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The Top 5 Videos From TED On Motivation

Motivation is a funny thing. One minute you can have it, the next it can be gone!

Some people on the other hand never seem to struggle. They are always go, go, go and never stop.

What then makes someone more motivated than their peers? Why do some people struggle with motivation, while others don’t? To understand more about what makes the mind tick we dived into TED and pulled out a list of the top TED videos on motivation.

We hope you find them…… well….. motivating!

Why We Do What We Do


Tony Robbins is a world-renowned life coach. He has literally made his career in motivating people to achieve great things, but why do we do the things we do? If we can answer that question then we can understand where our motivation comes from. In this video Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivates everyone’s action.

The Puzzle of Motivation


Dan Pink is Al Gore’s former speechwriter and now a freelance Career Analyst. In this video he breaks down the puzzle of motivation and highlights a fact that most managers don’t know! Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. How then should you as a leader or manager within an organisation motivate the staff around you? Watch the video to find out.

The Power of Believing That You Can Improve


Carol Dweck is a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation. It is literally her job to understand why people succeed (or don’t) and how to foster success.

One particular aspect of her research is on the “growth mindset”, the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and solve problems. In this video she describers two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve.

Be An Opportunity Maker


Kare Anderson is a columnist for Forbes and writes on behavioral research-based ways to become more deeply connects. Kare acknowledges that we all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with out lives. But how do you get started?

What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work


What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom , it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. In this video Behavioural Economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

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