Within the last few years, TEDTalks have become a force of nature, which comes as no surprise since they’re full of insightful information that covers everything from human behavior to scientific breakthroughs to design trends. They’re extremely inspirational and often shifts the paradigm, reframing the way you look at the world. Overall, it helps you become not only a better professional, but a better person. For the aspiring creative entrepreneur, they exist to guide you through challenges, force you to question your preconceived notions, and push you to exert maximum effort into every professional task.
But with all of that, it’s difficult to pinpoint which out of the thousands of TEDTalks are the right ones for you. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of essential TEDTalks, which every entrepreneur in the creative services sector should see:
1. “Do What You Love (No Excuses)!” – Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary V has managed to monetize his passions and in his TEDTalk, he attributed his success to simply “loving what I’m doing.” He focused on the troubling fact that often times, entrepreneurs can be solely motivated in part by the potential for a large profit or are thrilled at the notion of owning their own businesses, not what the business itself actually stands for. But, as cliche as it sounds, to be truly successful, you have to love what you’re doing. Gary spoke on how imperative it is to be in an industry that you truly care about and do the type of work you actually enjoy. Otherwise, satisfaction never comes.
2. “Awesomely Able: From Wall Slides to Successful Stride” – Luvvie Ajayi
If you haven’t heard of Luvvie, you must be living in a pineapple under the sea. The pop culture writer and social media strategist has been everywhere lately, spreading her hilariously candid brand of socially conscious commentary on her blog AwesomlyLuvvie.com as well as a myriad of other online publications she contributes to.
During the talk, she spoke on how she successfully transitioned from a funny blogger to a highly influential digital superstar, all while cracking jokes along the way.
3. “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” – Amy Cuddy
One of the most popular presentations in TEDTalks in history, social psychologist Amy Cuddy examines the way your physical presence affects every aspect in your life, including business. It’s completely life changing, believe me!
4. “How to Manage Your Collective Creativity” – Linda Hill
This presentation is ideal for those established entrepreneurs looking to harness the their team’s creative talents and help foster a more productive work environment. Linda Hill, Harvard professor and author of Collective Genius explored different tactics used by some of the world’s most respected and creative companies and offered applicable ways to implement them in your business strategy.
5. “How to Turn a Part Time Project into a Full Time Gig” – Heather Payne
Heather Payne, founder of Ladies Learning Code, shared her not-so-secret steps to successfully building a nationwide business out of a side job.
MADE by Jasmine Browley