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TMB is an avid follower of TED talks, a global set of conferences that was founded in 1984. With the power of technology and the Internet, TED has found its way to a platform that is easily accessible to most. Their site is an archive of some of the most inspiring talks on the planet that have made history (Steve Jobs Grad Speech) and continues to influence many people today.

We decided to take their slogan of “ideas worth spreading” quite literally and put together a short list of some of the best life changing TED talks that can help change you for the better, which in turn can boost your career. Sometimes, those creative juices can stop flowing and we hit a brick wall. At times like these, it’s great to get inspired or learn something new as the happier you are, the more successful you will be.

1. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Unleash your inner happiness with Brene Brown’s talk on the power of vulnerability. A hugely thought provoking talk as this scholar reveals her research on being vulnerable and how those who allow themselves to be vulnerable, tend to be happier people. Happier people tend to be more successful, so brace yourself as this talk is pretty personal, but it totally worth watching.

2. Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

We monitor other people’s body language on a daily basis and we don’t even know we’re doing it. Amy Cuddy explores how we are influenced by body language and how positive body language can reflect our confidence, as well as how we think and feel about ourselves.  This TED talk is guaranteed to get you thinking about your own body language and ways to improve self-confidence, so start practicing those power poses.

3. Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk

If you’re looking to make a change and get the creative juices flowing, then Nilofer Merchant has the answer. She looks at how sitting in the workplace is slowly killing us and how “walking meetings” can change your life, both physically and mentally. A great talk that makes you think outside of the box. If you’re working in a Startup or have your own small company, then this could be a good idea to help you grow.

4. Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

A favorite of TMBs, as previously written about here. Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, explores why women aren’t making it to leadership roles in their careers. Attitude and mental ability is everything as Sandberg points out vast differences between men and women in office environments. A great talk that we’re sure many female readers will find inspiring.

5. John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

Keep yourself grounded with John Wooden’s talk, which differentiates winning and succeeding. He uses his experience teaching players at UCLA, as well as his fathers wisdom to share invaluable advice, such as never try to be better than someone else, learn from others and don’t focus on things that are out of your control. A truly thought provoking and life changing talk, which really encourages people to do their best.

6. Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling

The one thing that not enough people do, and it’s so simple – smiling! Ron Gutman reviews his research on smiling, which includes determining how successful and inspiring a person will be based on their yearbook photo. Researchers predict that those who smile more can live a longer and happier life, so get those facial muscles flexing as this TED talk will have you beaming from cheek to cheek.

7. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

If you’re considering taking a managerial position or currently manage a team and want to be inspired, then this talk is for you. Simon Sinek looks at great leaders and how they’ve managed to inspire others around them. He discusses his discovery, which is called “the golden circle” and believes successful companies, such as Apple, use the golden circle. Want to know more? Watch the talk!

8. Richard St. John: Success is a continuous journey

Richard St. John explains how success is a continuous process and advises to not relax once you think you’ve reached the top. He uses himself as an example of how to not let money distract your success, otherwise you will ultimately fail. He also reveals 8 principals that he lives by in order to lead him to success. A very inspiring TED talk with the message to never stop trying, whether you think you made it or not.

No matter what your profession, you can learn something from any one of these talks. Self-improvement is vital if you want to grow and be successful, whether it be learning to become a better leader in the workplace, or even learning to be more positive and smile more at home. The little things can have a big affect on who you are and how you come across to others. TED is a site that is regularly visited by TMB, so don’t just look at our list, go check out the website and expand your mind today!

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