10 TED Talks to Encourage Personal Growth

What is TED Talks?

You most likely know what TED Talks is but if you don’t I’ll give you a little background.  Under the slogan “Ideas worth spreading”, TED Talks is an online non-profit organisation dedicated to sharing ideas and encouragement through inspiring speeches from some of the world’s greatest minds, and it’s all free!

Since I’ve found so many amazing Ted Talks I thought I would gather my favourite ten about personal growth. These talks have changed my way of thinking and helped me grow as person, I’m sure they will inspire you too!

10 TED Talks to Encourage Personal Growth

How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over – Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins talk about “how to strop screwing yourself over” is smart, effective and ever so simple. She asks us to be selfish and think about what we really want and to stop convincing ourselves that we’re “fine” when we’re not. This talk will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to achieve your goals.

Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m A Model – Cameron Russell

In this fearless talk, Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery” but shares a secret with us, “I am insecure”. Cameron talks about why looks aren’t everything, even models face the same insecurities as every other woman.

Why Thinking Your Ugly is Bad for you – Meaghan Ramsey

Did you know that on average about 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “am I ugly?”, the majority of which are from young girls. Meaghan Ramsey talks us through the impacts of low body image and self-esteem and shares the key things we can do to prevent this reality.

The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong – Amy Morin

We all have the ability to build mental strength, but most of us don’t know how.  We spend a lot of time talking about physical strength and physical health, but much less time talking about mental strength and mental health.  Amy Morin tells her secret of becoming mentally strong, by choosing to perform exercises that will help you learn to manage your behaviour, thoughts and emotions.

All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes – Andy Puddicombe

Do you remember the last time you did nothing for ten whole minutes? Not playing on your phone, not reading a book and not watching TV. Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe, describes the power of doing absolutely nothing for ten minutes everyday. By switching off from the world and simply being mindful and experiencing the present moment.

Living Without Shame – Whitney Thore

Whitney Thore talks us through her experience with bullies and her body image. After putting herself on countless diets and suffering an eating disorder, she has found the answer to her struggles. The answer being, living without shame.

How do you Define Yourself? – Lizzie Velasquez

How do you define yourself? Lizzie Velasquez was born with an incredibly rare syndrome which results in her not being able to gain weight. Her positive and bubbly attitude is endearing as she lets her achievements define who she is and not her syndrome.

Programming Your Mind for Success – Carrie Green

Carrie Green successfully launched the Female Entrepreneur Association, as a way to inspire and connect female entrepreneurs. In her talk she shares with us the struggles she faced along her journey and advices how to programme your mind for success.

365 Days of Thank You – Brian Doyle

Think about the people in your life who you appreciate and are grateful for, how often do you thank them for the role they play in your life? After a near deaf experience, Brian Doyle decides to practise gratitude for 365 days. He does this by saying thank you to one person every single day for the meaning and impact they have in his life.

The Power of Introverts – Susan Cain

We live in a culture where being outgoing is seen as essential, making it difficult to be an introvert. However, Susan Cain believes that introverts bring exceptional skills and abilities to the world and should be encouraged.

What are your favourite TED Talks or podcasts which inspire and encourage personal growth?

Laura x


  1. 24/04/2017 / 23:10

    Cheers to unstoppable info. Personal growth is important. Thanks for this post.

  2. 04/08/2017 / 00:10

    Great resources Laura, thanks for sharing. Think I’ve seen half of them already and need to watch the others.


    • 16/08/2017 / 09:22

      Thank you! I’ve found so many more inspiring Ted Talks since I published this post, I think I will share these on the blog as well 🙂 Thanks for pinning!

  3. 05/03/2018 / 17:44

    Ted Talks and podcasts are perfect to listen to on your commute. Also really good to listen to if you are working from home!

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