Success

The first step in success? Figuring out what success means to you. Watch TED Talks about success, motivation, goal-setting and achievement.

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Work smarter

16 talks • 3h 40m
This isn't your father's business advice. These talks -- from a philosopher, a general, a cognitive psychologist -- offer unconventional, and uncommonly useful, advice on leading, working, creating and living better.

A better you

13 talks • 2h 55m
Ready for a change? These well-researched (and heartfelt) talks offer ideas and inspiration for all aspects of your life, from creativity to vulnerability, from competitive sports to collaborative games.

What makes you happy?

13 talks • 3h 20m
Everyone wants to be happy. But how, exactly, does one go about it? Here, psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks and more gives answers that may surprise.

How to be a great leader

12 talks • 2h 54m
What makes a great leader? The ability to rule with an iron fist? Being well-liked? Or maybe just having a really loud voice? These TED speakers each offer much more nuanced approaches on how to inspire others.
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TED Books

TED Book: How Did You End Up Here?

How Did You End Up Here?: The Surprising Ways Our Questions Connect Us

More than 100 all-time favorite questions to ask someone you've just met. What do the questions we ask reveal about ourselves?
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TRH: Success

Episode: Success

Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in another way – one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment? It may not be as obvious as you think. In this hour, TED speakers share ideas for what makes us successful. Listen now