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Tazim Rahbar
Tazim Rahbar

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Ted talks you really need.

There are around 3500 ted talks on youtube.

But only a few are worth your time.

Here is a list of 20 TED Talks to help you learn, laugh, and grow:

  1. Inside the mind of master procrastination by Tim Urban.

    We all procrastinate, but this video will tell you why we do it & how it matters.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arj7oStGLkU

  2. The history of our world in 18 minutes by David Christian.
    From the Big Bang to the internet, this is the crash course we all need.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqc9zX04DXs

3.How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek.
With great examples and simple steps, this video will change your approach to leadership.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4

4.What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness by Robert Waldinger.
The speaker leverages a 75 y/o study on adult development to demystify the path to a fulfilling life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KkKuTCFvzI

  1. The best stats you've ever seen by Hans Rosling. With compelling data visuals and eye-opening stats, this man will change your perceptions of the "developing world." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVimVzgtD6w

6.How to speak so that people want to listen by Julian Treasure.
It's filled with vocal exercises and simple tips to make you a powerful speaker.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIho2S0ZahI

7.The next outbreak? We're not ready by Bill Gates.
Timely to say the least...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Af6b_wyiwI

8.How to spot a liar by Pamela Meyer.
Deception is all around but this talk will give you the tools to take back the truth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_6vDLq64gE

9.The art of misdirection by Apollo Robbins.
Watch the world's greatest pickpocket unravel the flaws in human perception.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZGY0wPAnus

10.How to make stress your friend by Kelly McGonigal.
A health psychologist breaks down how we can leverage stress as a strength.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcGyVTAoXEU

11.Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model by Cameron R.
In a compelling example of appearance vs reality, a model unveils the dark side of her industry.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM4Xe6Dlp0Y

12.How to find and do work you love by Scott Dinsmore.
A career change strategist tells you why and how you can find work in a space that you actually care about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpe-LKn-4gM

13.** How to start a movement** by Derek Sivers
With an iconic example, Derek breaks down exactly how movements begin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V74AxCqOTvg

14.5 steps to designing the life you want by Bill Burnett
We spend hours designing our homes, here is how you can design your life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SemHh0n19LA

15.** The first 20 hours: how to learn anything** by Josh Kaufman.
Learning is a skill - here is a tactical approach to learning anything.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MgBikgcWnY

16.Unwavering Focus by Dandapani.
A Hindu monk shares the spiritual tools to create unwavering focus - an undeniable asset in today's world.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O2JK_94g3Y

17.After watching this, your brain will not be the same by Lara Boyd
A talk that will change your perception of brain flexibility and how we can shape the brain we want.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNHBMFCzznE

18.The Skill of Humor by Andrew Tarvin
Rather unconventional but an effective lesson on humor - not that I needed it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdZAMSyn_As

19.How to fix a broken heart by Guy Winch
If you're heartbroken stop listening to sad songs, hear this "Guy" instead :)
Again, not that I needed it but watched it for a friend...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0GQSJrpVhM

20.The surprising habits of original thinkers by Adam Grant.
Organizational psychologist Adam Grant decrypts the path to authentic ideation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxbCHn6gE3U&list=PLOGi5-fAu8bFvyS3XtmQb2B-Mg4N_Eq4U

If you think I have missed any important Ted Talk drop the link in the comments.

That's, for now, see you in the next post.

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