The 20 most popular TED talks ever are likely to make you question just about everything. And they will toss in a few answers.
5 Mind-Blowing Lessons From the Most Popular TED Talks of All Time By Minda Zetlin
What does it take to be happy? How do you motivate the people who work for you to do their best? How do you know what is and isn’t real in the world around you?
You may think you know the answers to all these questions, but watching the 20 most popular TED talks of all time will likely change your mind. With speakers like Bill Gates and Sting to choose from, some of the highest standards anywhere, and a proven method for mining the best and most insightful information any speaker can share, by the time a talk is published on the TED website, it’s always worth watching and almost always brilliant.
Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness
Just how great does a talk have to be to shine in that high-level group? Take a look at these examples and you’ll know. They are not only entertaining and thought provoking, but will likely make you rethink many of your assumptions. Here are just a few beliefs that these talks may unsettle:
1. Getting what we want will make us happy.
Not by a long shot. After explaining how making his younger sister think she was a unicorn kept her from feeling pain after a fall, psychologist Shawn Achor explains how the external facts of our lives account for very little of our actual happiness. And Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert shows us how we can be happy even when everything goes wrong.
2. The best leaders create great incentives.