The internet is a huge collection of data that is almost unfathomable. The number of videos available to watch online is impossible – not all of them are worth watching. Some are entertaining, others educational. Today we focus on those which are undeniably inspiring.
There is no doubt that scrolling through Youtube or Facebook you would have stumbled upon videos by TED.com – these are the best talks picked out from conference events held annually since 1984. “TED talks” as they are known, are available online for free – and are focused on ‘ideas worth spreading’. TED speakers are often told that the conference is like giving the talk of their life.They are usually overachievers that are passionate about finding solutions to the worlds biggest issues, making the conference an important discussion between the great minds of today. The following list of TED talks for you to watch and be inspired by their ideas.
- How to Motivate People to do Good for Others – Erez Yoeli
Everyone wants to do good right? Well, it isn’t always that simple. Watch as MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shows us the different approaches we can use to help make people come to the decision to do good things. The talk is both funny and informative, worth watching as the content is deeply researched and the tips are incisive.
- My Philosophy for a Happy Life – Sam Berns
It’s all in the title, isn’t it? This speaker with a rare genetic disorder helps us in our journey of personal growth and shows us how to achieve happiness. There is no doubt that he has faced many obstacles in his life, yet he has ways to find peace and be happy. Surely, we all have a lot to gain by following his philosophy.
- Got a Wicked Problem? First, Tell Me How You Make Toast – Tom Wujec
This multiple TED conference speaker inspires the audience to think outside the box. With an unusual approach, he shows us a way to visualize the steps to solve difficult problems. You will find yourself with a different view on complications and obstacles that are in your way.
- Living Beyond Limits – Amy Purdy
Sharing her story after amputating both her legs, American actress Amy Purdy will have you in tears, and inspired to conquer the world. Her story will inspire you to live your life to the fullest. After all, if she can start her career as a snowboarder post-amputation; what’s holding you back? Apply for that job, start a youtube channel, go on that trip.
- A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong – Eric Whitacre
A composer and conductor shares the journey of creating such an inspiring piece of music from all over the world, and all the stories before and after it’s creation. Even if you simply listen to the virtual choir, you will be left with chills down your spine.This conference is the perfect thing to warm your heart and remind you that you are not alone in this world.
- How to Make Stress Your Friend – Kelly McGonigal
Various studies over the past few years have shown that around 3 in 4 adults experience mental stress. Watch this TED conference by health psychologist Kelly Mcgonigal to learn how to use stress instead of fearing it and letting it get the best of you. Within a quarter of an hour you will have reshaped the way you think of stress, and how to calibrate your body so as to make use of your stress, not just keep it bottled in.
- How to Live Passionately – No Matter Your Age – Isabel Allende
Feeling the effects of age? This TED talk by Chilean writer Isabel Allende will show that age is really just a number. She will help you realize that you can really live life on your own terms and shed ageist societal expectations and pressures. She shares her perspective candidly about how freeing it is to let go of your age.
- Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are – Amy Cuddy
If you are in need of a boost of confidence, social psychologist, and author Amy Cuddy advises you to use the ‘power pose’. By the end of her talk you will learn how to overcome self doubt, and motivate you to become a positive, inspired, self-assured version of yourself.
With a multitude of speakers on a range of different topics, you can always find something relevant to watch on TED.com – and it’s all freely available on their website! After watching, you will have learnt something from the speaker. Also, you are sure to change the way you think, or see things from a different perspective. Watch those we suggested, or any other TED talk – it will help your personal growth in any case.