5 Ted Talks to Unlock Your Success in Business

Posted on 27th April 2017 in Business

Written by James Marren

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Exactly, and that’s our goal: to help you be personally and professionally, successful. To save your time and deliver on our promise, we’ve selected the best 5 TED talks on the subject. If you ‘successfully’ watch them all, we’re confident you’ll be a step closer to unlocking your full potential.

1. Elizabeth Gilbert – Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

Elizabeth Gilbert is a magazine writer and novelist, who’s work has been made into two movies so far. The first, ‘Coyote Ugly‘, which was based on her experience of working at the famous New York bar, and the huge hit ‘Eat, Pray, Love,‘ with Julia Roberts playing the part of Gilbert.

She was once a struggling and unpublished waitress, and despite her eventual success she still found herself identifying with her former self. In this great Ted talk, Gilbert reflects on why success can disorientate as much as a failure and offers a simple, though challenging, way to keep pushing forward regardless.

2. Adam Grant – Are you a giver or a taker?

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a leading expert on how you can find motivation and meaning, and live a more generous and creative life. He’s been recognised as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and placed in Fortune’s 40 under 40.

Grant argues that in your workplace, there are three types of people: givers, takers and matchers. In this talk, he defines these different personality types and explains which is most successful. He gives simple strategies to encourage a generous workplace culture and prevent self-serving employees from taking more than their fair share from others around them.

3. Alain de Botton – A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Alain de Botton is a writer of books about the philosophy of life. He takes on some of our fundamental worries regarding happiness and relationships etc and has had several big hits including his essay titled ‘How Proust Can Change Your Life.’ In 2008, de Botton helped start the School of Life in London, a social enterprise with the aim to make learning and therapy relevant in modern society and to help people learn how to live wisely and well.

In this talk, he examines your ideas of success and failure and makes you question any underlying assumptions you have for these two judgments. Is success really always earned and likewise, is failure always your fault? He argues, very eloquently, the case to move beyond snobbery in an attempt to find greater pleasure in our work.

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4. Angela Lee Duckworth – Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Angela Duckworth is a distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs.

In this video, she talks about how after taking a job teaching maths to youngsters at a New York school she quickly discovered that a high IQ wasn’t the only trait that stood out in successful students. She explains how her research shows that ‘grit’ is a better predictor of success than other more obvious factors such as IQ and family income.

5. Carol Dweck – The power of believing that you can improve

Carol S. Dweck, PhD is one of the leading researchers of motivation in the world and is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. She has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured all over the world and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In this TED talk, she gives two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it or have you just not solved it yet? She explains why development of this type of mindset is fundemental to your success.


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