10 Highly Inspirational TED Talks

One thing you might not know about me is that giving a TED talk is on my bucket list. I adore TED talks because they’re often inspirational, motivational and sometimes even life-changing. I will share a few of my favorites with you in this blogpost.

TED Talks

For those of you who have never heard of TED talks, TED began as a conference about Technology, Entertainment and Design in 1984. Nowadays, they cover almost any topic. TED is for people who seek a deeper understanding of the world. It’s a platform to share great ideas.

For the naturally curious

Many TED talks have had a great impact on me and how I see the world. I always loved watching and discovering new talks. I think it’s a great way to learn new things and explore new topics you might enjoy. It’s one of my favorite platforms to turn to when I have a free moment because it always gives me something new to think about. I find most of the talks on TED incredibly motivating.

TED is amazing for the naturally curious. It is an (almost) endless source of new topics to dive into and learn more about. I always loved reading random facts, but TED takes that fascination to a whole new level, haha!

My favorites

My list of favorite TED talks is very diverse. They do not all have to do with personal development. Some have to do with my personal interests, others are just things I think everybody should know or see. There’s also plenty more that I love, but these are ones that really stuck with me. I hope you enjoy them and find them as inspiring as I do.

  1. Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

    ‘Start with why’ is an important lesson I’ve learned by watching this TED Talk. Simon carefully explains why people don’t buy what you do, but why you do it. As a concept developing student, this is very important information. It’s a great talk that I would call a TED “classic.”

  2. Jane McGonigal – Gaming Can Make A Better World

    I first saw this talk by Jane in my gaming class in my second year of Communication International Event, Music and Entertainment Studies. It blew my mind and it made me realize that games can actually help us create a better world, even though I was always taught that gaming is (or at least can be) harmful. It was an eye opener and very inspiring. I consider Jane one of my role models now. Because of her ideas, I’m now pursuing a career in the gaming industry.

  3. Jill Bolte Taylor – My Stroke Of Insight

    This wonderful talk made me understand a bit more how our brains and also creativity works. During her stroke, she experienced her brain functions shutting down one by one and it gave her incredible insights.

  4. Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do

    If you’re into personal development, you might have heard about Tony Robbins. He’s a motivational speaker and life coach that inspires thousands of people to be the best they can be. It took me awhile to get used to his methods, but now I truly admire his wonderful work. He’s a very, very inspirational person.

  5. Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity?

    If you’ve been on my blog before, you might have seen me talk about Ken Robinson. He wrote one of my favorite books, The Element. This TED talk inspired me to think about how we can improve our education and make room for creativity within it. This talk, combined with his books, made a huge impact on my life and my personal mission in my work.

  6. Robert Waldinger – What Makes A Good Life? Lessons From The Longest Study On Happiness

    I absolutely loved this study and the dedication of finding out what makes a good and happy life. The results were beautiful. Robert is a great speaker too, see for yourself:

  7. Kelly McGonigal – How To Make Stress Your Friend

    I stress too much, too often and about anything. This amazing talk by Kelly helped me find the positive in that. I always believed that stress was really bad for your health. Turns out, I was wrong! Kelly explains how it all truly works in a very funny way.

  8. Cameron Russell – Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m A Model.

    Cameron gives a very honest look into her life as a model. She tells us that we all feel insecure and that winning a genetic lottery isn’t a career path. I found her talk disarming and I think it’s a great talk for younger girls who struggle with their self-esteem.

  9. Pamela Meyer – How To Spot A Liar

    I’ve always valued honesty and this talk does a great job covering the topic of lying and being honest. We are being lied to 10-200 times a day and here’s how to spot it when it happens:

  10. Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius

    I first heard of Elizabeth when I read her book Eat, Pray, Love. I also read her book Big Magic, which I really enjoyed. After that I found out she also did a TED talk on creativity. She believes everyone is (or can be) a creative. I completely agree with that notion. Watch her talk here:



I hope you will enjoy these TED talks as much as I have. If you have any other recommendations on great talks, I would love to hear them. I am always looking for more inspiration and great ideas to learn more about, so feel free to message me anytime. If you decide to watch some of these, please let me know in the comments how you liked them!

With much love,