3 TED talks for aspiring business owners

Listening and reading insight and knowledge from other experts is a sure-fire way to help you on your business journey. Doing this also helps you to reduce the risk of failure, and to increase the belief in yourself and your dreams.

Here are three killer Ted Talks sharing some really insightful and useful pieces of advice to help you on your business journey.

1. 5 Ways To Kill Your Dreams — Bel Pesce - In this video, Bel shares 5 key ways to kill your dreams both in business and in life. These include:

  • Believing in overnight success

  • Believing that everyone else has the answers for you

  • Deciding to settle when growth is guaranteed

  • Believing the fault is someone else’s

  • Believing that the only things that matter are the dreams themselves — It’s all about the journey

Bel’s points are really well made. If you believe that you can literally start a business and overnight have success, you are going to fail.

You are going to need to put in the work to reach a point of success. Those who you believe are overnight successes very rarely are. They are people that have invested time, money, effort, and more into their idea well before it became known as a success, it’s just that you don’t do all of the background work.

Also believing that someone else has all of the answers for you as a business owner is only a way for you to rely on another person instead of yourself. You are your business, you are responsible and accountable for your success, so it is on you to find the answers. Yes, you can absolutely use the knowledge and insight of others to help you, but ultimately this is all on you.

Growth is inevitable and guaranteed yet so many people settle for the success that they’ve made rather than continuing to push the boundaries and continuing to grow. Settling is limiting yourself to your new comfort zone.

Thinking that someone else is to blame for your problems, challenges and failures is blind-sighted. These are all a result of something that you have or have not done. Yes, another person may have influenced it, but ultimately it is all on you (as already mentioned). You are the business owner, you are the person that is responsible, and it is you that can make it either a success or a failure.

Lastly, assuming a dream or a goal is the infinite point of success limits the impact and scale of that success. Success is in the journey, adventure is in the journey, the goal and the dream are just a by-product of your journey in business.

2. The Little Risks You Can Take To Increase Your Luck — Tina Seelig - This is a new favorite of mine as I really think that Tina has hit the nail on the head when it comes to risk-taking. The key points in this video are:

  • Take some risks and get out of your comfort zone

  • Show appreciation

  • Change your relationship with ideas

Risk-taking is essential to your success as a business owner. If all you do is continue to stay in your comfort zone you’re not going to grow as an individual, and you’re going to limit the success of your business.

Understanding what risks there are, how to deal with them, and when to take them is essential to you acknowledging as a business owner where you can take action to either eliminate and manage risks or ultimately take them.

Another key point in this video is about engaging with others which is really important too. There are people that you pass by during your day-to-day life and you completely ignore, or maybe give a quick hello to.

Now as a new business owner is time for you to start building on those hellos. Start taking the risk and talking to those people. Get to know them and understand more about them as you never know who they are, what they do, what they know, and, who they know.

Tina’s second point is all about showing appreciation. About being thankful for what you have, for those that support you, and for everything that has enabled you to get to where you are right now, in business and in life.

Showing appreciation enables you to be grateful for everything that you have in your life and wields some really amazing benefits that cannot be quantified.

The last point is about changing your relationship with ideas. We all have ideas, some of which we think are bad, others that we think are amazing, but we each have different views and perspectives on things.

Those ideas that you think are a complete and utter waste of time could turn out to be something amazing if looked at from a different perspective. Note down any ideas that you have and look at them not just once but a few times. Look at them on different days of the week, at different times in the day, with different people, you will find that your viewpoint changes and you never know what might lie in the outcome.

3. My identity is my superpower, not an obstacle — America Ferrera - Now ordinarily from reading the bit at the beginning of the video, this isn’t something that would have called to me to watch, but as you can see this has turned out to be one of my top Ted videos at the moment.

In this video, America Ferrera talks about how she tried to fit into the mold to suit the world and how that can result in you ultimately changing who you are, your values, your dreams, your appearance, and more.

America acknowledges that over time this wore her down to a point that she didn’t know who she was anymore. All of her values and dreams had been abandoned in the hope to try and conform to society.

She talks about how what other people are putting out there in the world can fundamentally change the way that we think about ourselves and our values. It’s a true reflection that if you’re too busy comparing yourself to the lives of others, you are ultimately compromising on your own dreams, values, and beliefs.

The biggest lesson from this is that no matter how much society tells you that you need to conform, to fit in and to be accepted, don’t let it stop you from being who you truly are. Show up and be authentic in absolutely everything that you do


Have you listened to any other TED talks recently that are as insightful as those I've highlighted? If so, drop me a comment with the details and I'll be sure to check them out!


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