Starting and running a business is hard work, but a bit of inspiration can always help to drive you to the next level. Attending motivational speeches in person isn’t always an option, but luckily, the internet has you covered. If you have a spare half an hour, you may want to check out some of the following inspirational TED talks. They’re perfect for the Canadian entrepreneur.
Martin Villeneuve: How I Made an Impossible Film
For most entrepreneurs, one of the biggest hurdles to getting your project off the ground is funding. That didn’t stop Martin Villeneuve. When he wanted to turn his graphic novels into a sci-fi film, he had no money, but in spite of that, he completed his project in seven years, and this TED talk explains his process. If you’re looking for innovative ways to deal with financial or logistical restraints, this inspiring talk may be just what you need.
Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership
Toronto native Drew Dudley doesn’t believe that leadership is a rare or elusive skill. Instead, he believes that everyone has a leader inside them. To get a glimpse of your inner leader, consider tuning into his short TED talk. As an added bonus, Dudley is considered to be one of the funniest and most engaging TED speakers of all time, so you can expect to be entertained as well as inspired.
Elizabeth May: Canadian Innovation
Although she was born in the United States, Elizabeth May is the leader of Canada’s Green Party and a Member of Parliament. If you’re thinking about creating products and you want your efforts to help the Canadian economy as a whole, you may want to tune into her talk on Canadian innovation. The premise of her short but compelling speech is that Canadian companies need to produce high-value, innovative products and that the economy in general shouldn’t be so focused on exporting raw resources.
Brain Little: Who Are You, Really?
In "Who Are You, Really? The Puzzle of Personality," world renowned Ottawa-based psychologist Brain Little explores the basis of personality, and he destroys the myth that personalities are set in stone. If you’re getting ready to hire or you’re looking for ways to work more effectively with your employees, you may want to pay special attention to the portion of the talk on introverts and extroverts. Additionally, this speech is great if you’re trying to make a personality change to help you become a more outgoing sales person, a more thoughtful manager, or a more successful entrepreneur in any other way.
Dan Tapscott: How the Blockchain Is Changing Money and Business
If you want to learn about the intersection of technology and business, check out this TED Talk by Don Tapscott. A Canadian executive, Tapscott is considered to be one of the world’s top experts on the impact of innovation and technology. In this talk, he breaks down blockchains into simplified words anyone can understand, and he tells listeners what to expect with the advent of the second generation of the internet.
When your well is running dry, a tidbit of information or an inspiring quip can often help you to keep moving forward. If possible, treat yourself to watching videos, reading books, or exploring new ideas in other ways on a regular basis. Even if the information isn’t directly related to your business, its inspirational angle can directly relate to your success.