The Current Top 20 Most Popular TED Talks

2013 Most Popular Ted Talks

TED Blog

8506166674_27b6649d38_b As 2013 draws to a close, TED is deeply humbled to have posted 1600+ talks , each representing an idea worth spreading. So which ideas have had the most widespread impact? Below, a look at the 20 most-watched talks as of December 2013. These viewership numbers include all the platforms we track:, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more.

Some fascinating things to notice on this list, if you’d like to compare and contrast it to the most popular talks in 2012, and to the list we shared back in 2011: Amy Cuddy, Susan Cain, David Blaine and Pamela Meyer are all newcomers to the list, with Cuddy’s talk storming to spot #5 thanks to you sharing it. Meanwhile, Brene Brown’s talk has doubled in its number of views since 2012, with Simon Sinek and Mary Roach’s talks coming close to that line. And finally, Ken…

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3 A’s of Awesome

Neil Pasricha:

Attitude: you always have a second choice, you can choose to be optimistic.
Awareness: I love hanging out with 3 year olds.
Authenticity: Being you, and being cool with that.

Great reminder that there are awesome moments even in what seems to be the darkest times.

Helen Keller
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

― Helen Keller

Seeing the closed door in a positive light with optimism opens you to endless possibilities and new opportunities.

TED Talk Tuesday – The Skill of Self Confidence: Dr. Ivan Joseph at TEDxRyersonU

Great points on how to build self-confidence and how to build a persons self-esteem.

Live Your Life Inspired

An amazing talk with great points on how to build self-confidence. As the soccer coach of a nationally recognized college team, Dr. Ivan Joseph has some good ideas on how to build a persons self-esteem. Although the list is short and looks easy, the simplest things always seem to be the hardest. But there is great news, confidence is skill so it can be learned and eventually mastered.

How to build self-confidence:

1) Repetition and Persistence

2) Change the negative self-talk

3) Get away from the people who will tear you down

4) Build confidence in others – catch them when they are good

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You are Not Your Body

Being Free

We often define ourselves by things that are “outside” us: relationships, work, family — even our own bodies. But what would it mean to have your life dramatically altered and your body irrevocably damaged? Who would you be then? This talk explores the impact of loss on the human psyche and the universal quest to find meaning and fulfillment. It is only through the process of losing everything we thought we needed that we find who we truly are.

Janine Shepherd is a walking paraplegic; she is also a qualified pilot and aerobatics instructor, international speaker and author. Once voted as one of the world’s most outstanding and inspirational people, Janine devotes her professional life to empowering others to overcome adversity.


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Day 40: Keeping On Track

Diary of a Twenty Something Time Traveller

After Wednesday, another day of writing followed, and then another. My evenings tapping away at the keyboard began to stretch further into the night.

I was still awake in the early hours of this morning, this time not deliberately. I was getting frustrated with lieing wakeful, when I had a brilliant idea for a project I’m working on. After scribbling it down, I attempted to sleep, again.

And again, it didn’t happen. Instead I made another discovery. I opened Netflix for some mindless viewing, and stumbled on a brilliant TED video.

I want to post it here, because I think the conclusion Jane McGonigal reaches encapsulates the lessons I am beginning to learn on this blog.

To summarise, Jane identifies four forms of resilience which – when strengthened – will help you overcome obstacles and problems you encounter in your life.

  1. Physical resilience – you’re body can overcome more stress…

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