The Best of 10 Most Inspirational TED Talks

February 6, 2018 783 0 0

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Most people are the products of their times, beginning with their childhood. Some look for steady jobs, while others are downed by the slings and arrows of fate. But many challenge the fate they were flung into and fight their way to greatness. The interaction with this latter group is inspiring and certainly consoling. This is the little extra pep that comes from the talk that all people need to run across the finishing line. We offer here the ten best talks that inspired us across the arts and careers.

i.Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek’s talk on great inspiring leaders goes to the hidden roots of successful people who seemingly had the odds against them, but overcame them by intellect and instinct, and above all, by a faith in themselves, and why their offers touched life. It is by getting into their clientele’s thinking and feeling that they made a name for themselves—helped their followers and clientele rise above what was thought possible. Sinek’s simple and convincing examples and techniques are an interesting and precise reflection of the qualities he praises in his examples.

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ii.Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people would want to listen

Treasure’s advice to give up seven of the worst ways of speaking such as gossip goes clears the way to a riveting speech held together by honesty, authenticity, integrity, and love operating on a voice that has the right pitch, tone, register, etc. to reach the hearts of the listener. He turns the exercise into a science demonstrating how voice can be readied and primed to realise its full potential that is rarely exploited. He has his audience eating out of his hand by his superb imitation of every aspect of the speech he wants to promote.

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III. Cameron Russell: Looks are not everything. Believe me, I am a model

Russell has an enchanting honesty that mitigates the bitterness people of colour feel for white privilege—at least during the talk. Bringing her experiences as a model to light, she subtly juxtaposes luck and hard work—this beautiful white model practices her moves “five hundred times”. This helps her rise from nervousness to confidence. Her own lack of experience in real life was compensated for by her ability form an image of herself—learn from her successes as much as she learned from her failures—self-image is all, watch her at :


iv.Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life

Backed up by the longest study in the world—75 years—of what made people happy, this report by Waldinger cannot be ignored by anyone who wants a meaningful life. The superficial glitter of money, fame, and career give way to the deeply human feelings of love that underpins a strong relationship. The survey had people rise from poverty to power and fall from wealth to woe, but the happy life had the common denominator of healthy humans relationships. Waldinger shows that it is never too late to turn a sad life around. All we need to do is “ only. .  . connect”; check Waldinger at

V.Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Achor is a psychologist whose positivity goes back to childhood when he changed a potentially damaging situation to a courageous experience—something he has been doing ever since. It is not ever-receding goals of a career but the satisfaction of achievement that reward one and propel them on to greater achievements. Relying on experiments and experiences from 45 countries, Achor offers an alternative view to the modern day youth that meditation, exercise, etc. have a role in life and need to be a part of the daily routines. Watch Shawn Achor talk at


Vi. Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense Technology

Pranav Mistry, with his invention, SixthSense brings flexibility and a great opportunity to the common people by enabling them to translate their ideas and wills into digital forms and digital forms back into physical forms. All this is achieved by combining simple existing devices such as rollers from old mouses. The potential seems endless. By moving fingers attached to a device, one can take photographs, turn newspapers into television—the opportunities are myriad. His device holds hope for the differently enabled to express themselves—and the beauty is that all these will be open sourced. Check it out at

VII. Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

The shocking amount of human life and potential wasted by procrastination (symbolised by a monkey) is brought home with an immediacy and inevitability that will jolt the viewer out of their comfort zone by Urban in his humorous and graphic talk. With great sympathy and compassion Urban shows that procrastination is conquerable—all we need is the larger picture of life. His real insight is the unnoticed procrastination of achieving a life goal that has now fixed a deadline, and the damage it causes is so much the more devastating. This is one talk that makes you take control of your life—it is no monkey business, check it for yourself at


VIII. Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Turning a bitter enemy into a reliable ally is perhaps the most satisfying experience, more so when it is easy. McGonigal makes a u-turn in her professional approach to stress by seeing it is a force to improve health and relationships—a holistic lifesaver, provided there is a positive approach. Simply, stress is not painful if it is not regarded as a pain, but turns into a great friend impelling one towards their goals. Stress actually makes for human contact by stimulating oxytocin that makes people crave for contact with others—a stress hormone that leads to peace and more meaningful life. Watch Kelly McGonigal speak

IX. ChimamandaNgoziAdichie : The danger of a single story

Ms. Adichie is a Nigerian story writer who brings poignancy and humour to talk about racism, obscurantism, and xenophobia, all products of ignorance. She shows how these result from narrowness of vision and lack of opportunity—problems associated with poverty, but equally ubiquitous among the wealthy—and equally corrosive of understanding and respectfulness. This ignorance is the result of stereotypes that are impressed on young minds at their most malleable, making it difficult to correct them even after decades of study and observation. The “single story” has many versions, and perhaps that is why it is so insidious. To be forewarned is to forearmed, check it out at


X.Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

The author of Eat, Pray, Love looks at the life of an artist that is supposedly doomed to gloom after a runaway success. This is not the challenge for a regular 9-5 employee whose job is a steady hum. Pulling examples from across the arts, ages, and geographies, she shows the divine afflatus striking one unawares at the most unexpected moments. The artist is now challenged to remember and retain it. But as an artist, Gilbert comes to terms with the elusive inspiration—her job is to write, to do her best, and the rest may or may not be history. But she is assured of her peace because she tried her best, and fulfilled her part of the bargain. Her message to the artist is to carry on regardless of success or failure, praise or pity. Watch her speak

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