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Starting a business can be a lonely process filled with self-doubt and worry. Hearing from people who’ve made the journey themselves can be both reassuring and rewarding.
If you need a little inspiration to feel the power of your own potential, these videos are essential viewing. From serial entrepreneurs to VPs to psychologists, we’ve picked five TED talks that will make you laugh, think, and help you maintain a positive mindset when faced with challenges.

Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Born in Wimbledon and raised in London, Johannesburg and Hong Kong and the USA, author Simon Sinek has inspired a host of budding entrepreneurs since the release of his first book Start With Why 12 years ago.

His groundbreaking ‘Golden Circle of Leadership’ idea explores why some business leaders break records and inspire quasi-religious loyalty in their employees while others struggle to even get their ideas off the ground.

Watch Sinek’s first TED Talk from 2009 as he explores this idea – and see how his deceptively simple approach can inform your own journey to success.

Repeat after me: “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” 

Bill Gross – The single biggest reason why startups succeed

Bill Gross is a serial entrepreneur and investor.

He has launched over 125 businesses in his career (!) so you can rest assured that he speaks from a place of experience.

After analysing the data from hundreds of companies, he’s narrowed down the key factors that predict success or failure.

In this engaging talk, he reveals the single most important secret to success – and it might not be exactly what you think!

Regina Hartley – Why the best hire might not have the best resume

In this fascinating talk that digs into HR, recruitment, psychology and more, Regina Hartley investigates why candidates with unconventional work histories might just be hidden gems.

Hartley is Vice President of Global Talent Management at UPS, the world’s biggest delivery company with almost half a million employees.

Her talk is fascinating viewing for anyone involved in the recruitment industry and might provide some thought-provoking reflections on hiring for those beginning to build their own teams.

Mike Cannon-Brookes – How you can use imposter syndrome to your benefit

Imposter Syndrome is something that most of us can identify with, and that many entrepreneurs struggle with on their journey.

Billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder of Atlassian, one of the most successful tech companies around the world today, so hearing him speak about feeling like he doesn’t belong is powerful stuff.

His insights into harnessing the awkwardness of imposter syndrome to help fuel your success are funny, touching, and practical.

You’ll end this video with renewed confidence in your abilities.

Shawn Achor – The happy secret to better work 

What’s more important – being happy or being productive?

In this video, Harvard-trained psychologist Shawn Achor argues that if you focus on happiness, productivity will follow, but if you choose the path of productivity over everything else, you will actually achieve less.

Achor is a very funny and engaging speaker – and his brand of positive psychology is hard to ignore.

This video will leave you with a spring in your step and an infectious optimism about your future success.

Have these left you feeling more inspired? More confident and focused on progressing your dreams of becoming an entrepreneur?

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