Success

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

Video playlists about Success

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?

10 talks • 2h 37m
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 leaders inspire

12 talks • 2h 56m
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