Over the years Ted has been instrumental in capturing the human imagination and spreading the human network of intelligence and information. Every Ted Speaker has in some way or the other influenced us to think for the better future. However there have been some speakers who by their words and intelligence have given a reason to look back at our lives. Here are 5 of the most influential Ted videos to be ever made, these speeches will change your life, or at least the way you look at life.
The man, the myth, the legend. At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar speaks about trusting your gut, because it somehow already knows where you need to be. He also speaks about “connecting the dots,” describing how, when you look back at your life, you will see that everything was connected and led you to a meaningful and somehow fated destination. This talk is very inspiring, and gives you a sense of love and appreciation for this innovative entrepreneur and visionary, who had a reputation for being tough on his subordinates.
2. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling book “Eat, Pray, Love,” speaks about her ideas on creativity. She delves into the history of creative genius, and gives a background on the various definitions, as well as the evolution of beliefs on creativity throughout the centuries. She also shares her own experience with creative genius, and her struggle with the ability to connect to it again in the wake of the massive success of “Eat, Pray, Love.” I love this talk because she makes creativity sound like a mystical and divine gift that must be caught by those who are lucky enough to harness it. She presents some very interesting concepts, and I found the historical background to be very thought provoking as well. This talk is a MUST SEE.
3. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”. The author and ethnographer (an anthropologist who studies specific human subcultures), speaks on his findings on the most effective method to inspire change. He goes into detail about the parts of the brain that a leader must affect to influence others, as well the type of behavior that inspires others to take action for a cause. “Start with the Why” is Simon’s main tag line, and it based on the idea that if you can appeal to people’s heart and gut, and make them truly believe what you believe than they will trust and follow you. This is interesting because it gives you a scientific breakdown of the human brain and thinking patterns for decision making.
4. Susan Cain: The Power of introverts
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Often business and entrepreneurship is thought to be a game played best by the outgoing. However, in this passionate case for introverted value, Cain shares that really the best environment for every person to be in are the ones that stimulates their productivity and creativity best. While introverts might brainstorm best in small groups or isolation, how they do their best work isn’t important — it’s the quality and contribution of the work brought forth that matters most for all personality types — introverts included.
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?
We hope you enjoy these talks and find as much value in them as the team at The Daily Columnist has!