TED Talks for the Treadmill

What are you watching?

I love to exercise outside. Most people do.  Our mild winter certainly has kept me outdoors more than usual in January and February.  However, there have been the occasional days when I have had to use the elliptical in my garage.  Sigh! Snore! Boooring—if it weren’t for TED Talks!

TED promotes their talks as, “influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech, and creativity.”  They are free to watch. And, they are fascinating.

Periodically, my Centennial colleagues and I are going to share our current TED Talk favorites with you.  I have watched a dozen or so over the past two weeks.  Here are my (current) top 5:

The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain


Would you ever think that introverts make great leaders?  Cain shares why an introvert might be the leader that elevates an organization.  She also explores how schools, politics and business unfairly favors extroverts, and how organizations need a balance of the two personality types.  Fascinating!

Not a TED Talk, but a great video–

How to Vision, Lead & Build Your Company for Double Double Growth by Cameron Herald

The author of the best seller, Double Double shares anecdotes highlighting why he has been successful in growing businesses.  The link above is Part 1.  Check out part 2 as well.

If you have any parent-guilt about making your teens work, watch Herald’s TED Talk on Raising Entrepreneurs.  Your angst will evaporate and you will feel validated when you say, “Find a job!”

The most important talk that I will potentially ever watch is by the late Sam Berns: My Philosophy for a Happy Life.  Sam suffered from the progressive aging disease Progeria.  This video has had more than 1 billion views, so perhaps you have seen it already.  Even if you have, be sure to watch it again.  “No matter what I choose to become, I believe that I can change the world.  And as I’m striving to change the world, I will be happy.”

The weather forecast for this upcoming week is “seasonably cool.”  I know what I’ll be doing:  watching TED Talks in my garage!  Do you have any recommendations?

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