I’m a big fan of TED (Technology, Education, Design) lectures. There are now hundreds of talks on their site. Many of them help me think about the world in a different way. Here are 7 of my favorites.
Steve Jobs – How to Live Before You Die. This program may be one of the most watched of all the TED lectures. Jobs talks about what’s important in his life and during his talk we learn some questions we might want to ask ourselves. One of the most important lectures I’ve watched.
Daniel Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation. Daniel Pink has written some of the more interesting management books in the past ten years. This TED lecture talks about how to unlock the puzzle of motivation. It’ll give you some good ideas on what you can do as an individual and what you might want to think about as an employer.
Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action. This lecture helps you understand why answering my favorite question is important. If you understand why what you want to do is important, you will likely have a compelling reason that helps you move forward. This program does a nice job explaining answering why you want to do something is the key for success.
Benjamin Zandler – The Transformative Power of Classical Music. If you haven’t ever seen Benjamin Zandler you’re in for a treat. He is one of the most enthusiastic supporters of classical music in our country. You will not only learn why classical music is great, but you’ll learn a little about what you can do to become better at whatever it is you do.
Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts. We live in a world of extroverts. Susan Cain helps us understand that there not only is a place in the world for introverts, but introverts are really important for successful organizations. Introverts tend to think deeply. Those deep thoughts often help us move forward. If you’re an extrovert you might just learn to appreciate your introverted brethren.
Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do. I first met Tony well before he became Anthony. He used to hang around Vermont doing his Personal Power seminar and firewalks. He has always been one of the best NLP (neurolinguistic programming) people in the country. This program helps answer the question why is it we do what we do.
Malcom Gladwell – Choice, Happiness and Spaghetti Sauce. For those of you who have read The Tipping Point or Outliers you already know who Malcom Gladwell is. In this TED lecture he helps us get inside the food industries perfect spaghetti sauce. His social commentary on why we do what we do is something that’s always worthwhile.
You may have noticed a theme with these lectures. They all have to deal with the question why. Why do others do what they do? Why do you do what you do? And what can we do to help others answer the whys in their life.
These seven programs just might help with your own questions or helping those around you. If we can all understand why internal and external actions are important to use, we will have more personal motivation and more enthusiasm about what we do in life.
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