New Year, New You: 5 Motivational TED Talks You Need to Hear

New Year, New You: 5 Motivational TED Talks You Need to Hear

MADE by Jasmine Browley 

It’s that pivotal time of year again. Everything is anew, motivation is high and optimism is bountiful. With so much positivity floating around, it’s hard to choose where to start since there’s plenty of resources to help kick your productivity into high gear. We’ve gathered some of the most motivational TED Talks to get you on the right track to living your best life!

Luvvie Ajayi – Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Pop culture pundit and NY Times best-selling author, Luvvie Ajayi recently gave the TED Talk of all talks that outlined the power of discomfort. She begins by telling the audience about her journey of speaking her truth despite the consequences and why we should learn to do the same. Ajayi presented with the challenge to ask ourselves three really important questions when debating whether to speak up or be silent, which ultimately puts being comfortable on its head.

“But I realize comfort is overrated,” she said. “Because being quiet is comfortable. Keeping things the way they’ve been is comfortable. And all comfort has done is maintain the status quo. So we’ve got to get comfortable with being uncomfortable by speaking these hard truths when they’re necessary.”

Tom Rives – The Museum of Four in the Morning

If you’re looking for a reason to carry out the New Year’s resolution to wake up earlier every day, here’s your motivator. Rives, a performance artist, points out various pop culture references, scientific studies and physiological advantages to waking up at 4 am. Set your alarm clocks for success! 

Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius

Author of Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert helps us to tap into our inner brainiac when we’re feeling zapped creatively. In her talk, she unpacks how creatives can consistently act as vessels of genius instead of trying to be geniuses.

Rakia Reynolds – Rules of the Road on the Journey to Success


This is the TED Talk we all need when scrolling through our feed leaves us feeling like our lives are little less than lit. Rakia Reynolds, founder of Skai Blue Media, tackles the perils of comparison in the age of social media by assembling a mosaic of accumulated roadblocks, failures, stumbles and unexpected moments of triumph and joy that her thousands of followers don’t see.

Linda Hill – How to Manage for Collective Creativity

Harvard professor Linda Hill’s talk is perfect for creative entrepreneurs looking not only hone in on their own intellectual capital but also their team’s. She helps break down the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance.

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