Before we open the first page of the next book i.e. welcome the year 2018, we thought some wise words by esteemed speakers would mean a lot and act like a breath of fresh air. As humans, we need constant signs of approval from others and someone to look up to. We like being instructed and assured what works and what doesn’t.
TED talks, as we all know, is a platform where expert speakers share their knowledge and experience on various topics and facets of life. We want to highlight our top 5 favorites for you, to help you increase productivity and for your overall betterment in the coming year.
1. Why you should define your fears instead of goals by Tim Ferriss
“..And I did find a quote that made a big difference in my life, which was, We suffer more often in imagination than in reality, by Seneca the Younger, who was a famous Stoic writer. That took me to his letters, which took me to the exercise, “premeditatio malorum,” which means the pre-meditation of evils. In simple terms, this is visualizing the worst-case scenarios, in detail, that you fear, preventing you from taking action so that you can take action to overcome that paralysis. My problem was monkey mind — super loud, very incessant. Just thinking my way through problems doesn’t work. I needed to capture my thoughts on paper. So I created a written exercise that I called “fear-setting,” like goal-setting, for myself..”
2. How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek
“..Let me give you an example. I use Apple because they’re easy to understand and everybody gets it. If Apple were like everyone else, a marketing message from them might sound like this: “We make great computers. They’re beautifully designed, simple to use and user-friendly. Want to buy one?” “Meh.” That’s how most of us communicate. That’s how most marketing and sales are done, that’s how we communicate interpersonally. We say what we do, we say how we’re different or better and we expect some sort of a behavior, a purchase, a vote, something like that. Here’s our new law firm: We have the best lawyers with the biggest clients, we always perform for our clients. Here’s our new car: It gets great gas mileage, it has leather seats. Buy our car. But it’s uninspiring..”
3. The happy secret to better work by Shawn Anchor
“..The absence of disease is not health. Here’s how we get to health: We need to reverse the formula for happiness and success. In the last three years, I’ve traveled to 45 countries, working with schools and companies in the midst of an economic downturn. And I found that most companies and schools follow a formula for success, which is this: If I work harder, I’ll be more successful. And if I’m more successful, then I’ll be happier. That undergirds most of our parenting and managing styles, the way that we motivate our behavior..”
4. The power of passion and perseverance by Angela Lee Duckworth
“..After several more years of teaching, I came to the conclusion that what we need in education is a much better understanding of students and learning from a motivational perspective, from a psychological perspective. In education, the one thing we know how to measure best is IQ. But what if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily?..”
5. The Surprising Science of happiness by Dan Gilbert
“..From field studies to laboratory studies, we see that winning or losing an election, gaining or losing a romantic partner, getting or not getting a promotion, passing or not passing a college test, on and on, have far less impact, less intensity, and much less duration than people expect them to have. This almost floors me — a recent study showing how major life traumas affect people suggests that if it happened over three months ago, with only a few exceptions, it has no impact whatsoever on your happiness..”
We highly recommend you to check these handpicked TED talks out before you step into the next year, to give you a fresh perspective about life. You can even find the transcripts available on their official website for all their talks. We wish you a very happy new year. Do great things and may great things come to you!