10 TED Talks to Encourage Personal Growth

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

TED: How do you get on the road to being happier? Start by setting your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than usual and not hitting the snooze button. The effort required to leave that warm bed and enter the world is the same amount of effort needed to shake up your life and make that elusive change. In this humorous and provocative talk, Mel Robbins explains how turning off our brain’s autopilot and demolishing our comfort zones is key to a rewarding life.

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

TED: Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

Why Thinking Your Ugly is Bad for you – Meaghan Ramsey

TED: About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt 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

TED: When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)

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

TED Born with a rare disorder that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie Velasquez has faced more negativity and bullying than most. Over time, she’s developed a simple but effective coping mechanism. “Tell me those negative things,” she says. “I’m gonna turn them around and use them as a ladder to climb up to my goals.” In this funny, personal talk, Lizzie shares her story – and the tools to help people reject hateful perspectives while embracing self-definition.

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

TED: In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

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!

  4. 25/10/2018 / 20:00

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for sharing these. I particularly like Susan Cain’s talk, especially with being an introvert myself as the advice is so relatable. I need to check out Carrie Green’s TED Talk as if it’s anywhere near as good as her book (She Means Business), then it’s undoubtedly worth watching. Thanks for the recommendation!


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