The 5 TED Talks every freelancer needs to watch today!

TED Talks

The daily grind can get you down. Sometimes, when you feel like you’re running low on inspiration and drive, you need something quick and impactful that you can watch to stop burnout from creeping in.

That’s where the plethora of TED Talks come in! Professionals from every corner and every industry sharing what inspires them, what gets them out of bed in the morning, all in under 20 minutes, can prove be the perfect antidote to an attack of apathy.

Check out our list of some of the best TED Talks out there and what we think every freelancer stands to gain from them. Go and get inspired!

1.       Jason Fried | Why work doesn’t happen at work

Software entrepreneur Jason Fried addressed the TEDxMidwest in 2010 with the radical theory that people’s best work doesn’t happen in a traditional office setting. It’s a great watch if you want to improve your own workflow and get back into the working from home headspace.

2.       Dan Ariely | What makes us feel good about our work?

Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata, behavioural economist (what a job title!) Dan Ariely explains how we find fulfilment from our work. Discussing two experiments, he reveals that a sense of purpose and drive is more important, overall, than just money.

3.       Scott Geller  | The Psychology of Self-Motivation

Do you ever feel like you’re missing that all-important fire in your belly sometimes? Speaking at TEDxVirginiaTech in 2013, psychology professor Scott Geller explains what it takes to get, and stay, motivated. A must for any freelancer that feels a little low on motivation.

4.       David Pogue | Simplicity sells

Opening with a song, New York Times columnist David Pogue takes a look at interface-design and how overcomplicating your offering is a killer for business and the end-user. Even if you’re not a designer, the principle of simplicity and clarity is indispensable advice for anyone looking to make their business stand out.

5.       Nigel Marsh | How to make work-life balance work

Author and marketer Nigel Marsh looks at how our working lives and personal lives interact with each other. In this talk, presented at TEDxSydney, Marsh explains how his life changed for the better when he assumed full control of his work-life balance.  We’ve written previously about the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance when working as a freelancer, and it can often be hard to achieve when you’re building business opportunities. Take a leaf out of Nigel’s book and learn how to manage your time so you get to have a life, as well as a career.

Feeling inspired yet? We love the variety that TED Talks offer, and even if a talk isn’t relevant to your particular industry there is always some insight into smart working practices or inspiring you to change the way you think about running your freelance business.

What methods and techniques do you use to motivate yourself and your freelance business? Do you have any favourite TED Talks that get you revved up to do business as an independent professional? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or join the conversation with us on Twitter or our new Facebook page.

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