Posted 02/01/2015

10 Ted Talks That Will Inspire You To Achieve Your Dreams in 2015

It’s the beginning of another year. Did you achieve everything you set out to do last year? I know I wish I had committed more time to doing the things I was truly passionate about. I’m sure we all do. But the best part of a new year is putting all of last year’s good, bad and ugly behind us and getting a fresh start. Let’s make this year the year you pursue all the crazy and lofty ideas you have. Maybe you do want to change the world. Or maybe you just need to change a small habit to make a big impact in your life.

Change is tough. So to help encourage the right mindset and fill your heart with inspiration to actually make change this year,We have put together the 10 Ted Talks that will inspire you to take action. All of these Ted Talks break down different aspects of what it means to be successful, productive and take charge of  your own ideas worth spreading. Are you ready to make 2015 your best year yet?


10 Ted Talks That Will Inspire You To Achieve Your Dreams

Dan Gilbert – The Surprising Science of Happiness

Happiness is a strange thing. It’s hard to really pinpoint what makes us happy and how we can achieve sustainable, long-term happiness in our lives. Dan Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and author of Stumbling Upon Happiness, shares his insights about the relationship between our minds and our beliefs about what makes us happy. His talk takes you through the all too human dilemma of what makes us happy vs. what might make us happy “one day.” By the end of his talk you’ll have a scientific understanding of your happiness and the different areas of the brain that affect this stubborn belief. It’s a must watch Ted Talk!

Chris Hadfield – What I learned From Going Blind in Space

Chris Hadfield’s talk about his personal journey into space and going temporarily blind during a routine space walk is a captivating story. He explains that in his moments of blindness he came across a very peculiar distinction. The difference between fear and danger. We all experience in varying degrees the fear and danger of life. What Hadfield teaches us is that fear is a real part of the any personal or professional journey, but that you’re never really in danger. Once you can judge for yourself the acute difference between these two things you’re primed for success.

Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

There’s so much to take away from Amy Cuddy’s talk. She is a renowned social psychologist and body language  expert who explores the different ways our body language commutes and influences us more than spoken words. Cuddy explains that your body language not only affects how other people perceive but also how it greatly affects your own self-perception. This talk shows us that changing a few small things in your posture can lead to big improvements in your life.

David Brooks – Should You Live For Your Resume Or Your Eulogy

David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, discusses the everyday logic that drives us to lead better lives. The real question we have to ask ourselves is: Are we doing this by building better human relationships or for economic benefits? His insights shed light on the fact we often forgo everything for the bottom line of our own lives and it’s really impossible to value life in such economic terms. Brooks will show you how to value what really matters in life and ways you can work towards this “inverse logic”.

David Pogue – Top 10 Time-Saving Tech Tips

Time is a precious thing. David Pogue knows this very well and has put together a talk that leverages all the new technology and software we have at our disposal as consumers to help automate tasks and win back some of our time. This is very much a practical talk and the subject matter is something we should all become very familiar with. Stop wasting your time on mundane tasks.

Elizabeth Gilbert – Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating

We all know the book, “Eat, Pray, Love.” It’s now a classic english literature book and Elizabeth Gilbert is a pop culture sensation. But even she has her lonely doubts about being at the very top of literature stardom. As she explains in her talk, because of the monumental success of her novel she felt the burden of its success on her shoulders and at one point considered never writing again. I think we’ve all felt this burden from time to time and Gilbert’s talk about finding her passion and going back to her early days of failure as an author helped push her past this burden. In the end, she teaches us failure and success are two sides to the same coin and both should be looked at as a step in the right direction.

Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts

There’s a common belief among us that the very best must be social, out-going extroverts who steal the show the moment they walk through the door. As Susan Cain relates in her talk, this really is not the case and introverts have a strong claim to the emerging innovation in tech and the economy at large. She goes on to explain that  it really does not matter how one’s personality best fits with the group but that each idea be weighed by its quality and contribution. This is a great talk if you’ve ever found yourself confronted with being too “closed” or introverted in your professional life.

Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon’s ted talk about the importance of your “why” and the reason you pursue goals and actions, either professionally or personally, makes all the difference in the world. It really is the reason for success or failure. Do you remember the last time you asked yourself “why you were doing something or why it mattered to you? If not, this talk–one of the most popular Ted talks–will show you how to understand your true passion and motivation and inspire you to bold new action.

Angela Lee Duckworth – The Key to Success? Grit.

There’s a lot of different theories out there about how to be successful but Angela’s theory about “grit” being the predictor of success is the most compelling. If you ever thought success was reserved for those with high IQs or wealth, this ted talk is for you. Angela breaks down what it means to be successful and why Grit and raw determination is your best ally in accomplishing big dreams.

Jane McGonigal – The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life

Gamification has been lauded as one of the techniques to get people to be more engaged in school and business. But can it also help you life a better life? Jane McGonigal, a game designer, tells her story and how she came to build SuperBetter. SuperBetter, a healing game, is Jane’s contribution to the world as something to help people live longer. A ted talk with big implications, you should watch this video if you want to add 7.5 minutes to your life everyday.

So there you have it. All the inspiration you need to make 2015 the year you do something big and memorable. Here’s to a new year and a new opportunity to build and experience the things you’ve always wanted to.