Everyone Wants to Succeed!

Everyone wants to succeed, but not everyone knows how to succeed.There are many things that will help us go the distance, but few are as empowering and inspiring as a TED Talk.Listening to a TED Talk is a great way to gain information, discover new sources of innovation, and jump-start your life toward success. Here are some that are especially powerful with wonderful takeaways. Each of them provides something that each of us can benefit from, learn from, and begin using right away.

If you’re truly serious about succeeding, then watch, listen, and learn.

Richard St. John, 8 Secrets of Success

After a high school student asked him what leads to success, St. John spent seven years conducting 500 interviews to find answers. In this brief, entertaining talk, he shares what he learned from people working in the sciences, arts, media, technology, and other fields, including such well-known figures as Rupert Murdoch, Norman Jewison, Goldie Hawn, Frank Gehry, and Bill Gates.

 

Steven Berlin Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From

What’s the relationship between coffeehouses and the Enlightenment? Johnson has made a study of the places where human and biological innovation thrive, from the internet to the rainforest, in search of patterns that can help us become more creative and innovative. Along the way, he discovers some of the things we get wrong in our thinking about ideas and problem solving.

Tim Brown, Tales of Creativity and Play

Brown, CEO of the innovation and design firm Ideo, explores the ways adulthood shuts down the playful creativity of childhood and helps us understand how we can regain it.

Malcolm Gladwell, The Unheard Story of David and Goliath

It’s an ancient story that’s familiar to most of us–the giant and well-equipped warrior Goliath is defeated by a young boy armed only with a sling and five stones.

It’s such a classic tale that it’s come to be used as shorthand for any underdog’s victory. But if we back up from our what we think we know and pay attention to the details, the story may be telling us something very different.