal our psychological pain.
2) “What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?” by Dan Ariely
Length: 20 min. 22 sec.
Ever heard of the “IKEA effect”? It’s the psychological behavior in which people tend to place a high premium on projects we labor especially hard to complete. The man who coined that phrase and made it famous, a Duke University psychology and behavioral economics professor named Dan Ariely, talks about how leaders can use that behavior to motivate their teams. In this TED talk, Ariely talks about why it’s so important to value your employees’ efforts, and how small changes in how you give feedback can be crucial for keeping morale high. View Full Article >>