Top 5 TED Talks for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

FreelancersAfter the popularity of the post, 5 TED Talks for Writing Inspiration, this week I’ve been doing some more watching, sifting and compiling.

Among all those inspirational and educational TED talks, I’ve selected the ones that speak most to freelancers and entrepreneurs either starting out, or already on, the journey towards independent success in their careers.

So, select your drink of choice and settle down for some ridiculously inspirational viewing…

1.  How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig

Because we all strive to know this, right?

2.  Why work doesn’t happen at work: Jason Fried

Because offices aren’t usually the best place to work…

3.  Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Because this changes everything…

4.  Rory Sutherland – Perspective Is Everything

Because it really is – everybody needs to to know how to ‘frame’ their offer. And because this guy’s funny…

5. Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Because you might need to motivate others one day…

6.  Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless

Because you never know when things might change…

It's my aim that at least one or two of these talks sets off something inside you that may change the way you think or do things for the better.

If you have any to add, please do so in the comments section below...

Image courtesy of longzijun via Flickr.


  • Paris Cumberlander

    Reply Reply September 2, 2014

    Being recently unemployed has made me take a new deeper perspective on my life. I use to write; take classes on writing and even be been asked to write small campaigns for different events in past at job. My desire is to write for a living. Of course I would love to get paid but writing for free is not out of the question either. Every morning I read websites a about “how to” but everything seems to stand out towards a person who either had some experience writing for a living in an office setting, and or who already has a website/blog in progress. I know this is not an easy process and not willing to give up on dream. Just would like to know where to start. I must mention I have read about asking non for profits if they need services ,I think that is a good idea. Also submitting to magazines or journals(short stories and or articles). Ps~ not afraid of rejections.. Would like feed back thanks.

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply September 3, 2014

      Hi Paris,

      It seems like you’re in an ideal position to learn how to make money from your writing. There’s plenty of demand these days for good, quality writers so your main challenge is finding the right clients for you and proving you can do the work. If you have little or no experience, it might be worth going through the stages on how to start a small portfolio from scratch – I outline this in my free eBook:

      I had no published writing experience nor had I started a blog when I quit my job to start a freelance writing career. It took a while but self-learning and taking action really paid off.

      All the best and let us know how you get on.

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