Playlist (5 talks)
Dan Pink: My 5 favorite talks on work

Popular business author Dan Pink picks his 5 favorite TED Talks on how to find greater success at work.
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Playlist (5 talks): Dan Pink: My 5 favorite talks on work

  • 20:26
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    What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.
    “A brilliant talk from the well-known behavioral economists on why people work hard, when they're willing to make extreme efforts, and how easy it is to crush their motivation."Is efficiency still more important than meaning? " Ariely asks. "I think the answer is no." ”
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    Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
    “The very best TED Talk on creativity — and a must-watch for anybody who creates for a living. (Hint: That's all of us). ”
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    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."
    “One of our greatest social scientists discusses his biggest idea: Flow, that delicious moment when the challenges we face are so exquisitely matched to our abilities that we lose a sense of time, place, and self. ”
  • 12:20
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    We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
    “Does success make us happy? Maybe not. In fact, maybe it's the other way around. In this terrific talk, Achor shows that happiness actually inspires productivity. ”
  • 17:40
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    Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.
    “Every seven years, Sagmeister takes a one-year "retirement" — to recharge, rethink, rejuvenate. Then he comes back ready to do better work. When I heard this talk live in 2009, I told Stefan he was onto something big. And in the next year, inspired by this example, I'll be taking my own mini-retirement. ”