“The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches,

increases ever with the acquisition of it.”

Laurence Sterne

There is no set description or traits for a successful entrepreneur. The one trait that is set in stone is having an innate thirst for knowledge. Although it is a given for all of us human beings, your desire and drive to learn more must transcend that of rest.

One source of perpetual inspiration, motivation and in general useful information is TED Talks. It is one resource that reassures you that your time ‘surfing the web’ is not spent in vain. TED Talks encourage us to rethink and reshape our careers, transform our businesses and sometimes even change our lives for the better.

I know, you’re incredibly busy but I also know that you procrastinate! If you’ve decided to procrastinate, do it right and do it well. Below you will find a selection of some of the most interesting TED talks that will be beneficial to you as an entrepreneur.

5 Must See TED Talks For Entrepreneurs

1. Seth Godin: How to Get Your Ideas to Spread

Seth Godin is a best-selling author AND a marketing expert, so don’t take his words for granted. In light of the viral nature of the Internet and social media, Seth talks about ideas that grab attention and spread like wildfire. Humour is present in this talk.

2. Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 Feet

Richard Branson is someone you may not be familiar with, but surely you’ve heard of his many business ventures. One of the more famous ones – the Virgin Group (which includes not just the commercial spaceflight business but also banking, electronics, health care, phones etc.). This talk covers his multibillionaire success story down to his multiple near-death experiences.

3. Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do

If you’re really in need for some motivational pep talk, then this video is for you. This talk covers the following questions and insightful answers to those questions - Why do you want to become an entrepreneur? Does your product or service have the potential to impact the lives of others? Do you just want to become filthy rich?

4. Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

This one is surely a lesson to us all. Stop using time as excuse for all your problems. Nigel Marsh will state it plain for you – “With the smallest investment in the right places, you can radically transform the quality of your relationships and the quality of your life” because really, it’s all about the small things that matter. 

If you’re REALLY busy, here’s a 3 minute video in light of your busy schedule but undying curiosity:

5. Richard St. John: Secret of Success in 8 Words