As an entrepreneur, you are constantly pulled in multiple directions. It can be hard enough to keep up with the day-to-day business, much less come up with new ideas or new perspectives. However, when the bottom line depends on a new product or a new way of doing business, oftentimes you may not know where to begin.
Here is a collection of offbeat TED Talks that can help you get those creative juices flowing and get you back to work and better than ever.
1. "My Obsession with Objects and the Stories They Tell"
Any serial entrepreneur can tell you that inspiration will strike at the oddest times--and in the most unexpected places. In this talk, Adam Savage explains how his fascination for going down the rabbit hole can lead to greater overall productivity.
2. "The Paradox of Choice"
We've all heard the phrase "more is better," but is it really? When presented with too many options, we may behave as if we have no option at all. In this TED Talk, psychologist Barry Schwartz explains exactly how much is too much, and when enough is enough.
3. "Why Work Doesn't Happen at Work"
Have you ever felt that you get more done when you're not sitting at your desk? Perhaps you believe that you are interrupted more in the office, or that you don't have the proper work setup. In this talk by Jason Fried, you'll find out why we have this perception, if it is actually true, and what we can do about it.
4. "Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator"
If you've ever spent hours scanning Twitter, reading Facebook, playing video games, or doing anything but what you're supposed to be doing--this talk is for you. Tim Urban explains what is making you unable to concentrate on the task at hand, and how to get back to work.
5. "Seeing Past the Unknown"
Are you worried about things that are out of your control? Maybe you have found you act irrationally at times and you can't explain why. In my own TED Talk, I explain how to cope with situations that you haven't encountered before, or even fully understand, so that you can take that power back.
6. "The Nerd's Guide to Learning Anything Online"
Have you noticed there are a lot of online courses popping up everywhere nowadays? With Udemy, Pluralsight, and Datacamp--not to mention traditional universities like Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins that have all moved online--there's a plethora of learning to be had. John Green explains how we can learn most effectively in this new age of online learning.
7. "What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness"
Understandably, entrepreneurs and small-business owners tend to focus almost entirely on the present. You have to continually bring in repeat business in order to keep the doors open. However, in Robert Waldinger's talk, you'll see what we really should be focused on to ensure we have a life filled with happiness.