8 Ted Talks that Will Make You a More Successful Entrepreneur

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You probably know by now that being an entrepreneur can make you feel like you’re on top of the world and in way over your head, both in the span of an hour.

This is because business owners have their own set of challenges to navigate and skills to develop, in the hopes that the payoff is worth it. And, while it won’t always be smooth sailing, there are ways to chart the professional waters which will make the entrepreneurial voyage all that much easier.

Like a toddler who’s ready to explore his/her environment, it’s good to have “parents” – or leaders – to show you the ropes, so you don’t need to experience the world alone.

Enter: Ted Talks!

Clear, well-articulated and given over by authorities in all number of fields, Ted Talks are a great tool for learning new skills and getting advice from experts you otherwise may not have access to. And sometimes, we need to hear how others were able to accomplish their goals in order to motivate ourselves to do the same.

Following our post on productivity hacks, we’ve brought you a list of Ted Talks that are entertaining, amusing, and even just a bit too on the nose. From tackling the best ways to fail to discussing how stress can work for you, these Ted Talks have one thing in common: They all can help you become the successful entrepreneur that you’ve set out to be.

Paul Tasner: How I Became an Entrepreneur at 66

We’re at a period where adults (or can they still be referred to as kids?) just over 20 years old are already bemoaning the loss of their youth – and with it, the opportunity to chase the things they’ve always wanted. But Paul Tasner’s message is a clear one: It’s never too late to start your own business.

Getting fired at 64 is daunting at best, but Tasner used it to pursue his passion of clean technology – listen how!

Tina Seelig: The Little Risks You Can Take to Increase Your Luck

Every business venture assumes some amount of risk, but Tina Seelig recommends embracing those risks – like children do – rather than running from them. Here are her 3 helpful suggestions for how to capture luck and identify important opportunities.

Leticia Gasca: Don’t Fail Fast – Fail Mindfully.

The fear of failure is strong in most of us, and it hinders us from our goals on the daily. Leticia Gasca, the inventor of Fuckup Nights, shares the story of her own failure and argues for the celebration of screwups rather than the shaming of them.

Tim Urban: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

If you’re not rolling with laughter by the end of this Ted Talk, you obviously have never procrastinated in your life – and all the more power to you.

However, those of us with less self-control will feel like this talk was created especially for us! In one of my personal favorite Ted Talks of all time, Tim Urban confronts procrastination head-on in a hilarious-yet-all-too-relatable deconstruction of why we procrastinate; he addresses how, despite the fact that it is illogical, we do it anyway, and he shares the ways to get it under control before our time is up.

Russell Foster: Why do We Sleep?

The practice of sleeping just four hours a night is all too popular among budding entrepreneurs who are itching to become successful, and many believe that it’s the only way to get everything done in a day. But Russell Foster, a circadian neuroscientist, stops this idea in its tracks when he discusses what happens to our brains when we lose those precious Z’s.

Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend

How many of us are used to navigating the heart-palpitating, sweat-inducing, brain-rattling circus that our bodies become when we’re feeling stressed? Well, health psychologist Kelly McGonigal tells us that stress isn’t the problem – it’s our beliefs about the stress that wreak havoc on our health. Apparently, stress actually can help us succeed, as long as we’re willing to work with it. We’ll let Kelly take it from here!

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Does being productive make us happy, or does happiness fuel productivity? The answer is the latter, according to positive psychologist and CEO Shawn Achor.

It may be time to rethink the go-go-go lifestyle that so many entrepreneurs lead and instead channel more of our efforts into being consistently happy. The reward? An ironic and well-deserved increase in productivity. Watch this Ted Talk for the laughs, the graphs, and the secret to how this all works.

What Baby Boomers Can Learn From Millennials at Work and Vice Versa

We’re used to hearing about ethnic diversity making for a more productive workplace, but can we say the same about intergenerational diversity? The former Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy Airbnb, Chip Conley, argues that we can. As he says, the widening generational gap in the workplace actually benefits all sides; combining young, digital genius with older, experienced wisdom is the ticket to a successful work environment.

Over to You

Did you watch a Ted Talk that spoke to you? If you’re still searching for ways to up your entrepreneurship game, there are thousands of videos out there with helpful advice. When you’re feeling ready to conquer the world, start working on building your brand!

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