Ten Ted Talk for your Mindset

19th May 2023
Read time:  2 minute 20sec

The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck

The godmother of growth mindset. This Ted Talk teaches us the power of saying ‘not yet’ and rising to challenges through having this mindset.

Takeaways: Turning a “Not” into a “Not Yet”

How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff – without ropes

Alex Honnold

One of the most incredible human feats known. Alex Honnold explains why climbing one of the most challenging rock faces on the planet felt like a walk in the park.

Takeaways: Meticulous preparation creates unbreakable confidence and belief.

Your body language may shape who you are

Amy Cuddy

Showing how our body language can influence not only our own thinking but also our own success. I recently spoke abou this on a recent Coffee Club over in Instagram.

Takeaway: Your body language can change your mindset.

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

Dr Robert Waldinger

A director of one of the longest studies ever, tracking people for 75 years on their lives to find out the answers to what makes us happy human beings.

Takeaway: Having quality relationships help people live happier, healthier and longer lives.

Change your mindset, change the game

Dr Alia Crum

Dr Crum explores scientific results that show the influence of the mindset on the body, and how changing the subjective mindset produced different outcomes. In addition to this her podcast episode with Andrew Huberman is one of the MindStrong Academy’s recommended listening.

Takeaway: Changing how you view situations can change the outcomes.

The power of vulnerability

Brene Brown

This fun Ted Talk brings with it a compassionate thought about connection, growth and how vulnerability creates connection and overcomes fear and shame.

Takeaway: Vulnerability is a strength, have the courage to be imperfect.

Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality

Brian Little

This charming psychologist explains how our personalities are a fascinating mix that should be approached with a sense of curiosity and not judgement of one being better than another.

Takeaway: Our difference are neither better or worse.

The prison of your mind

Sean Stephenson

Delivered within Ironwood State Prison, the late therapist delivers a powerful talk to how to choose a life of strength through adversities and self pity. Teaching us to not define ourselves by our conditions, and choosing to view the world in the way that would inspire you.

Takeaway: Drop out of your mind and into your heart.

The puzzle of motivation

Daniel Pink

While this Ted Talk is based towards a business economy. This talk from Daniel Pink highlights something that is transferrable into any discipline of our lives. If you want to put more effort into your performance, go towards your intrinsic motivations.

Takeaway: Doing something based on the intrinsic motivations, improves performance.

Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck)

Alison Ledgerwood

Social Psychologist Alison Ledgerwood shows how we focus on negative outcomes far longer than positive ones and how to move your thinking back to baseline and reframe your perspective to a more positive one.

Takeaway: You have to work to see the upside.


I have found that watching these Ted Talk’s have been transferable into many aspects of your life. I hope that they speak to you, that you can place your context into them.

And I think, exactly what TED purpose statement suggests, that these are ideas worth spreading.

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