10 TED Talks to inspire you to change and create a better you

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We've been talking a lot this week about embracing change, and why it's good for yourself and your business. Now it's time to seek further inspiration from some of the world's leading thinkers through the following recommended talks. From creativity to mindfulness, from failure to success – these well-researched presentations will help you create an all-round better you.

1. The magic of not giving a f**k – Sarah Knight

Author of The Magic of Not Giving a F**K, Sarah Knight

2. Why you will fail to have a great career – Larry Smith

Larry Smith wastes no time in getting straight to the point, explaining why we'll fail to have a great career. With humour and brutal honesty, he shares some of the absurd excuses people make when they fail to pursue their dreams. Hopefully, it will inspire you to get off your ass and do something.

3. The difference between winning and succeeding – John Wooden

A great inspirational talk from coach John Wooden who redefines success and urges us to pursue the best in ourselves. Expect him to share the advice he gave his players at UCLA, some inspiring poetry and his father's wisdom.

4. Try something new for 30 days – Matt Cutts

If you could do that thing you've always wanted to in just 30 days, you would...right? Matt Cutts believes we can easily set and achieve goals if we just give ourselves 30 days of focus. A short and sweet talk that will have you trying something new in no time.

5. All it takes is 10 mindful minutes – Andy Puddicombe

We're so switched on these days that we never really give ourselves any time to think. Take a step back and breathe with this inspirational talk from Andy Puddicombe. A mindfulness expert, he urges us to refresh our minds for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. The benefits are incredible.

6. Why we do what we do – Tony Robbins

What motivates us to do what we do? Life coach Tony Robbins talks us through the "invisible forces" that motivate our actions.

7. On being wrong – Kathryn Schulz

Did you know there is such a thing as a "wrongologist'? That's Kathryn Schulz's job title. Through her talk she shows us why it's ok to admit when we're being wrong, and why it's great to embrace our fallibility.

8. What I learned from 100 days of rejection – Jia Jiang

Rejection can be a scary word; especially for us creatives. For research purposes, Jia Jiang (owner of Rejection Therapy) decided to seek out rejection for 100 days and discover the process we go through when we're turned down. Here, he shares what he learned, and offers great insight into dealing with rejection.

9. Success, failure and the drive to keep creating – Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress", devastated by rejection letters. Now she's the author of best-selling book, 'Eat, Pray, Love' and has become an acclaimed writer. Through this talk, she inspires us to keep trying, even when we feel we are failing.

10. As work gets more complex, six rules to simplify – Yves Morieux

Why do we sometimes feel so miserable at work? Possibly because things can get complex and tough, and we're often left to fend for ourselves. In Yves Morieux's talk, we learn of six rules for "smart simplicity" so we can enjoy what we do again.

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