TED is a media organization founded in 1984 that now hosts events all around the world. Attending their events can get ridiculously pricey – $10,000 for a ticket! Thankfully, TED is generous enough to make these talks available online. They have over 2500 talks available on their site… and most of them are quite lengthy. Read this post in five minutes and save yourself nearly two hours of watching the top most viewed talks!
1.8 Million Views (TED.com) + 300k (YouTube)
Genova, who’s a neuroscientist, says that Alzheimer’s disease can be kept at bay by building resistance within your brain. You can keep learning new skills to “exercise” your brain (this concept is known as neuroplasticity) and create more neuronal connections. Think of your brain as a muscle. Muscles need exercise to stay fit, right?
2.4 Million Views (TED) + 600k (YouTube)
Ferriss, a sufferer of bipolar disorder begins by talking about a time he nearly committed suicide and was saved by a minor coincidence. He then explains the philosophy of Stoicism and how it helps us make rational decisions in times of great stress. Separate what you can control from what you cannot, and it will help you out whenever you feel ‘blocked’ about making a decision. A quote he loves: “We suffer more in imagination than in reality” which offers a realistic view of how we perceive problems.
2.5 Million Views (TED) + 600k (YouTube)
This talk is such a big hit that it has subtitles in 23 different languages. His Holiness doesn’t send out a message for Christianity; he sends one for humanity. A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that could be you. “The future is made of yous,” he begins. Our life is tied to the lives of others. We are not just isolated individuals, we all need each other and as such we need equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail.
4.2 Million Views (TED) + 2.5 million (YouTube)
Does Bollywood mega-star Shah Rukh Khan act in movies? No. In his own words, he “sells dreams and peddles love to millions”. He compares humanity to an ageing movie actor, “grappling with all the newness around itself, wondering whether it got it right in the first place and still trying to find a way to keep on shining regardless.” SRK talks about his childhood innocence, losing his parents at a young age, the advent of the internet (and social media) and a whole lot more.
4.8 Million Views (TED) + 1.8 million (YouTube)
What has Elon Musk not achieved in the last couple of decades? CEOs like Aaron Levie seem to think he’s the one who’ll save Earth from mankind’s polluting activities. PayPal founder Musk has ventured into clean energy, electric cars, space travel, underground car transport and other endeavours incomprehensible to the average human. He even plans to visit Mars. He talks about all this (and a little more!) in this lengthy TED talk that pushes forty minutes.
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