Thinking Magically™ | The Top 15 TED Talks For Magicians

As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.
– Amy Poehler

Ideas worth spreading.” That’s the tag line for TED – a now-ubiquitous, coveted spotlight, and overly-imitated conference that, since 1984, has offered the world 18-minute “short, powerful talks.” At TED you get to hear from the likes of Dan Pink, Steve Jobs, Sir Ken Robinson, J.J. Abrams, Seth Godin, and Al Gore. Famous people cramming their big lives into a small amount of time. And there are the not-so-famous people expanding their reach will such clarity and passion that you want to know them better.

If you haven’t done so already, you can discover TED Talks here:

Everyone has their favorite TED Talk(s). The interesting thing is that that choice says more about you than you might otherwise be willing to admit. Because I’m devoted to providing you with resources to turn you into the success you desire for yourself, I thought it might be fun to find what I consider to be the Top 15 TED Talks For Magicians.

You’ll have heard of some of the people I list. But there are those who will be new to you. The idea behind this list is to get you motivated, keep you inspired, provide you with figments of someone else’s imagination that you can capture for your own use, and suggest that there are better, more efficient, and more effective ways for you to reach your success than you might have daydreamed on your own.

So here’s my personally cultivated list of those videos that I know will teach you a little something about the magic that’s needed to be the success you’ve always wanted:

(in no particular order, at all,
so you’re forced to explore and enjoy)

Derek Sivers – How to Start a Movement

Founder and former president of CD Baby, Derek Sivers (a musician and circus clown) shares with you an amazing video on how to start a movement and what has to happen for it to succeed.

Sir Richard Branson – Life at 30,000 Feet

The founder and CEO of the Virgin Group talks to you about his life running his companies, competing, sustaining your dreams, and what motivates him.

Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability, Courage, Authenticity, and Shame

Scholar, author, and speaker, Brene Brown, and author of “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, More” shares her insights on being vulnerable and how to be transparent in order to be powerful.

Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

The author of “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last” gives you his model for inspirational leadership and shows you the importance of constantly asking and answering one question: “Why?”

Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do

Arguably the world’s top motivational coach, Tony Robbins talks to you about motivation, passion, and the reasons behind what you do what you do.

Martin Hagger – Sport Psychology – Inside the Mind of Champion Athletes

Professor of Psychology at Curtin University, Martin Hagger, explains what being a champion – meeting success and dealing with failure – means from an internal programming perspective.

Benjamin Zander – The Transformative Power of Classical Music

The author of “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life” and the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra will show you how to be a leader, how to manifest greatness, and how to bring a “shine” to someone else’s eyes.

Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation

Bestselling author, Dan Pink, talks to you about management, engagement, self-direction, and providing employees with autonomy.

J.J. Abrams – The Mystery Box

Massively successful producer, writer, actor, and director, J.J. Abrams, talks about how “mystery” inspires and motivates him. You will want your own “Mystery Box” when he’s done with you.

Elizabeth Gilbert – Success, Failure and The Drive to Keep Creating

The author of “Eat, Prey, Love” becomes transparent and talks to you about moving forward after you obtain success and surviving past and through other people’s expectations.

Seth Godin – How to Get Your Ideas to Spread

Marketing guru, Seth Godin, talks about the importance of spreading the idea of success – not just inventing something successful.

Gary Vaynerchuk – Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape

Entrepreneur, Gary Vaynerchuk, spoke at the Web 2.0 Expo and passionately talks to you about your users, fans, customers, and doing what you want to do for the rest of your life . . . and monetizing it. Hustle, folks!

Chris Hadfield – What I Learned From Going Blind in Space

What’s the scariest or most dangerous thing you’ve ever done? Col. Chris Hadfield tells you about his career as an astronaut and what he learned about the power of being prepared and dealing with danger, fear, and stress.

Kevin Roberts – The Power of Love

The CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi and author of “Lovemarks” shows you how the power of love drives marketing. You will learn a new role for your business.

Steve Jobs – Stanford Commencement Address – How to Live Before You Die

Not a formal TED Talk, but part of the TED library of offerings. The title speaks for itself.

BONUS VIDEO – The Crazy Ones (actually narrated by Steve Jobs)

If you don’t watch any other video . . . watch this one.


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