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6 Inspiring TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

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We all strive to be successful in the world. It is the goal that once we graduate, we will enter the workforce, and BOOM, it will all just fall into place.

Trust me, as a recent graduate, that is not the case. It is hard out here. Well, one definite avenue is to go into business for yourself.

That’s right, become an entrepreneur. Don’t get me wrong that cannot be easy, but the benefits are much better!

You set your hours and how much you get paid, and you are your boss! Sounds ideal, right? Well, it can still be tricky. So here are six inspiring TED Talks every entrepreneur should watch.

“5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams”

“When we think about the dreams we have, and the dent we want to leave in the universe, it is striking to see how big of an overlap there is between the dreams we have, and projects that never happen.”

The first one is by Bel Pesce, and I feel it’s a perfect starter for the TED Talks every entrepreneur should watch. You have this business idea in mind, and you’re excited. However, sometimes other people can shoot down that dream, or you can find ways to self-sabotage the concept. Pesce provides the tools not to shoot down your goals and help bring them to fruition.

If you love her talk, Pesce is also a writer and has many books, such as A Menina do Vale,  on finding your success. The books, however, are in Portuguese. Nevertheless, I still want to share a link to one of her books because her talk is so good! Plus, we may have some readers that speak/read Portuguese.

“Success is a Continuous Journey”

“Want to Innovate? Become a ‘Now-ist’”

“…even though the world is extremely complex, what you need to do is very simple. So I think it’s about stopping this notion that you need to plan everything, you need to stock everything, and you need to be so prepared and focus on being connected….

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Joi Ito’s talk is just the motivation you need as an entrepreneur. When running your own business, you can sometimes get caught up in the “what ifs” and the fear of the future. Through telling his story, Ito challenges you to live in the moment and not become so entangled in future fears. He goes into more detail about navigating this complex world and staying in the now in his books. One that stood out isWhiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future[syazon_link, which talks about the future already being worldwide to live in the now.

“Women Entrepreneurs, Example Not Exception”

“And for far too long, we have underestimated ourselves and been undervalued by others. It is time for us to aim higher when it comes to women, to invest more and to deploy our dollars to benefit women all around the world.”

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s talk is by far one of my favorites because not only is it hard to try and become an entrepreneur, but it is even harder for women. Women are already confronted with the glass ceiling in jobs where they work for a (typically) male boss.

Imagine trying to become your own boss. Not many will invest in their ideas. Lemmon delivers a brilliant speech on how women should be the example and not the exception.

She mentions multiple brilliant entrepreneurial women she has met and how they cannot be the only ones out there. We must put more investment in women and make them the example, not the exception.

Lemmon Unfortunately, he has a fabulous book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana[/easyazon_link], based on some of the women she mentions in her talk!

“How to Find Work You Love”

“So ask yourselves as you go back to your daily lives: How am I using my talents to help society? Because the most powerful lesson here is, if more people lived their lives trying to be famous in death, the world would be a much better place.”

Yes, I know this seems morbid, but bear with me here. Lux Narayan read over 2,000 obituaries to see what they could teach us about the people before they passed. From it, he made a remarkable discovery about those who lived incredible lives and how you can do extraordinary things, even if you are not famous. I think this is something entrepreneurs should watch because it shows you’re capable of greatness, and you can be the average joe that does the unthinkable.

So watch these TED Talks and check out those books. Furthering your knowledge on becoming a successful entrepreneur will only help you in the long run!


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