In 1984, TED was founded as a non-profit organization that promotes ideas. TED talks have become more and more popular in recent years as videos have been shared from both official TED talks as well as TEDx events. Here is some of our favorite talks that inspire entrepreneurs to think in new ways about how they lead, where their ideas come from, and how to work happier!
Seth Godin: The Tribe We Lead
Seth Godin has written a number of bestselling books about various concepts in marketing, business, and the digital age. In this TED talk from 2009, he starts off by asking what those in the audience do. He suggests that each of them, as entrepreneurs and business people, are trying to change everything. He then goes on to talk about how change happens through leadership and leaders finding their “tribes”. If you want to dig deeper into this subject, check out Seth Godin’s book, Tribes.
Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work
For the entrepreneur that is looking to get the best out of his or her, Shawn Achor has a happy secret for you. He suggests that the lens you view the world through shapes your reality, and if you can change that lens, you can change everything. Shawn points out that 90% of someone’s long term happiness is determined by how they process the world around them. Our world often tells us that if we work hard we’ll find success and then be happy. Shawn argues that this is all backwards.
Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From?
Where do good ideas come from? Steven Johnson has been exploring this question for some time. In his 2010 talk, he explores common traits of places ranging from London coffee houses to coral reefs and argues that ideas are rarely singular events. They are cobbled together from spare parts and pieces of other ideas. He shows that ideas rarely come from solitary thinking. They come from the chaos of conference tables and coffee shops. As entrepreneurs, we’re always looking for new ideas and new ways of doing things.
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