At this point, most people have seen a TED Talk, or at least heard of what they are. TED is a non-profit that is dedicated to sharing ideas in the form of free video talks. These talks are usually no longer than 20 minutes (although there are exceptions) and make for easily digestible advice and/or inspiration. While there are TED talks in almost every possible topic area, today we are focusing on one: success. These 5 TED Talks will guarantee you become a smarter, more driven, and more motivated professional.

8 Secrets of Success – Richard St. John (3:30 min)

After interviewing 500+ people, Richard has gotten to the heart of what makes people successful. This short talk is a great way to hear what has led many people to greatness. If you can realize these traits in yourself and tap into them, you will find yourself on a better path.

Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career – Larry Smith (15:15 min)

This TED talk is brutally honest. Larry begins the talk by saying, “I want to discuss with you this afternoon why you’re going to fail to have a great career”. This talk is a wake up call, and he calls everyone out on their lack of confidence in themselves to find a job they truly are passionate about. If you feel like your career is going nowhere, this may be the awakening you need.

10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips – David Pogue (5:44 min)

This TED talk is less inspirational and more functional. David gives a fast breakdown of computer advice that will make you work more efficiently. These tips are fast, helpful, and easy to understand. They will not only benefit your work life, but these tips will also improve your casual tech usage as well.

The Happy Secret to Better Work – Shawn Achor (12:20 min)

It’s clear from this Ted talk that Shawn is an excellent storyteller. He uses an initial story to not only make the crowd laugh, but to rope them in as well. If you want some cheerier motivation, this talk is for you. Come for the laughs, and stay for the advice on seeing the world through a different, more positive lens.

How to Make Stress Your Friend – Kelly McGonigal (14:28 min)

Whether you’re a job seeker or a working professional, you are no doubt familiar with stress. As is evident from the title, this TED talk from psychologist Kelly McGonigal is about rethinking how you process stress. For too many of us, stress is something that inhibits our work instead of motivating it along. However, that’s not the way it has to be. Listen to this talk if you want to turn stress into a positive force in your life.

We hope you found something useful in one of the TED talks mentioned! is a great resource for motivational talks, and it can also be a great way to get motivated as a job seeker in between the applying process. Finally, if you have a favorite TED talk that you think is worth sharing, please let us know in the comments!