7 Must-See TED Talks to Kick Your Productivity Into High Gear

TED Talks have become one of the go-to places to see influencers and infectious new ideas take center stage.  

So much so that some of them have launched relatively unsung smartypants into the leagues of legends where they rightly belong (we're looking at you, Brené Brown and Jill Bolte Taylor).  

So, if you're looking to kick your productiveness into high gear, these are a great place to start to plant some seeds.  Get going!


How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over | Mel Robbins

In this Talk, Mel Robbins, relationship and career expert and CNN contributor, is going to tell you everything she knows about how to get what you want.  She also introduces and explains the science behind her incredibly effective "5 Second Rule."


How to quit your life (and reboot) | Priya Parker

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!)


Getting in control and creating space | David Allen

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.


How Great Leaders Inspire Action | Simon Sinek

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.


My Year of Saying Yes to Everything | Shonda Rhimes

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.


The Happy Secret to Better Work | Shawn Achor

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.


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth

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.

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