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3 concentric circles: outer ring is what, middle is how, and inner is why. Most people start with the outside ring, the what, but he says you should start by figuring out the why. The talk is about product marketing and leadership, but I think it can be applied to personal goal setting as well.
Authors: Simon Sinek
Published: September 2017
Tags: TEDx Puget Sound, inspirational, why, marketing
Apple is a successful company because they don't sell you the what, the computers, phone, ipod. They sell you the why, something wonderful that challenges the status quo. The Wright brothers were the first to fly because they were passionate about...[more]
despite the catchy title, the talk does not tell you how to find your inner awesomeness. Just a list of common inspirational ideas like know yourself, know what you want, work hard, don't be afraid of failure, etc.
Authors: Eugene Hennie
Published: September 2013
Tags: TEDx MMU, inspirational
No real insights in this talk. There are better inspirational ted talks out there.
gay author and activist who interviewed people suffering from adversity. But the talk was mostly about his struggles as a gay man. Talked a lot about forging identity and how he was able to find happiness despite his adversity.
Authors: Andrew Solomon
Published: May 2014
Tags: TED classic, inspirational, gay rights
Its not finding meaning, we need to forge meaning and build identity. We can endure great pain if we are doing it for a purpose. Identity politics can go haywire but can be useful to get respect and protection. Gay rights is not just about marriage or even mostly about marriage, gay people are still punished tremendously in other...[more]
What bad mental habits are holding you back? You probably know what they are. Identify them and slowly try to chip away at them. Brain is like a muscle, have to exercise it and avoid junk food/thoughts.
Authors: Amy Morin
Published: December 2015
Tags: TEDx Ocala, inspirational, psychology
destructive beliefs: feeling sorry for yourself, letting others control you or giving others the power to control you, thinking the universe is fair or will reward you for your hard work. Have to train your brain like a muscle, focus on good thoughts, deal with bad things and move on, don't dwell on them.
you might have different passions at different times. Success breeds passion, passion does not necessarily bread success. It is better to just do something and see what happens.
Authors: Terri Trespicio
Published: September 2015
Tags: TEDx KC, inspirational, career, work
This talk goes against the conventional wisdom of find your passion. Makes some good points. I think the right answer is probably somewhere in the middle.
stories about he became the founder of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit to build schools in poor areas around the world.
Authors: Adam Braun
Published: May 2013
Tags: TEDx Columbia College, philanthropy, inspirational
Lost my notes, need to watch again. From what I can remember: 1: get out of your comfort zone. 2: small decisions are made with you brain, big decisions are made with your heart. 3: speak the language of who you want to become. 5: how can you make the greatest impact possible.
Focus on the good instead of the bad. Be an optimist instead of a pessimist.
Authors: Bert Jacobs
Published: December 2013
Tags: TEDx Beacon Street, inspirational, work
He is the founder of Life is Good. They are blurring the lines between work and play.
He was just following his dreams, came to the US and started out selling used clothing, then making money on other random things.
Authors: Magnus Walker
Published: July 2014
Tags: TEDx UCLA, inspirational, work
He quit high school and just followed his dreams. He is a famous car restoration guy. Long boring story, did not finish the video.
create your reality basically means starting your own business. A somewhat rambling talk given at a conference focused on women entrepeneurs.
Authors: Gary Whitehill
Published: December 2013
Tags: TEDx Bay Area, work, inspirational
He says the future of the world is 5-20 person companies. Figure out what you want to do, what resources you have, and decide on the next step. Put it on a post it note in your house to constantly remind yourself. Think about why you want to do this, not what or how. starting a company takes an average of 4 years.
Repeat the same positive message to yourself and you will start to believe it. Used by top athletes to visualize success.
Authors: Staffan Ehde
Published: August 2016
Tags: TEDx Youth Helsingborg, psychology, inspirational, neural programming
We are all born neutral, but we are programmed by the negative messages our parents give us, which is then repeated by us to ourselves. Break this programming by repeating positive messages to ourselves. In a study, participants were able to resist eating candy if they said to themselves "I do not eat candy" instead of "I shall not eat candy". [Comment: but I can't become a great basketball player just by telling myself I...[more]
Barack Obama: we must not just ask is it profitable (incentives), but is it right. Don't just rely on incentives and rules.
Authors: Barry Schwartz
Published: February 2009
Tags: TED classic, psychology, public policy, inspirational
By imposing more rules and incentives on society, we are diminishing our ability to use our moral, empathy skills to simply do the right thing. Sometimes when incentives are introduced, it causes people to focus on the incentives and not on what is the morally right thing. Don't just teach ethics, celebrate moral heros.
Very entertaining talk, but basically, her message is "just do it"
Authors: Mel Robins
Published: June 2011
Tags: TEDx SF, psychology, life hack, inspirational
"activation energy", the amount of energy needed to physically force yourself to do something, e.g. get out of bed. We are constantly growing and changing, and boredom with routine causes unhappiness.
Don't be afaid to go on unconventional route, do what you love
Authors: Steve Jobs
Published: June 2005
Tags: TED classic, life hack, inspirational
This is actually the Stanford commencement speech. Not clear if it is an official ted talk.