10 Ted Talks to Inspire & Motivate You



1. Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think.

2. Sophie Scott – Why We Laugh

Did you know that you’re 13 times more likely to laugh if you’re with somebody else than if you’re alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of the topic.

3. Arvin Lal – What’s Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals?

Arvin Lal debunks the most common reasons (or excuses) that people give for why they won’t stop listening to nay-sayers and pursue their own dreams.

4. Eduardo Brinceño – The Power of Belief: Mindset & Success

The way we understand our intelligence and abilities deeply impacts our success. Based on social science research and real life examples, Eduardo Briceño articulates how mindset, or the understanding of intelligence and abilities, is key. When students or adults see their abilities as fixed, whether they think they’re naturals or just not built for a certain domain, they avoid challenge and lose interest when things get hard.

5. Tim Noakes – The Mindset to Succeed

Prof. Tim Noakes is a co-founder and executive director of the Sports Science Institute of SA. He is an author, respected academic and A1 rated scientist and has long been acknowledged as an expert in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise.

6. Alison Ledgerwood – Getting Stuck in the Negatives (and getting unstuck)

Alison Ledgerwood joined the Department of Psychology at UC Davis in 2008 after completing her PhD in social psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding how people think, and how they can think better.

7. Jee Hyun Kim – Living Without Fear

Dr Kim currently leads a research team working on memory aspects of early-onset anxiety disorders and drug addiction in the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne.

8. Caroline McHugh – The Art of Being Yourself

Who is the real real you?

9. Adam Leipzig – How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes

The most important question you’ll ever ask.

10. Ivan Joseph – The Skill of Self Confidence

As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In Dr. Joseph’s TEDx Talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives.