TED Talks have become one of the go-to places to see influencers and infectious new ideas take center stage.
If you're looking to kick your productiveness into high gear, these are a great place to start to plant some seeds.
Priya Parker, an advisor to leaders and organizations on strategy, vision and purpose, provides seven techniques to help you shake your fears and start producing your passions in life. (Coincidentally, I wrote an article on creating an antidote to fear — here's the link!)
David Allen is a personal productivity guru whose first book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, became a National Bestseller. He is a master at clearing your mind so you can actually think, and be in a better position to make moves on what's important.
This "classic" TED Talk is one of the most-viewed TED Talks featured on this list, and there's a good reason. Simon Sinek asks the important question, what is it about some leaders that they're able to inspire others into action, almost effortlessly? Is it them, or is it how they are communicating? This is required viewing.
Shonda Rhimes, one of the most successful and prolific executive producers in television, shares what it was really like to be in the buzz and rush (she calls it "the hum") of producing four shows with over 70 hours of television at once. And then the "hum" stopped. Here's the story of a titan who figured out how to reconnect on her own terms.
Shawn Achor is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology. In this hilarious Ted Talk, he explains how happier, most positive mindsets are critical for productivity, and how you can actually re-wire your brain to kickstart your Happiness advantage.
Angela Lee Duckworth is a schoolteacher turned psychologist who turned her attention towards what predictors separated those that succeeded from those that didn't (Spoiler: the answer is in the title). What's surprising, though, is what didn't predict success, and it's frankly almost everything you'd assume would.