There are many things that we do not know or have trouble understanding. Oftentimes we do not know where to start looking for information. But, the internet provides us with a great opportunity to learn any subject through videos, writing, and websites. TED talks are a great resource for learning a variety of topics in a short time. I have listed eight of my favorite TED talks on a wide variety of subjects that are worth your time. I hope you learn a few things you can take away and apply to your life.
3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed – Ric Elias
Ric Elias was a passenger on Flight 1549, the plane that landed on the Hudson river in 2009. In this video, Ric discusses what went through his mind as he believed the plane was going to go down. He offers a great perspective from what he learned during this frightening experience. Ric is CEO and co-founder of Red Ventures, a portfolio of digital companies that creates customized online experiences.
How I Held My Breath for 17 Minutes – David Blaine
David Blaine is a magician and stuntman who is best known for his feats of extreme endurance. This video details how he trained to stay underwater for this world-record breaking attempt, and how he thinks through his work. He is the author of Mysterious Stranger. You can learn more about David by visiting his website.
The Power of Introverts – Susan Cain
Susan Cain is a best-selling author, lecturer, and a co-founder of Quiet Revolution. Her talk discusses the current state of society, where being social and outgoing are valued. She argues that introverts bring extraordinary talent and abilities to the world. She is the author of Quiet, and Quiet Power.
How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is an author and motivational speaker. His books focus on how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust, and change. This video discusses his famous concept of “Why.” He is the author of Start With Why, The Infinite Game, Leaders Eat Last, Find Your Why, and Together Is Better. You can learn more about Simon and his work by visiting his website.
How To Speak So That People Want To Listen – Julian Treasure
Julian is a sound and communication expert. His mission is to help organizations and people listen better and create more effective sound. This talk discusses powerful speaking, and provides vocal exercises and tips on how to speak with empathy. He is the author of How To Be Heard and Sound Business. You can learn more at his website.
The Power of Vulnerability – Dr. Brene Brown
Dr. Brene Brown is a research professor and author. She studies courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. In this video, Dr. Brown shares insight from her research to understand herself and humanity. She is the author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Dare to Lead, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness. You can visit her website for more information.
Is The Obesity Crisis Hiding a Bigger Problem? – Dr. Peter Attia
Dr. Attia is the founder of Attia Medical and focuses on the applied science of longevity. In this video, Dr. Attia questions the current understanding of diabetes. He analyzes how assumptions within the medical community may be leading us to the wrong wars. You can learn more about Dr. Attia by visiting his website and listening to his podcast, The Drive.
The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers – Adam Grant
Adam Grant is a professor at Wharton. He is a leading expert on motivation and meaning, as well as living generous and creative lives. In this video, Adam discusses how creative people come up with ideas. He shows us that “the greatest originals are the ones who fail the most.” Adam is the author of Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. Visit Adam’s website to learn more about him.