10 Ted Talks every entrepreneur needs to watch

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With over 2000 videos by industry-leading influencers, covering just about any topic in the world, TED might be the best place to turn to if you’re looking for advice, inspiration, reviews and strategies to improve and develop your business. Below are ten videos that every aspiring, driven, focused entrepreneur should watch:

1. How great leaders inspire action

In this TEDTalk by Simon Sinek he uses an idea he calls “The Golden Circle” to examine certain patterns that seemingly predict the success rates of various leaders, leading to one common thread every great leader and innovator in history has shared. Starting with examples from Martin Luther King’s leadership in the Civil Rights Movement to Apple’s leadership in the business world, Sinek believes that it’s not the product, service, or plan that’s most important – it’s why you, as the entrepreneur, think the product, service, or plan is important.

2. The single biggest reason why startups succeed

As a serial entrepreneur and a mentor for other startups, Bill Gross has seen great businesses fail and questionable businesses succeed, and this experience drove him to quantify exactly why these differences exist. He evaluated hundreds of companies through factors such as: idea, timing, team, access to capital and overall business model. What he found was that one factor led to success more than any other – and that’s timing, accounting for most i.e. 42 percent of the difference between success and failure.

3. Do what you love. (No excuses!)

Bestselling author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk in this TED talk takes listeners through his life stories, giving insights into how passion and patience led him to starting a new company and growing it. He states that entrepreneurs are often motivated in part by the potential for great revenue or are thrilled at the notion of owning their own businesses. But to be truly successful, you have to love what you’re doing. You have to be in an industry that you truly care about and do the type of work you actually enjoy. Otherwise, you’ll never be satisfied.

4. David S. Rose: Pitching to VCs

In this TED talk, serial entrepreneur turned investor, David Rose, gives a very detailed and precise video about the do’s and don’ts for your pitch presentation. He talks about the number one most important thing in a VC pitch amongst all elements, the 10 characteristics you have to convey during a pitch and which is most important, and critical things you should never say in your pitch, all under 15 minutes, for free.

5. Richard Branson – Life at 30,000 Feet

In this TED talk one of the most interesting and unique entrepreneurs Richard Branson talks about his journey as an entrepreneur. From great successes to near-death experiences, Branson recaps on the most important decisions in his life and how they changed the course of his life. The CEO of Virgin group is extremely curious, sees life as a constant learning process, and likes to turn the status quo upside down. Source of great inspiration to everyone.

6. Be an Opportunity Maker – by Kare Anderson

Kare Anderson has a message every entrepreneur needs to hear: make opportunities, don’t wait for them. She puts forward the idea that given each one of us in the room is the best at one thing, if we worked together on shared interests and brought out each other’s best talent we can ‘accomplish greater things together than we could on our own’. Kare believes that, if we want a more meaningful life that’s more adventurous, we should embrace the opportunity to bring the right people together to support an action that matters to them.

7. 8 secrets of success: By Richard St. John

Condensing seven years of research and 500 interviews into a three-minute slideshow, Richard St. John walks us through the eight features shared by all successful people. In this TED Talk, he shares those important success habits: Passion, work, practise, push, support, serve, ideas and persistence. Utilizing these concepts apply not only in becoming successful while searching for a new job, but also for developing purpose in your life and determining the best version of you. Want to see success in your life? Follow this path.

8. How to get your ideas to spread

Blogger, entrepreneur and marketing guru Seth Godin stresses the importance of thinking outside the box, irrespective of how small or big it might be, an idea is an idea, the starting point of all great innovations and you should never waste it. Godin professes that marketing that works is less about the actual product, and more about whether you can get your ideas to spread or not. Described to offer a unique perspective on spreading ideas applicable in any sphere that you probably won’t find in any blog or article.

9. Creative thinking – how to get out of the box & generate ideas

In this TED talk, Giovanni Corazza, full-time professor at the University of Bologna and founder of the Marconi Institute of Creativity, states that thinking ‘out of the box’ is not a luxury, but a necessity for us to preserve our dignity as human beings. He describes the box as the boundary between what we know, and what we are yet to think about. The long-thinking versus the fast-thinking, in his point of view, is one of the keys to go far, to be creative and to generate value. Thus, a quick jump out of the box is more insightful than a lifetime of standard thinking.

10. Programming your mind for success

Carrie Green, founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, realized she needed to push back her negative thoughts when going after a specific goal. Best way to do it: program your mind to it. in this talk packed with practical tips and inspiration, Carrie answers all the questions that  entrepreneurs struggle with, and covers topics such as how to deal with self-doubt and move past frustrations and overwhelm; how to train your brain to focus on what you do want and how to overcome the biggest hurdles that stand in people’s way of achieving their dreams.