5 TED Talks to help you live a rewarding life and create a legacy

These speakers help you learn the key skills and mindset needed to achieve success and joy in life and in work in a way that inspires others. By Satyaki Sarkar

John Wooden The difference between winning and succeeding

1. John Wooden: “The difference between winning and succeeding”
Celebrated American basketball player and head coach at the University of California, US, John Wooden is a legendary basketball coach with the legacy of UCLA winning  a record-making 10 national championships under him. In this heartfelt and profound TED Talk, Wooden speaks about how he was taught from a very young age that winning wasn’t all. That instead of trying to be better than others, you should learn from them and be the best version of yourself. Using this he’s coined his own definition of success, named the Pyramid of Success, wherein the self satisfaction of knowing you’ve done the best you can is what brings happiness. He emphasises how it’s the and the lessons you learn along the way that you should focus on. Using examples from his career, he illustrates how both winning and losing are a part of success.
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Clay Christensen How will you measure your life

2. Clay Christensen: “How will you measure your life?”
Besides being an American scholar, educator, author, business consultant, and religious leader, Clay Christensen is also a Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. In this insightful TED Talk, Clay uses a series of real life examples to show us how in spite of being extremely high achievers, a large number of people end up living unfulfilled lives and have an uneventful career. The reason behind this, says Clay, is that most of the time the same short-sightedness, confusion, and lack of vision that causes us to fail in our careers also affects our personal lives. This makes us lead hollow and empty lives.
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David Brooks Should you live for your résumé...or your eulogy

3. David Brooks: “Should you live for your résumé…or your eulogy?”
David Brooks is an American author and commentator for The New York Times, where he is a regular columnist on several topics including politics, culture and the social sciences. In this powerful TED Talk, he discusses whether people should live their lives either chasing success in their career or in life, and explains how it is actually possible to merge the two. According to him, the key to living a fulfilling life while also achieving professional success and recognition, is in knowing how to balance the two. While doing what we must to ensure we deliver our best at work, we also must not forget to give our family and friends the time and attention they deserve. And equally importantly, give ourselves that much-needed ‘me time’ so that we can work towards that so sought after work-life balance.
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Drew Dudley Everyday leadership

4. Drew Dudley: “Everyday leadership”
Leadership educator and founder of Nuance Leadership Development Services and Day One Leadership, Drew Dudley is known for his insights into leadership. In this brilliant TED Talk Drew discusses how great leaders do not become so overnight, but rather it’s an effort spread across months and years working to inspire and influence people’s lives for the better. Each of us has the potential to be a leader, and Drew touches on the values a great leader must imbibe and the self-developmental questions that he must constantly ask himself. Using anecdotes from his own life, he outlines how everyday leaders improve the lives of others, without even realising it at times, and manage to create an empire in people’s hearts and minds.
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Itay Talgam Lead like the great conductors

5. Itay Talgam: “Lead like the great conductors”
Before becoming the renowned business guru that he is today, Itay Talgam was the music director of the Tel-Aviv Symphony Orchestra and conducted countless leading orchestras all over the world. Drawing from his experience, he presents this brilliant TED Talk where he uses the metaphor of the orchestra to explain how a leader should lead. A conductor needs to be able to guide individual members of the orchestra into creating perfect musical harmony and complex renditions of ensemble pieces, without uttering a single word. Citing examples of the unique and magnificent styles of great 20th century conductors, he demonstrates how a leader, much like a conductor, must take time to connect with his team, understand them, and allow them to understand him, so that he can direct and manage the flow of work, as well as the employees’ engagement with it.
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