TEDTalks are wonderful. When you're in the doldrums, need inspiration, have run out of steam or feel you've almost forgotten what on earth you're in business for in the first place, there's a TEDTalk to get you going again, make you feel you really can do it, get where you want to be and achieve your goals.
Here are six of the top TEDTalks about entrepreneurship to whet your appetite, talks that will resonate with most people running a small business.
Creative problem solving in the face of extreme limits by Navi Radjou
How good – or bad – are you at solving problems? Some people are naturals, others struggle. If you fall into the latter group, Navi's talk will put you on the right track. It matters because solving problems lies at the heart of so many elements of a business from new product development to sales, personnel, finance and marketing, you name it.
In this great presentation, Navi reveals the demands and advantages of being in a severely limited situation where problem solving is essential. You might have limited capital to work with, not enough resources or a serious lack of time. Solving issues in a landscape like this is very challenging, but at the same time difficulty tends to drive innovation. When you're up against the wall this talk will help you free your ideas and think creatively for success.
What I learned from 100 days of rejection by Jia Jiang
How do you handle rejection? Some of us fall at the first sign of it, others are a whole lot more resilient and use rejection as a positive platform. Jia Jiang has faced the fear of rejection head on and these days he's not the least bit afraid of it. In fact he sought it out for 100 days, encountering rejection at every turn. He found that doing so eventually reduced the pain and shame dramatically, leaving him desensitised... and having learned an awesome lesson: sometimes all you need to do is ask for what you want and the opportunities magically flow your way.
How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek
Link to the video: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action
If you've ever wondered exactly what makes a great leader, look no further. Simon Sinek takes us on a journey into the world of leadership, looking at why some of us are a whole lot better at inspiring action than others and exploring the patterns that predict a leader' success. If you're on track to become an industry leader or want to move in that direction, the principles Simon reveals will send you on the journey well equipped, complete with real-life examples to inspire you.
There's no shame in taking care of your mental health by Sangu Delle
It's saddening that, even in these relatively enlightened days, mental health is still an issue people feel uncomfortable talking about. And mental health issues plague entrepreneurs in just the same way as they affect the rest of us ordinary mortals!
Sangu found himself forced to deal with his own prejudices about men and mental health, coming from a deep-set tradition that says men shouldn't have mental health issues at all, never mind deal with them openly. The result is a remarkable talk that delves deep into how to handle anxiety in a society where emotions are still an uncomfortable subject, and it's wonderfully honest.
Do what you love. (No excuses!) by Gary Vaynerchuk
Link to the video: https://www.ted.com/talks/gary_vaynerchuk_do_what_you_love_no_excuses
Gary Vaynerchuk knows that doing what you love means everything. It means more than making a fortune, more than power and influence, more than almost anything in an entrepreneurial context. He knows that doing something you love gives you more enthusiasm, passion and drive than trying to make a success of something that leaves you cold. It might be a simple message, but it's enormously powerful.
The single biggest reason start-ups succeed by Bill Gross
Stats say that a large proportion of start-up business fail. Bill Gross has founded a load of them, and he knows his stuff. When he found himself wondering why so many people didn't succeed at their start-up businesses, he decided to find out why.
Bill collected enormous amounts of data from literally hundreds of businesses, both his and other people's, and ranked each company on five key factors. And one factor stood head and shoulders above the rest. You need to know what it is. Everyone who wants to start a new business needs to know. Now's your chance to find out, fresh from the brain of one of the world's foremost entrepreneurs, presented in a way that's both engaging and practical.
If none of these talks exactly fit your bill, there's bound to be a TEDTalk that taps directly into the issue you're experiencing or the problem you're determined to solve. Go explore! Here's a link to the TEDTalks website.