It’s no secret that work can sometimes leave you feeling burned out and uninspired, and for entrepreneurs, this is especially true. For them, work is so much more than just a means to a paycheck; their businesses are their lives, their passions, their purposes. This is why it’s essential for entrepreneurs to find solidarity with their peers whenever they’re able and to look for advice and wisdom wherever they can. One incredibly valuable resource that provides insider knowledge and tips on virtually any industry you can imagine is TED, the nonprofit famous for its inspirational TED Talks. Most clocking in at 18 minutes or less, these Talks are perfect for the busy professional on the go looking for some support and wisdom to help guide them through life, both personal and career-oriented. Here are some of the best TED Talks to help entrepreneurs manage their busy and sometimes chaotic lives.
Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs – Cameron Herold
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and like you may not be cut out for the high-pressure world of entrepreneurship, this Talk from Cameron Herold is one you’ll need to hear. From the time he was a child, Herold knew he was an entrepreneur, and he talks about the entrepreneurial traits we see in children and how we can foster them and help these children grow in their talents.
Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume – Regina Hartley
One of the most difficult aspects of starting your own business is finding the right people to help share in the work and work towards the business’ goals. We’ve been conditioned to find the ‘perfect fit’ for the job which often translates to who looks the best on paper, but this likely isn’t the best strategy. Hartley, a human resources executive, is a big believer in giving the “Scrapper” a chance, the candidate whose resume may not be perfect but who has fought tooth and nail to end up where they are today. “Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose,” she says. “Hire the Scrapper.”
Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits – Navi Radjou
As an entrepreneur, you’re confined to the limits of your time, resources, and deployable capital when it comes to solving the problems that arise when starting your own business. While this may scare away some, for the entrepreneur it drives more innovation and can lead to greater discovery. If you feel as though you’ve painted yourself into a corner with no foreseeable way out, you need to listen to this talk.