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9 Awesome TED Talks to Inspire Your MBA Job Search

TED, (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is an outstanding Website that allows you to listen to thousands of inspiring, informative talks and lectures for free – at the click of a button.

No matter what sort of educational inspiration you are searching for, TED has something for you. For instance, there are many highly informative and provocative talks on TED that can help to inspire your MBA job search. The top nine awesome TED talks in this category are as follows:

  1. Tony Robbins on Why We Do What We Do: Tony Robbins, the pioneering life coach, discusses what he calls ‘the invisible forces’ that motivate us, and cause us to take the actions that we do in life. During this TED talk, he is so pumped up that he high-fives Al Gore in the front row! Robbins has had many famous personal clients, including CEOs, heads of state and Olympic athletes. All are drawn to him to learn how to reach their potential. Learn how to live up to your potential as you embark on your business career.
  2. Steve Jobs on How to Live Before You Die: In 2005, Steve Jobs, the CEO and founder of both Apple and Pixar, urged the students of Stanford University in this commencement speech to pursue their dreams and to see all of the opportunities that we have in life’s many setbacks, even death itself. Jobs was the brilliant mind behind the amazing, simple design of Apple products and was the person that made Apple one of the most successful companies in the world. You can use Jobs’ speech as inspiration for you as you confront challenges in your MBA job search and career.
  3. Brene Brown talks about The Power of Vulnerability: Brene Brown has long been studying how humans connect with each other – how we belong, love, and empathize. In this humorous and truly poignant TED talk, she shares some of the deepest insights she had during her research on this topic. She is a famed research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Learn about how to become more adept at connecting with people in your MBA business career.
  4. Daniel Pink discusses The Puzzle of Motivation: Dan Pink is a well-known career analyst who examines the fascinating topic of human motivation in this highly popular TED talk. He will explain to you that most social scientists know what most managers do not: traditional incentives are not usually as effective to motivate us as we might think. Learn what really motivates people, and change how you relate to your employees in your business career.
  5. Elizabeth Gilbert on Your Elusive, Creative Genius: Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ and in this talk, she discusses the impossible things that we expect from society’s artists and geniuses. She points out the controversial idea that genius is really not rare, and that many of us have somewhat of a genius inside ourselves. A great way to motivate yourself to achieve excellence in your MBA career.
  6. Dan Gilbert talks about The Surprising Science of Happiness: Dan Gilbert is the author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” and here he talks about the wrongheaded notion that we will be miserable if we do not get what we want in life. He argues that our psychological immune system, as he calls it, allows us to enjoy true happiness even if things do not go exactly as we want in life. A good concept to keep in mind in your business career as things sometimes go in directions other than what you expected.
  7. Keith Barry on Brain Magic: This TED talk shows us how our brains have the ability to fool our bodies. He also shows the audience some real examples of what he calls ‘brain magic.’ Barry is a favorite at events around the world, as the Irish magician discusses mind control, hypnosis, mind reading and all sorts of outrageous stunts. This talk is a good reminder of the power of our brains and how they can fool us, which is a smart thing to remember in your new business career.
  8. Jeff Bezos on What Matters More Than Your Talents: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos addresses the Princeton University graduating class, and he says that character is shown not in our natural gifts, but by the choices we make in the course of our lives. Remember that the choices you make in your business career after MBA school will define who you are, more than the piece of paper you earned.
  9. Randy Pausch on Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams: Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch was dying from pancreatic cancer in 2007, and he delivered this famous lecture that has mesmerized millions of people as he discusses how we can achieve the dreams of our childhood.

Listen to these nine awesome TED talks and learn how you can achieve your potential in your MBA job search, your career, and your entire life.

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