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

What makes you happy?

14 talks • 3h 33m
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.

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.

The creative spark

7 talks • 2h 6m
What makes us create and innovate? Here, wildly creative thinkers share ideas and insights into what kindles genius.

Work smarter

11 talks • 2h 6m
This isn't traditional business advice. These talks offer unconventional, and uncommonly useful, advice on leading, working and making the most of each day.
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Exclusive articles about Success

Why humans run the world

History professor Yuval Noah Harari — author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind — explains why humans have dominated Earth. The reason is not what you might expect. 70,000 y...

The science of setting goals

How to make New Year’s resolutions that actually work out this time. It’s the time of year when optimism strikes anew and we think to ourselves: our New Year’s resolutions will ...
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TED Books

How Did You End Up Here?

by Davy Rothbart
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