The Best Ted Talks on Success

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth Describes Grit as Perseverance. TED Talks Education

All of us have our own personal idea of what Success is. Do you know what yours is?

If you don’t – fear not! We’ve got our top five favourite Ted Talks to help you get your creative juices flowing and define your version of success.

1. Success, failure and the drive to keep creatingElizabeth Gilbert

Best selling author, Elizabeth Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

2. Success is a continuous journeyRichard St. John

Richard St. John reminds us that success is an ongoing journey. He uses the story of his business’ rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson — when we stop trying, we fail.


3. Grit: the power of passion and perseverance Angela Lee Duckworth

After leaving a high profile job in consulting, Angela took a job teaching math in a public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as the biggest predictor of success.

4. A kinder, gentler philosophy of successAlain de Botton

Famous Philosopher, Alain de Botton examines our ideas of what success and failure is and questions the assumptions we have.


5. Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy? – David Brooks

According to Brooke, we all have two selves; the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love. Can we learn to balance these two selves? Perhaps, once we know them both.


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