3 of My Favorite Inspirational Ted Talks
You can spend hours on YouTube watching videos on just about any topic you can think of. But if it is inspiration you are seeking, TED.com is a great alternative.
TED is short for technology, entertainment and design.
A TED talk is a presentation that incorporates all three and lasts no longer than 18 minutes.
TED.com offers talks on a wide array of topics.
Here are a few talks I’ve viewed and felt were inspirational.
If you’ve seen a TED talk that I don’t have on the list, let me know about it in the comments section.
I reference Simon Sinek’s Start With Why throughout this website.
It should be the foundation for anyone who wants to create a meaningful business.
In this TED talk, one of the most viewed of all time, Sinek discusses the concept of the “Golden Circle”.
Most companies communicate what they do. But the successful ones start with why they do what they do.
Ken Robinson gave the most viewed TED talk of all time in 2006.
This one was given four years later.
In it, he suggests that most people in America don’t make good use of their talents. They get no pleasure out of what they do. They endure rather than enjoy.
Robinson argues that this all stems from a flawed American education system.
Every child is expected to go to school, study the same curriculum, earn good grades, attend a top college, and secure a stable, full-time job.
He suggests that the system needs to be overhauled and a child’s education needs to be personalized and customized so that it fits them.
This is one that should resonate with anyone who is working a job they don’t find fulfilling.
And my hope is that, with the guidance and resources I am providing, you can change that.
Quit the job (or come up with an actionable plan to eventually quit the job), start a business, and live the life you want to live.
Nancy Frates is the mother of Pete Frates, who is widely credited for causing the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge craze to become a phenomenon.
Pete was diagnosed with ALS in 2012.
It is a disease with no known cure.
Pete used the diagnosis as a catalyst to make a real difference in the world.
He vowed to get the attention of the most active philanthropists in the world, including people like Bill Gates.
In its infancy, The Ice Bucket Challenge was not attached to any particular cause.
However, as Nancy describes it in this powerful TED talk, a former roommate of Pete’s challenged another ALS victim, Pat Quinn.
Quinn, in turn, challenged his friend, Pete Frates.
They both supported and encouraged others to support ALS charities.
Pete’s video quickly spread throughout his hometown of Boston, where everyone accepted the challenge and donated to support finding a cure for ALS.
This was the challenge’s tipping point and where it became attached to ALS.
And the rest is history.
Facebook reported that more than 2.4 million videos were shared on their platform related to The Challenge during the summer of 2014. And well over $100 million was raised for various ALS charities.
Hundreds of high-profile celebrities, including Bill Gates, participated in the challenge.
It is a prime example of the power of social media and is a truly inspirational story.
What Do You Think?
Are you a fan of TED talks?
Do you have a favorite?
Let me know in the comments section below.
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