My 5 Favourite TED Talks

I decided back in my October goals that I would like to start watching or listening to one TED Talk or podcast per week. I found this to be one of the easiest goals to complete. I love learning and there are thousands of TED Talks so I never run out of more to watch. However, it can also be a bit tricky to sort through them all to find one you’d like to watch. I’ve done the work for you and have put together a little list of my 5 favourite TED Talks.

Susan Cain \\ The Power Of Introverts

“And that’s okay. But occasionally, just occasionally, I hope you will open up your suitcases for other people to see, because the world needs you and it needs the things you carry.”

The first time I watched this video I was in high school. A teacher of mine sat us all down and had us watch this in class, and I was fascinated. I had always known I was an introvert but I had never heard someone really break it down like this, or even talk about being an introvert as such a positive. Susan Cain explained introversion in a way that made me proud of this trait and gave so many insights into managing the trickier areas of it. For introverts and extroverts alike this talk is important in beginning to understand our differences and strengths.

After watching this TED Talk I bought and read her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. This book is now on my must-read list, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to understand introversion better.

Brene Brown \\ The Power of Vulnerability

“And when you ask people about connection, the stories they told me were about disconnection.”

My sisters and I all love to listen and read Brené Brown’s work. Brene is a researcher who specializes in the study of courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. In this TED Talk, she speaks on how being vulnerable with ourselves and others is necessary for true joy and connection. Using real data and research, she shows the importance of relationships and being real with people.

If you like this talk you should also check out her books, because they are just as fantastic! My favourite book of hers is Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Cleo Wade \\ Want to Change the World? Start By Being Brave Enough to Care

“We spend so much time thinking we don’t have the power to change the world. We forget that the power to change someone’s life is always in our hands.”

This talk is so incredibly beautiful and I could have quoted the entire thing. It goes hand in hand with Brené’s talk about vulnerability. She talks about how easy it is to pretend that we don’t care, but how necessary it is that we do. We can make a huge impact and a difference, even if it’s just for one single person. It is important to care, about ourselves, other people, relationships, nature, the world. We need to be open, honest and vulnerable people. So like the title suggests if you want to make a difference and change the world, start by being vulnerable, start by caring. (Start by watching this TED Talk)

Elizabeth Gilbert \\ Your Elusive Creative Genius

“Olé!” to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”

I’m sure you’ve heard of her, or at least her bestselling book and blockbuster movie; Eat, Pray, Love. In this talk, Elizabeth Gilbert touches on the subject of creativity and how the everpresent fear of being a failure can stop us in our tracks. She proposes a new way to think about creativity, one that takes the pressure off of us and allows us to create without tying our self-worth into what we make. This talk is so inspiring and proposes an easy way to create without all of the fear.

Angela Lee Duckworth \\ Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance 

“Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Sometimes its hard to remember that most things take a lot of hard work, but not just a single hour of hard work, or even a day, but sometimes years. Personally, this is always something I could use a reminder of. This TED Talk will remind you that your determination will pay off, and while you may not see the effects now one day you will look back and see it clearly. What I also really love about this talk is her emphasis on how we need to be teaching this to younger generations. If we can teach children grit we can better prepare them for the future, and isn’t that what every parent/carer wants?


What are some of your favourite TED Talks? Let me know below so I can check them out!



  1. April
    January 24, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    This is an amazing post. I love Ted Talks, and I haven’t seen these before. This is definitely such an inspiring reminder. Thank you for sharing ❤️

    • whitney
      January 24, 2018 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them!

  2. January 24, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    This is such a great post! TED Talks are so interesting, there was one at my uni but I wasn’t able to go because tickets sold out. But I’m definitely going to check these ones out! 🙂 One of my favourite TED Talks is from Shahrukh Khan – he’s an actor from Bollywood and his talk was very inspiring! xx

    • whitney
      January 24, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      I’ll definitely have to check that TED Talk out! Thanks for the suggestion!

    • whitney
      January 24, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion! I can’t wait to watch it!

  3. January 24, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Great post. I’ve been wanting to start listening to Ted Talks but didn’t know where to start. Thank you for the recommendations!

    • whitney
      January 25, 2018 / 9:06 am

      Hope you enjoy them!

    • whitney
      January 25, 2018 / 9:06 am

      Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

    • whitney
      January 26, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks! I can’t wait to watch it!

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