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Transform Your Life In One Month: The 30 Best TED Talks Of All Time That Will Inspire You

Transform Your Life In One Month: The 30 Best TED Talks Of All Time That Will Inspire You

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” –  Aristotle

Each one of us needs a starting point to better ourselves, a spark of inspiration that lights up passion inside of you.

And as the old saying goes: if you want to be the best, learn from the best.

Here’s a list of the 31 best TED talks of all time, which will open the gates of imagination and creativity and help you become a better person!

1. Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of Sixth Sense

Takeaway: The future is already here. Learn how modern technology helps the physical world interact with the world of data.

“What we can do is not important. What we should do is more important.”

2. Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

Takeaway: Learn the force behind the things you do in your everyday life and how to change your habits.

“The defining factor [for success] is never resources; it’s resourcefulness.”

3. Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

Takeaway: Discover why you are irrational and why your memory often misleads you.

“We don’t choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences. Even when we think about the future, we don’t think of our future normally as experiences. We think of our future as anticipated memories.”

4. David Gallo: underwater astonishments

Takeaway: There is so much we still don’t know about the planet we live on.

“Today we’ve only explored about 3 percent of what’s out there in the ocean. Already we’ve found the world’s highest mountains, the world’s deepest valleys, underwater lakes, underwater waterfalls …  There’s still 97 percent, and either that 97 percent is empty or is just full of surprises.”

5. Mary Roach: 10 things you didn’t know about an orgasm

Takeaway: Learn 10 baffling and hilarious things about sexual climax.

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“If you can trigger the Lazarus reflex in a dead person, why not the orgasm reflex?”

6. Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Takeaway: Having less stuff might actually make us happier.

“We’ve got to cut the extraneous out of our lives, and we’ve got to learn to stem the inflow. We need to think before we buy. Ask ourselves, ‘Is that really going to make me happier? Truly?”

7. Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy?

Takeaway: Learn how to train your mind to be happy.

“Natural happiness is what we get when we get what we wanted, and synthetic happiness is what we make when we don’t get what we wanted. In our society, we have a strong belief that synthetic happiness is of an inferior kind.”

8. Hans Rosling: The best stats you’ve ever seen

Takeaway: Big data helps to debunk myths about the so-called “developing world.”

“I have shown that Swedish top students know statistically significantly less about the world than the chimpanzees.”

9. Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Takeaway: Learn why introverts should be encouraged and celebrated.

“Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Gandhi — all these peopled described themselves as quiet and soft-spoken and even shy. And they all took the spotlight, even though every bone in their bodies was telling them not to.”

10. Keith Barry: Brain magic

Takeaway: Learn how our brains can fool our bodies.

“I’m going to show you all how easy it is to manipulate the human mind once you know how.”

11. David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes

Takeaway: Great reminder of how important passion and persistence are in our lives.

“As a magician, I think everything is possible. And I think if something is done by one person it can be done by others.”

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12. Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar

Takeaway: Learn one of the most useful skills in your life – how to detect lies.

“A lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance; its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie.”

13. Matt Cuts: Try something new for 30 days

Takeaway: You will never know if you like something unless you try it.

“The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?”

14. Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight

Takeaway: Incredibly moving journey of a scientist who suffered a stroke and her way back to the normal life.

“I am the life-force power of the universe. I am the life-force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form, at one with all that is.”

15. Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Takeaway: Learn why those who are vulnerable are generally happier and feel more worthy of love.

“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.”

16. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

Takeaway: Learn why there is a genius in all of us.

“We’ve completely internalized and accepted collectively this notion that creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked, and that artistry in the end will always ultimately lead to anguish — are you guys all cool with that idea?”

17. Meg Jay: Why 30 Is Not the New 20

Takeaway: Learn why your twenties are actually a formative period in our lives.

“When you pat a twentysomething on the head and you say, ‘You have 10 extra years to start your life’ … you have robbed that person of his urgency and ambition.”

18. Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Takeaway: Learn how you are influenced by your own body language.

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“Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.”

19. Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

Takeaway: Learn why we need to rethink how we run our businesses and motivate our employees.

“If you want people to perform better, you reward them, right? Bonuses, commissions, their own reality show. Incentivize them. … But that’s not happening here. You’ve got an incentive designed to sharpen thinking and accelerate creativity, and it does just the opposite. It dulls thinking and blocks creativity.”

20. Deb Roy: The Birth of a Word

Takeaway: Learn in detail how children acquire language and what the implications of this process are.

“The true promise is where the numbers and patterns from this data connect and become personal, enabling us to understand and to respond to humanity and the world in ways previously unimaginable”

21. Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk

Takeaway: Learn why our sedentary lives might be deadly to our bodies and minds.

“Walk and talk. … You’ll be surprised at how fresh air drives fresh thinking.”

22. Ken Robinson: Schools Kill Creativity

Takeaway: Learn about the growing importance of creativity in our education system.

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

23. Elon Musk: The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity

Takeaway: Learn about innovative thought processes and the future of energy.

“Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. … Hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful.”

24. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Takeaway: Learn where the true inspiration really comes from.

“People don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.”

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25. Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Takeaway: Learn why the world needs more women at the top of their professions.

“I believe a world in which half the countries and half the companies were run by women would be a better world.”

26. Andrew Solomon: Love, No Matter What

Takeaway: Learn how diagnosis of an illness can affect identity.

“People … don’t want to be cured or changed or eliminated. They want to be whoever it is that they’ve come to be.”

27. Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

Takeaway: Learn why every child deserves to have someone believe in them completely.

“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”

28. Steve Jobs: How To Live Before You Die

Takeaway: Learn how to pursue your dreams and see the opportunities in life’s obstacles.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.”

29. Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food

Takeaway: Learn how our ignorance of food might destroy our lives and the those of our children.

“Your child will live a life ten years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we’ve built around them.”

30. Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

Takeaway: Learn about the powers of trust and relationships.

“I maintain couchsurfing and crowdsurfing are basically the same thing — you’re falling into the audience and you’re trusting each other.”

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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Different Folks, Different Strokes

Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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Productivity and Trust Killer

Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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A Flexible Remote Working Policy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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