17 Inspirational TED Talks on Motivation

Updated on August 31, 2020
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Entrepreneurs know better than anyone how hard it can be to get and stay motivated. No matter how obsessed you are with your business, maintaining motivation can be tricky due to the stress that comes with being a small business owner. Working long hours, the demands of growing your business, and being your own boss are just a few of the factors that can make sustaining motivation challenging.

Online resources offer information on a variety of ways to get inspired when you’re feeling stuck. Whether you prefer to take a break and get some fresh air, talk to a mentor, or try to grind through your roadblocks, there are many different schools of thought on the best ways to find and sustain your work ethic. When it comes to finding and maintaining motivation, the most important thing is that you find a strategy that works best for you.

For many people, one of the best ways to increase motivation is to watch or read inspirational content. TED, the popular media company that shares talks on technology, education, and design topics, offers motivational videos on a variety of topics. These talks will get you thinking about what motivation is, help you analyze the complexities of what drives us, and inspire you to live your best life. No matter your industry or job title, these TED talks are sure to get you thinking in new ways and feeling inspired to change the world and improve your business.

Check out this infographic on 17 inspirational TED Talks on motivation:

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Meredith Wood
GM, New Markets at NerdWallet

Meredith Wood

Meredith Wood is the founding editor of the Fundera Ledger and a GM at NerdWallet.

Meredith launched the Fundera Ledger in 2014. She has specialized in financial advice for small business owners for almost a decade. Meredith is frequently sought out for her expertise in small business lending and financial management.

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