Talks to Motivate

14 inspiring talks to spark creativity


They say that success is often 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration and we think that includes motivation too.

Here at BDifferent, we understand that sometimes you might need a push in the right direction to come up with new ideas.

Below are 14 talks and conversations that will hopefully motivate (or at least inspire) you to look at your future differently.

1. Magnus Walker / Go With Your Gut Feeling

Take a look at this truly motivating TED Talk from Magnus Walker, an ordinary guy whose journey took him from being on the dole to owning a fashion house in the US. This is a talk about creating your own luck and adapting to opportunity.

2. Emilie Wapnick / Why some of us don’t have one true calling

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs and not just one calling.

3. Fifty entrepreneurs share their advice

Foster the dream until it becomes a reality. In this 18-minute video, people behind game-changing organisations like Amazon,  Apple, Google Paypal share their best advice that’s sure to get the creative juices flowing.

4. Susan Cain / The power of introverts

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world and should be encouraged and celebrated.

5. Alexis Ohanian of Reddit / Making something people love

From the co-founder of Reddit comes a one-hour lecture focusing in on how entrepreneurs should take note of community and design.

6. Andrew Stanton / The clues to a great story

The writer and director of A Bug’s Life, Wall-E and Finding Nemo gives the lowdown on how to create a great story.

7. Dr Maya Angelou in conversation with Oprah

Not a talk as such but more a conversation. Angelou goes through the best bits of advice that she’s ever given and the importance of putting yourself first.

8. Julian Treasure / How to Speak so that People Want to Listen

Going through the seven deadly sins of speaking, Julian goes through the amazing toolbox that you own: your voice!

9. Dr. Robert Cialdini and Steve Martin / The Science of Persuasion

This 11-minute animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven in getting someone to say YES.

10. Dr Ivan Joseph / The skill of self-confidence

“Get away from the people that tear you down” – Dr Ivan Joseph takes a closer look at the skill of self-confidence; a skill that can be learned.

11. Amy Cuddy / Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident – can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success

12. Josh Kaufman / The first 20 hours: how to learn anything

Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way.

13. Jim Carrey’s Secret of Life

“Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you”. A snippet of actor Jim Carrey’s moving address to Maharishi University of Management on the key to living a fulfilling life (see the full address here).

14. Simon Sinek / Love Your Work

Simon Sinek speaks on how to be fulfilled by your job and how companies can better support and inspire the people who work for them.

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