Life-Changing TED Talks

Jul 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Here is a list of my favorite TED Talks; the ones that have changed my life in some way and that will, I believe, change yours. Or, at the very least, help you improve your English.


“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

This concept applies to creativity, finances, intelligence, ambitions, life attitude, language abilities, and many other things I can’t think of right now.

The quote is attributed to Jim Rohn, but the same idea appears in many self-help and business books.

I believe it’s true… In theory.

I mean, you can’t abandon your family just because they’re a bunch of grumpy people, while you want to stay positive. And you don’t want to stop seeing your friends who are proud of being stereotypical “starving artists”, while you want to succeed in business.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do right now to bring more creativity, optimism, success, and great English to your life:

  • Read blogs and subscribe to their newsletters
  • Read books
  • Hang out in online communities (Facebook groups, Google Plus communities, LinkedIn groups)
  • Follow your heroes on social media
  • Join a mastermind group
  • Watch TED Talks

This way, you can spend time with the smartest, most creative, most successful, and most inspiring people out there without having to leave your home.


Speaking of TED Talks, I have something special for you today. Below is a list of my favorite TED Talks; the ones that have changed my life in some way and that will, I believe, change yours. Or, at the very least, help you improve your English.

Do you have your own list? Let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for more TED Talks to watch.


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But first, what’s TED?

The acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED is a conference where experts and thought leaders talk about education, business, science, technology, creativity, and many other topics.

A TED Talk is typically a short, powerful talk (3 – 20 minutes) devoted to one idea that is “worth spreading”. I’m referring to their famous slogan that sums up TED’s mission: Ideas worth spreading.


Life-Changing TED Talks You Have to Watch Right Now


Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

Megan Washington: Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking

Sugata Mitra: Build a school in the cloud

Dustin Yellin: A journey through the mind of an artist

Shimpei Takahashi: Play this game to come up with original ideas

Mac Barnett:  Why a good book is a secret door


How to find the best TED Talks

Unlike blogs, podcasts, or even books, you can’t go wrong with a TED Talk. Almost anyone can write a blog, run a podcast, or self-publish a book, but when you see someone standing on the TED stage, it means he or she is a world expert.

There’s no such thing as a bad TED Talk.

But with the thousands of talks that already exist, you still have to do a little research to find the ones that speak to your heart.

How to find your next favorite talk

Go to Watch > TED Talks and browse by topics, languages, and/or duration.

Or go to Watch > Playlists to explore collections



When you sign up, you can save talks for later and create your own lists to organize your favorite talks.


What to do with TED Talks to get the most of them

One of the advantages of TED Talks is that they’re available in many languages. Here is where to find subtitles in your language (the pink circle):



If you don’t want to “cheat” and watch the talk with subtitles in your language, you can turn on English subtitles or make use of the transcript.

How can a transcript help you? Check out this guest post about using transcripts with podcasts and try to use the same strategies with TED Talks.

You can also download the talks as audio or video (see the pink arrow in the image above) to carry them with you and listen to them whenever you need to feel smarter, more creative, or more positive.


You may also like

  • TED Radio Hour – a podcast based on TED Talks where Guy Raz interviews the speakers
Websites similar to TED:


Your turn! In the comments, tell me about your favorite TED Talks or similar resources.