7 Awesome Ted Talks to Inspire Nurses

by Brittney Wilson RN BSN, NurseJournal.org   

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TED is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”.

TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event. The annual conference began in 1990, in Monterey, California.

If you are a nurse or a student of nursing, you will get plenty of extra inspiration in your career and in your life by watching some of these motivational TED talks:

#1 Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

This highly inspirational talk has a simple but powerful message – that inspirational leadership always begins with a golden circle and the question ‘why’? In 2009, Sinek released his famous book ‘Start With Why,’ which is a synopsis of his theory that he uses to teach people how to become effective leaders and to inspire change in their field. Sinek himself struggled to recapture his excitement about his work and his life, and the profound realizations that he made have helped to make his book an inspiration to millions.

#2 Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness

Dan Gilbert is the author of ‘Stumbling on Happiness,’ and he challenges the notion that we are in for a life of misery if we do not get what we think that we want. In reality, our psychological immune system, as he calls it, allows us to feel happy even when things do not go as we planned them. Gilbert believes that our thoughts about what will make us happy usually are wrong. This talk will help to show you how you can reach happiness in ways you never dreamed.

#3 Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do

The famous motivational speaker talks about the invisible forces that motivate what we do. Robbins is one of the most famous self-help geniuses ever. His clients have ranged from corporate executives to heads of state to Olympic athletes. His approach asks listeners to look inside of themselves and to look for the inner blocks that are preventing them from success.

#4 Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a Life of Immersion

In this wide ranging talk, the speaker introduces us to people she has met who immersed themselves in their causes or in their community. This fascinating talk tells us how we each can live a life of purpose and where we should begin in our careers and in our personal lives. Novogratz has been redefining the ways that poverty problems can be solved here and around the globe. She founded the Acumen Fund in 2001, which has been very effective in creating blueprints for ending poverty by using market approaches.

#5 Ernest Madu on World-Class Health Care

Madu is the leader of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica. He has proven there with careful design, smart choices and a dedication to serving public health, that it is possible to provide the best health care in the world in the developing world. He has been able to deliver over $1 million per year in free and reduced cost treatments in the developing world. This inspiring story tells us how it is possible to provide the best health care to the neediest among us.

#6 Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die

At this Stanford University commencement address, Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple and Pixar, urged everyone to pursue their dreams and to see the many opportunities that are in our setbacks, up to and including death. This truly inspiring talk will leave you ready to take on the challenges in your personal and professional life with gusto.

#7 Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

The author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ talks about the impossible things that many of us expect from artists and geniuses, and talks about the fascinating idea that all of us have a genius inside of us that we just need to discover. This inspiring talk will move you and get you thinking about how to discover your inner genius.



About the Author

Brittney Wilson RN BSN
Brittney Wilson RN BSN /

Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse, is a Clinical Informatics Specialist practicing in Georgia. In her day job she gets to do what she loves every day: Combine technology and healthcare to improve patient outcomes. She joined NurseJournal.org to help connect with other nurses in Informatics and educate those considering the field for the first time. Connect with me on Google+

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