25 Of The Most Life Changing, Best TED Talks You Will Ever Watch
It’s really hard to keep striving in a world where everyone seems to be extremely happy and multimillionaires by the age of 25!
Everywhere you go there’s a success story.
It’s a story on how I did this, earned a million dollars, now I can live anywhere I want, and work from wherever I want.
It seems like your moment of success is so far away! You feel down, depressed, and defeated.
Your friends and family don’t understand how you are feeling, so you feel alone in a world where everyone is doing better than you.
You really just want to give up hope and just let life be the way it is. Besides, you are not lucky and your life will never change, right?
Well, you are wrong!
Even those millionaires you see all over social media who make life seem so easy, they struggle too!
In fact, those social media accounts you follow are curated to only show you their good times in life and not their struggles. Please remember that!
The trick to happiness is to keep your mindset positive and inspired.
How can you do that? It’s simple and I’ll show you how.
How to not give up!
The key to not giving up is finding inspiration in everything you do.
Sometimes, that can be easy and a lot of times it can be difficult.
Finding inspiration is really hard especially when all you see is gloom.
Which is why you have to build your own tool kit of bliss.
Now, what do I mean by a tool kit? Well, it’s not a bag of tools per se.
It’s your go-to bag of tricks that can help uplift you, make you happy, help you to experience bliss, whenever you feel depressed, overwhelmed, sad, or stressed.
Having a toolkit is amazing because it enables you to be able to take control of your life instead of life taking control of you.
It allows you to write your own narrative and take action instead of things just happening and you reacting to them.
It’s something you can go to lift you out of your negative mood and put you into a more positive one.
Your toolkit could contain something like deep breathing, meditation, counting to 10, reading motivational quotes, or watching Ted talks to inspire you.
Which is what I like to do.
I like to dig into my best Ted talk toolkit and watch a few videos that speak to me and make me change my mindset to a positive one.
By doing this, I feel lighter and more in tune with myself.
I feel like I can now formulate a plan and inspire myself to keep going.
I feel less stressed and more at peace. I know Ted talks can do the same for you too.
What are the Best Ted Talks?
The problem is that with some many different Ted Talks out there how can you choose which ones inspire you and make you feel better.
Well, that’s what I am here for.
Basically, I want to save you time and give you the Ted Talks that inspire me to do my best, and be the best, so that you too can be your best. So that you can experience bliss.
In fact, I have a few articles that you can read to help you out with Ted Talks after this one. (I’ll link those at the end of this post.)
Don’t forget to pin this article for future reference, so that when you find yourself in a state of mind that you can’t seem to shake you can pull up these videos and uplift yourself instantly.
Besides, there are 25 of the best Ted Talks. I know you won’t have time to watch all 25 in one sitting.
Having these Ted talks in your bliss toolkit will help to transform your mindset and therefore change your life.
These 25 best Ted Talks that are listed will be the most life-changing talks you have ever watched.
Just pin this post if you haven’t done so already because you won’t have time to watch all 25 of these right now.
Now, that you did that, let’s get started on your journey to bliss.
1. Want to be happier? Stay in the moment – Matt Killingsworth
A lot of times what we think we want out of life is not what we actually want.
For example, we want a bigger house, newer car, better job, new career, or maybe even a spouse because we think these are things we need to be happy.
When that is not the case at all!
Matt explains why not letting your mind wander and living in the moment actually brings happiness.
If you read my article, 10 Bad Habits to Break If You Want To Be Happy Right Now and The Best Beginner’s Guide To Healthy Living, then you know I support this concept 1 million percent!
2. Want to be happy? Be grateful – David Steindl-Rast
Do you have anything in common with the person sitting next to you?
What about the person that is 200 miles away from you?
What about the person that is across the ocean on another continent?
If you said no to any of those questions then you my dear friend, are wrong.
Every single person on this planet has at least one thing in common. That one thing is the goal of being happy.
How can we accomplish happiness no matter how rich or poor we are, no matter the color of our skin, no matter our past and what we did or went through?
David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar, believes that being grateful is how.
3. The habits of happiness – Matthieu Ricard
Here at Mind Body Spirit Bliss, we believe that happiness, bliss, all starts with the mind.
Which is why it is listed first. (If you haven’t read the about page then the title of this website is the formula to happiness. Mind+Body+Spirit=Bliss.)
This Ted Talk, from Matthieu Ricard, explains how you can train your mind to generate a sense of well-being so that you can feel fulfilled and a sense of serenity.
4. How to stop screwing yourself over – Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins is an amazing life coach, author, you name it, this woman does it.
Her Ted Talk teaches us, “How to stop screwing ourselves over”. She shares what she knows to help us get what we want out of life.
Mel believes that by getting our brains, minds, and bodies out of autopilot and doing things out of our comfort zone is what helps us to have a rewarding life. But, all of this starts by figuring out what you want out of life.
Everything comes down to the word fine. Mel presents that we have convinced ourselves that we are fine without having what we really want out of life and that is why we do not make moves to go after our dream or better ourselves.
5. Why the secret to success is setting the right goals – John Doerr
John goes into detail that why most people and companies fail is because they are not setting the right goals in life.
You go through life each day doing the same things over and over feeling like you didn’t accomplish anything. It may be because you haven’t set any goals or you haven’t set the right goals.
John goes into how setting the right goals, OKR’s, objectives and key results, will have you succeeding in life.
6. My year of saying yes to everything – Shonda Rhimes
You want to do so much in life and feel like you have so little time.
You are always busy going after your dreams and never stopping to take a break.
You know you are going to accomplish everything you put your mind to.
You are a titan according to Shonda Rhimes. But are you enjoying it? What happens when your “hum”,(work ethic), as Shonda calls it stops? How do you refuel it?
Shonda goes into detail of how her year of saying “Yes” to everything taught her what life is truly all about.
7. The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure – Astro Teller
A lot of times in life we avoid the messy parts.
Whether it deals with our past, friends, spouse, jobs, or even our current situation.
We walk around on tiptoes trying to avoid dealing with bills we need to pay, an action we need to take, a call to a sick friend, or getting therapy to heal.
We try to just sweep it under the rug as if it hasn’t happened or is not happening.
What if we enjoyed the mess, dug into it, and got all of the hardest parts of the problems solved first?
What if we created the path of least resistance.
Watch this Ted Talk and see how you can apply this concept to your life as well.
8. Why we do what we do – Tony Robbins
Have you ever sat down and took time out to see what is truly driving you to do what you do?
Is it your past? Is it your kids or spouse?
What is it and what’s the purpose?
Next, sit down and think of times you have failed.
Why did you fail?
Is it because you didn’t have enough money, time, etc?
If that’s the case, then how come people who were homeless now are successful or living a happy life?
According to this talk that has been viewed millions of times, it most likely is because of the lack of emotion to drive you to succeed. Not your resources.
Tony states that decisions shape our destiny and that there are three decisions that do that.
Listen to find out what they are and ask yourself what decisions are you going to make today that will help direct your life onto the path you want.
9. Finding your personal mission in life – Philip Krinks
Maybe you aren’t sad or depressed.
Maybe you are happy.
You have a great job, a great family, and a great home. Seems like things are going well for you but do you ever reflect and feel like something is missing?
Like something is incomplete?
Maybe the thing that is missing in your life is your life’s purpose.
Watch this Ted Talk and follow along on Phillip Krinks journey to finding his personal mission in life. He gives tips to help you find your mission as well too.
10. Keep your goals to yourself- Derek Sivers
Do you have a dream and goals that you want to accomplish?
Have you told your family and friends about it?
What did they say?
They probably encouraged you and told you to go for it and how great of an idea it was.
Well, if that’s the case, maybe you shouldn’t have told them your goals at all.
Maybe you should have kept your goals to yourself.
Derek Sivers in one of the best Ted Talks tells why you should keep your goals to yourself.
11. How your personal narrative limits your future – Andrew Peek
Pretty much we have all been told that you grow up get a good job, get married, and have kids. But lately, that hasn’t been working out for many us.
Let’s use me as an example. I am married with three kids and three degrees. Yet, I stay at home.
I don’t stay at home by choice but mostly because I can’t afford to pay daycare and work. So, I came home.
Now, I am doing something that isn’t the norm. I am changing my narrative and creating a space online for myself and my family.
In this Ted Talk, Andrew Peek talks about how our personal narratives and life stories limit us. Andrew believes that if we let go of what we were told and how we wrote our stories, then we can grow and achieve much more.
12. What makes you special? Mariana Antencio
You ever sit down and wonder what makes you special?
What makes you stand out In a world where everyone seems to look the same, have the same goals, and pretty much strive for a lot of the same things?
In this Ted Talk, Mariana Antencio speaks on how she embraced the qualities that made her different and how this actually helped her fit in.
13. The best way to help is often just to listen – Sophie Andrews
You had a bad day or things haven’t been going your way for a while. Maybe you feel like giving up or just want to give in.
You turn to your friends, family, and/or spouse and vent to them. All they give is advice. You don’t want advice. You want them to listen.
Or maybe your the one people come to and you tend to give advice when all they need for you to do is to listen. Either way, this Ted Talk by Sophie Andrews discusses how the best way to help is often just to listen.
14. Don’t suffer from your depression in silence – Nikki Webb
Do you have a mental illness? If so, you are not alone. I have one and a lot of people do not know that.
In fact, some of the closest people to me don’t know that. Well, they may know now if they stumble upon this blog.
But why is that?
Why are we, you and I ashamed of telling people that we are hurting at times. That sometimes, we are sick even if they can’t see it with their own eyes.
In this Ted Talk, Nikki talks about her personal experience dealing with anxiety and depression and how she hid it from people closest to her until tragedy struck.
From this, she learned that some of the people she loved the most were suffering too.
15. Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness – Michelle L. Sullivan
Being raised strong and independent means to never let anyone see you sweat or cry because those are signs of weakness.
It also means that I should always do for myself without asking for help.
Asking for help means you are weak and you can’t do it yourself.
Plus, why ask for help when people only let you down, right?
In one of the best Ted Talks, I’ve ever heard, Michelle shares that asking for help is a strength. Michelle reminds us that supporting each other and leaning on one another is a lot better than walking alone.
16. What I learned from 100 days of rejection – Jia Jiang
Most of us try to stay away from rejection.
Most of us are afraid of failure but not Jia.
For 100 days, Jia sought rejection.
He would do things such as asking for a burger refill or a stranger for $100.
Silly, yes, but what he learned from being rejected is that he eventually didn’t feel the feeling of shame when asking for something no matter how absurd it is.
He learned that asking for what you want can actually open up doors to things that you were expecting nothing to happen at all.
17. What reality are you creating for yourself? – Issac Lidsky
Have you ever made a situation way worse because your mind created elaborate scenarios and outcomes that didn’t even exist?
If you said yes, come join the party with me.
Issac Lidsky talks about how reality isn’t something you perceive, it is what you create in your mind.
He wants us to let go of assumptions, excuses, and fears and realize that we create our own reality.
18. The power of believing that you can improve – Carol Dweck
When we mess up over and over again, a lot of us begin to see ourselves as a failure.
We think that we suck and don’t deserve more.
We end up giving up on our dreams and succumbing to our faults. But what if there is more?
What if you can improve if you only believe?
Carol Dweck, the pioneering researcher behind mindset and motivation, says that there is a way that you can improve yourself by just believing it and changing your mindset to see the positive in the negative and rewarding your process, progress, and effort.
19. Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck) – Alison Ledgerwood
What do you remember more? The one time you were stood up for a date or the one time you had a pretty good date.
Probably the time you were stood up.
Alison explains why negative events stick around more than positive ones and how changing our communication can be a key to unlocking more positive thinking.
20. The power of vulnerability – Brene Brown
Being vulnerable is a sign of strength.
Yes, let me say that again. Being vulnerable is a sign of strength.
Putting your heart out there loving, being filled with passion, being grateful, and living in the moment even though there is no guarantee, shows that you are alive. It shows that you are open to whatever comes your way and you will take it with stride.
Being closed off shows you are not making connections and protecting yourself. Which means you are not really experiencing and enjoying life. You are hidden. You are not allowing the joy, happiness, and good things to come to you.
In one of the best Ted Talks I’ve heard, Brene Brown goes deep into the power of vulnerability.
21. Listening to shame – Brene Brown
Shame is a consequence that we feel when we are embarrassed or rejected. The fear of feeling shame holds us back from asking questions, behaviors that could excel our future, or even taking a chance.
But, what happens when you actually listen to shame and become vulnerable. What happens when we use the antidote to shame, empathy with ourselves and one another?
22. Plug into your hard-wired happiness – Srikumar Rao
Why is it so hard to be happy?
I mean we are the generation that seems to have everything!
We can learn anything we want. We can talk to anyone in the world in a matter of seconds.
We can pretty much go and explore wherever and have the ability to be whatever we want to be.
Yet, we are so unhappy.
Srikumar Rao believes that we are unhappy because we spend most of our lives learning how to be unhappy.
Watch and listen to this interesting Ted Talk and I bet you may take away a few objectives and apply it to your life.
23. The little risks you can take to increase your luck – Tina Seelig
When you think of luck you pretty much think of it happening once in a lifetime or not very often at all.
Tina Seelig says that’s not right. She believes luck is like the wind. It is blowing constantly but you have to do a few things to capture luck. Listen to her Ted Talk and you can figure out what those three things are.
24. 8 secrets of success – Richard St. John
This may be the most important 3 minutes you will ever have in your life.
This Ted Talk by Richard is the best and one of my favorites.
In 3 minutes he shares the 8 secrets of success and it is something that you do have time for and you don’t want to miss!
25. All it takes is 10 mindful minutes – Andy Puddicombe
When is the last time you took 10 minutes and did nothing?
I am not talking about turning on your favorite show, going to sleep, surfing the internet, or even thinking.
I am talking about absolutely nothing at all.
In this Ted Talk, Andy shares that by having 10 mindful minutes a day, we can be happier, less stressed, and more relaxed.
From watching some of the Best Ted Talks, you can see how much knowledge is packed into each one of these videos.
You probably have a lot of notes and know which nuggets you want to apply to your life right away!
You have now experienced 25 of the most life-changing Ted Talks you will ever watch.
Now, tell me which one you enjoyed the most in the comments below.