TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

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When the first TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference took place 30 years ago, the event was designed to be a one-off and was deemed a financial disappointment. After a hiatus, the conference returned in 1990, revamped in the early 2000s, and has since become the foremost event for contemporary thought leaders across industries and disciplines. 

Thanks to YouTube, Netflix and social media, anyone interested in viewing TED Talks can do so without shelling out the high four-figure registration fee. Insight from the likes of scientists, company founders, celebrities and designers are readily available online for those that need a pep talk from Bill Gates and Elon Musk at a moment's notice. Speeches given at TED can be particularly valuable for business owners, serving as a video-based advisory platform for starting, maintaining and scaling a business. In honor of TED's 30th anniversary, we've picked five of the best TED Talks sure to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit. 

Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Best Friend 

Going the entrepreneurial route means learning to deal with stressful situations on an ongoing basis. Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal reveals how anyone can use stress to their benefit.  

Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

A musician and entrepreneur, Derek Sivers’ talk uses a surprising video clip to demonstrate just what it takes to ignite excitement around an idea.

Simon Sinek:  Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe 

Leadership expert and management theorist Simon Sinek explains why all business leaders should aim to create a company built around trust and security.  

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are  

With more than 21 million views, social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s speech about how your posture and physical presence affects your life is one of the most viewed TED speeches of all time.  

Sheena Iyengar: How to Make Choosing Easier

The decisions you make as a business owner will either make or break your business. Psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar provides a simple solution for making major and minor decisions with ease.

Are you an avid viewer of TED Talks? Share your favorite speech in the comments below!