4 Amazing Must-Watch TED Talks


I came across watch a Ted talk everyday challenge at multiple places. But that is not the reason why I watched. I watched a TED talk because I had lot of mobile data. Keeping aside the jokes, I wanted to see how a TED talk can change my life.

To your surprise and my surprise, TED talks don’t change your life just by watching them. I am sorry, I am not saying that you have to take action too. Because that is obvious. But what was not obvious to me when I started was, choosing a talk which actually gives me a new idea. I classify the talks I watched into 3 types.

Revision of concepts:


1.The puzzle of motivation – Daniel Pink


I watched it before but forgot that I did. It was a revision lesson. I am yet to read his book. This talk is about why rewards are not the right incentive to motivate a person to work.


2.The power of vulnerability – Brene Brown


I read her book the gifts of imperfection. That drove me to listen to her. This too was a revision because she repeated the same things which she wrote in her book.


3.How Boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas


I learned this concept in ‘Learning how to learn’ coursera course. Brain needs to go into a diffused mode after focussed mode to remember better and get into idea generating mode.


4.Power of reading from a reluctant teenager:


If you are not much of a reader, I suggest you watch this. I wanted to see what a teenager has to advise. She was good for her age.


5.Words, not ideas: How to write a book


The reason why we like a few books and why we don’t like the others.


6.Why you should define your fears


The talk by Tim Ferris validated my method of dealing with fear.


7.How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes


He mentioned the what why how principle. The basic principle which everyone needs to follow in every aspect of life.


8.The first 20 hours to learn anything:


Similar to what I read on fluent forever and also 4 hour chef. You just need to know the few things which is going to make you decent at it.


9.50 books in 50 weeks:


Title is totally unrelated to the content of the talk.


10.Refusing to settle- Quarter life crisis:


I hit this a few years back. Now, I am happy that I am on the same path as Smiley, the TED talker. I am grateful to have already met believers who made me feel accountable. Now I lead a life where I don’t have the money I wanted but I definitely have a meaning. It was one hell of a nostalgic talk. And if you are in mid life crisis, you should definitely watch this.


Learnt something new:


1.The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans:


I learnt that brain scan of a normal person and that with a disorder is totally different. Complex diseases like Alzhemiers can be detected as early as in twenties just through a brain scan.


2.Draw your future:


I took it as an action point. I want to draw how I want my life to be.


3.Why I read a book a day:


I always did not know how to apply the principle of ‘You are average of 5 people you spend time with’. Now I know that I have to spend one third of the time each with people less, equal and more than me.


4.My year reading a book from each country in the world:


This talk inspired me to read a book from each state of my country.


5.Brain Magic – Keith Barry


I don’t know how he did that magic. If it was an illusion or if there are actually techniques. This comes under interesting and not amazing because it was just an entertainment and not learning.


6.A rich life with less stuff – The Minimalists

I liked their creative way of presentation. The content was the same old one. Do more with less stuff.


Amazing Talks:


Long long back, I made a list of ted talks I wish to watch. I don’t even remember why I made the list and the source of it. But it turned out to be a magic box.


Moral of the story:


Just like how not all books are good, not all ted talks are worth your time. Ted talk becomes amazing only if you choose something which you have no idea about and are interested in knowing about it. Otherwise it is just going to be ‘an utter waste of my time’ to ‘thanks for revising my concepts’.


Happy watching ted talks!