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10 remarkable TED Talks you should watch

Quoting Britney … “Oops I did it again”. Just like with my previous posts in the “10 remarkable …” series, I got myself in a tough situation. Choosing 10 remarkable TED Talks you should watch out of the over 900 remarkable presentations in the TED archives was a big challenge.

Yes, you will notice that I did not include the “most viewed” or “most popular” presentations, including some of my favorite TED Talks, such as Sir Ken Robinson’s classic “Do schools kill creativity?” talk, or Jill Bolte Taylor’s powerful “How it feels to have a stroke“. The reason is simple. If you are a fan of TED, chances are that you have already watched them, so instead here you have other 10 remarkable presentations that may not have millions of views (yet) but that are most definitely full of extremely valuable insights.

Note 1: The list is not organized in order of importance. Each presentation focuses on different topics and each is remarkable on its own way.

Note 2: In some of my previous posts I have already included many remarkable TED Talks. As I did not wanted to repeat any of the presentations previously shared on this blog, all the Talks listed below have not been shared previously here. You are more than welcome to check out those other remarkable TED and TEDx Talks.

Enjoy!

1. Morgan Spurlock: The greatest TED Talk ever sold
Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship. And yes, this talk was sponsored too.

2. Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

3. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”

4. Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

5. Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man
Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider real value — and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.

6. Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity
The thesaurus might equate “disabled” with synonyms like “useless” and “mutilated,” but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she hows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.

7. Seth Godin: Sliced bread and other marketing delights
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

8. Dan Pink: The surprising science of motivation
Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

9. Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter
Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to be a hero.

10. The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves …
The LXD (the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) electrify the TED2010 stage with an emerging global street-dance culture, revved up by the Internet. In a preview of Jon Chus upcoming Web series, this astonishing troupe show off their superpowers.


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Do you have any favorite TED Talks?. If you do, please go ahead and share them with us in the comments below!

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Are you ready to take the CRAP test?

The CRAP test: Check Reality And Profitability In a recent conversation with my good friend Robin Dickinson, he introduced me to a fantastic concept which I strongly believe it is imperative for any organization, regardless of their size or industry.

Ladies and gentlemen … I introduce you to … The CRAP test.

No … no need to panic, I am not talking about digestive functions, I am talking about taking a reality check about you, your career and/or your business.

The CRAP test stands for:

C – Check
R – Reality
A – And
P – Profitability

After talking with Robin, he reminded me of the importance of having a clear understanding of what is your real current situation.

Are you constantly telling yourself, your team and everybody else how important, innovative, remarkable, groundbreaking your product / service / idea is … yet, you are still not getting any clients?

Are you starting a new business and after two, three, six, twelve months you are still not getting the results you were hoping for?

Are you convinced that you have a strong brand with lots of potential … but the market does not notice you?

Are you working hard in a job where at the end of the day you do not feel fulfilled and satisfied?

Well … then it is definitely time to take the CRAP test.

You need to be honest with yourself and really look at the situation as it really is. No sugarcoating, no wishful thinking, no excuses, no explanations.

Maybe your product sucks. Maybe you really do not know what you are doing. Maybe you lack important (critical) skills. Maybe you are to busy playing Angry Birds instead of being out there with clients. Maybe it is time to quit and start something new.

But … maybe your product or service is indeed remarkable and groundbreaking. Maybe the market really needs your services. Maybe your idea is worth millions. Maybe you are simply not doing something right, and unless you make changes, real changes, you are not going to be able to accomplish any improvement and your situation will remain the same.

One of the best business lessons I got in a long time, came from the guys at 37Signals. In their book Rework (Amazon affiliate link), they made a very strong statement that really hit a nerve.

“A business without a path to profit isn’t a business, it’s a hobby”

So … if things are not working out, it is time for you to take the CRAP test and honestly answer this key question: Is this a business or is this a hobby?

A life-changing principle: Die empty

Some time ago I’ve shared with you a list of ten remarkable podcasts you should listen to. In that list I included the Accidental Creative podcast.

Well, yesterday on my way to a meeting I decided to listen to one particular episode which, at the time, I was not aware it would give me a new concept that seriously had a big impact on me.

In this episode Todd Henry, Founder of Accidental Creative, shared what he calls “the overarching principle that really fuels everything else about my life“.

This principle is one simple phrase: “Die Empty”

Here is the idea:

Your only job each and everyday is to “empty yourself”. To get whatever is in you, out of you to do your daily work. To leave nothing unspoken, uncreated, unwritten, undone. In other words, to divest yourself of whatever is inside of you.

In this podcast he also shared a story that really shows the big picture of this principle:

Do you know what the most valuable land in the world is? … Perhaps the diamond mines in Africa or the oil fields in the Middle East? …. NO, it’s a graveyard, because with all those people are buried unlived dreams, unwritten novels, masterpieces not created, businesses not started, relationships not reconciled … that is the most valuable land in the world.

So … when you die (because that is the reality, you will die someday), the question is: Would you die full of your unused ideas or would you die empty?. It is your own choice.

I must admit that this principle really hit me. It made me realized of how important is to give your 100% everyday!, doing work that matters and creating and implementing ideas that could have an impact on other people’s lives.

And by the way, this is not just about work! This includes your family. Something that happened when I got back home last night was that I went straight to my daughter and told her one important thing that I have been wanting to tell her for sometime. This time I did not leave it for later. I took it “out of me” … and as a result I not only feel better, but I know I have contributed something important to her life.

So … I have two actions for you:

1. Listen to this particular episode (and if you like it I strongly recommend you to subscribe and listen to this remarkable podcast regularly).

2. Think about it and ask yourself: When you go to bed at night, are you leaving something unspoken, uncreated, unwritten, undone …? If that is the case, do not let more time go by and take it out of you!. Trust me, you will not only be glad you did, but you will be on your way to build a very fulfilling life.

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