Top 20 TED Talks That Can Improve Your Life (and maybe help you with fears)
I was recently introduced to TED talks by a co-worker who made a presentation at a team meeting. In it, he used a video from TED talks on motivation and happiness at work. Ever since, I have subscribed to the TED talks RSS feed and have watched many of the videos.
Originally TED conferences were only for those that paid the $3000 -$8000 price tag for the seminars – referred to as “The Ultimate Brain Spa”. Now, they have posted them all on their website for everyone to access. I highly recommend floating around on the site and checking it out.
So, I sat down on Monday Labour Day in the evening and went through these 20 so called “Talks that can improve your life” according to Lifehack.org. I watched about 15 of the 20. Some were greatly inspiring – I will get to those in a minute, but others were mediocre at best. In some cases, it was simply the speaker was not inspiring or kept my attention. One video, was a lesson in how much you can swear in a talk and be arrogant – 14. Gary Vaynerchuk: Do What You Love. Although I found him abrasive and insulting, which he actually admits to in the beginning of the video, he has a good point. Do what you love. What is worth putting effort into besides something you love to do? If you’re not doing something you love, you are just existing in your own miserable fish bowl with what seems like no way out.
Two of the best talks were 1. Jonathan Fields: Turning Fear into Fuel, 6. Tim Ferriss: Smash Fear, Learn Anything. I have a third that I actually watched Tuesday night (my extended holiday weekend), 8. Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work.
Jonathan Fields: Turning Fear into Fuel – his talk was the most inspiring of all. The interesting thing is that the topic is nothing new. Many of us (especially me) have many fears that we’re trying to overcome. What really amazed me is that the #4 fear is death and the #1 is public speaking! How is it that we are more afraid of public speaking than of death? I think we’ve got things a little backwards.
What is it that makes people get past fear and anxiety? What is it that makes others stop dead in their tracks? According to Jonathan and from my personal experience, many of us have a fear of failure, fear of judgement and fear of success. You’ve heard me talk about it – fear of judgment and criticism. That fear can hold you back from doing so many things.
Food for thought – in his words about facing fear and anxiety: “You don’t get do-overs”
Tim Ferriss: Smash Fear, Learn Anything – how many of us have had a bad childhood experience that has left us with a huge fear. Tim talks about his childhood fear of water, to getting out there in his 30’s and learning to swim. He turned his fear into an opportunity for action and experience. A lot of our fears are based on unfounded assumptions; big stories that our minds fabricate to keep us from doing something. Our own minds intimidate us out of learning new languages, learning a new sport or something even as simple as having conversations with others.
What would my life look like if I did nothing? Time for action! Next month is going to be the 30 day Fear Project, a test of conquering my fears. You’ll find out more next month!