Motivation

Watch a Ted Talk

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This is a wonderful challenge for people who want to learn, be entertained, and be inspired in under 20 minutes a day. TED talks are short talks given by some of the most interesting and successful leaders in technology, entertainment, and design, offering new ideas and perspective.

THE RULES

For the next 30 days, set aside 20 minutes a day to watch a TED talk. There are over 2,000 videos on the TED website to choose from on just about any subject imaginable. Here are 30 that I recommend:

  1. Try something new for 30 days, Matt Cutts
  2. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, Tim Urban
  3. The surprising habits of original thinkers, Adam Grant (this is a good follow-up to the previous talk)
  4. The art of asking, Amanda Palmer
  5. Do schools kill creativity? Ken Robinson
  6. The transformative power of classical music, Benjamin Zander
  7. The puzzle of motivation, Dan Pink
  8. How great leaders inspire action, Simon Sinek
  9. My year of saying yes to everything, Shonda Rhimes
  10. The power of vulnerability, BrenéBrown
  11. The surprising science of happiness, Dan Gilbert
  12. How to gain control of your free time, Laura Vanderkam
  13. What I learned from 100 days of rejection, Jia Jiang 
  14. Looks aren’t everything. Believe Me I’m a model, Cameron Russell
  15. How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them, Verna Myers
  16. Your body language shapes who you are, Amy Cuddy
  17. How I held my breath for 17 minutes, David Blaine
  18. Your elusive creative genius, Elizabeth Gilbert
  19. Why you should define your fears instead of your goals, Tim Ferriss
  20. Minding your mitochondria, Dr. Terry Wahls
  21. My stroke of insight, Jill Bolte Taylor
  22. Underwater astonishments, David Gallo
  23. If I should have a daughter, Sarah Kay
  24. Why we do what we do, Tony Robbins
  25. Never, ever give up, Diana Nyad
  26. How to make stress your friend, Kelly McGonigal
  27. The birth of a word, Deb Roy
  28. Got a meeting? Take a walk, Nilofer Merchant 
  29. Every kid needs a champion, Rita Pierson
  30. The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology, Pranav Mistr

VARIATIONS

»Learn a new word and use it throughout the day.

»Read a new Wikipedia entry (you can configure your homepage to land on a random Wikipedia entry each time you load your browser).

»Watch a commencement speech. For a list of 15 motivational commencement speech ideas click here.

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