By Jared Atchison, co-founder of WPForms
As an entrepreneur, it's natural to keep searching for ways to do better business and reach new heights as a business leader. It can be difficult with stress and a huge workload bogging down your creativity, performance and endurance. However, sometimes all you need is to hear a new perspective about the life you live so you can change your way of thinking and begin to see your situation as an opportunity to grow.
When I'm feeling bogged down, I've found that what I really need is a powerful, informational TED talk to set my mind straight. Here are five of my favorite TED talks that you need to listen to if you're striving to be a better entrepreneur.
1. Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
Too often, we associate vulnerability with weakness. It's almost too easy to believe that putting yourself out there is the harmful thing to do because you're exposing yourself to new people, situations and outcomes. Brené Brown, however, disagrees and believes that the key to being happy and successful in all areas of life is to let yourself be vulnerable.
Brown places emphasis on using vulnerability as a tool to be better and stronger at what you do. Her argument that you can use vulnerability as a strategy to be more creative and innovative in your personal and work life has really resonated with me.
2. Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are
Have you or anyone you know suffered from imposter syndrome? Feeling like you aren't cut out for the awesome job you have can make anyone feel like an imposter. There are too many hardworking people out there who are afraid they don't meet the standard for success. Amy Cuddy's TED talk dives into body language and how you can use it to prove your worth and strengthen your confidence in the workplace.
Sometimes, faking it 'til you make it is key to becoming the confident, self-assured business leader you've always wanted to be. When you tell yourself something enough and practice along with it, it soon ends up becoming your reality. This talk is great for anyone who wants to be taken more seriously as a leader.
3. Celeste Headlee: 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation
As an entrepreneur, it's inevitable that you'll have to converse with tons of different people frequently -- investors, customers, employees and others who help your business run. There's no way to avoid this no matter how much you may loathe the idea of having to carry a conversation related to work.
Headlee's TED talk dives into 10 specific ways you can be a better conversationalist. It's essential, especially as a business owner, to master the art of conversation. It can open up more doors for you than you think.
4. Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over
Mel Robbins argues that the one person getting in the way of your success is you. When we want something, we often come up with all the reasons why we can't have it or why our goals are too far out of reach. Robbins says that this is self-sabotaging behavior, and if you want to be the person you want to be, you need to get out of your own way.
To get what you want, force yourself to make the effort to do it. This applies to being an entrepreneur because there is so much work that goes into running a business, and if you don't force yourself to do what must be done, you won't reach your objectives and live a fulfilling work life.
5. Julie Burstein: Four Lessons in Creativity
When faced with hardship, it feels easier to focus on the stresses of the job rather than come up with new ways to turn those struggles into creative achievements. As an entrepreneur, it can be easy to leave creativity behind because you're faced with so many technical tasks. However, being creative will open new doors for your business and help it reach its full potential.
Burstein shares four insightful lessons on creativity that can help anyone in a slump bounce back and transform their hardest moments into ones of learning and insight, especially in business.
Sometimes, all you need is an insightful TED talk to get your mind right and set the tone to be the most successful entrepreneur you can be. Look at things from a new perspective and open your mind to understand how you can improve in all areas of your life, including your work life. What TED talks have made you a better business leader?
Jared Atchison is the co-founder of WPForms, a drag & drop form builder for WordPress that's being used on over 400,000 websites.