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Learn 100 Lessons From 70 Hours of TED Talks in 5 Easy Minutes

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TED Talks are a thought-provoking, motivational way to glean wisdom from today’s top leaders in the fields of technology, entertainment and design. But there are so many of them, it can be tough to know where to start. It’s almost too much of a good thing, at times.

Fortunately, blogger Chris Bailey has done the work for you. He recently watched 70 hours’ worth of TED Talks (296 talks total) and distilled the 100 top lessons he learned in a Lifehack post. Grouped into categories like “Productivity” and “Being a Better Human,” his post is a great crib sheet for anyone who wants to gain some TED wisdom without putting in a ton of time. It also links each lesson to the talk(s) it came from so you can dig further if you’re intrigued.

Some of our favorite lessons:

13. The key to becoming more productive and successful may be to fail faster and smarter, especially if you do creative work.

23, 24, 25. Limits are bullshit. Some people choose to not be set back by limits, and at the end of the day, they’re the ones who end up giving TED talks. Like Neil Harbisson, who was born without the ability to see color, so he hacked together a device to hear color. Or Caroline Casey, who didn’t learn until she was 17 that she was legally blind. Or David Blaine, who pushed his body and mind to hold his breath for 17 straight minutes underwater.

35, 36, 37, 38, 39. 40, 41. There isn’t one secret to happiness, but there are a lot of small secrets that will move you in the right direction. Stay in the moment, and be mindful. Spend money on other people, rather than on yourself. Slow down. Take time to appreciate and see the good in what you have. Live a life that’s full of meaning in the short-and long-term. And change how you look at the past, present, and future.

72. It turns out you can use two slices of pizza as a slide clicker, make music with ketchup, and make a piano keyboard with a banana!

You can read the full article here.

What are your favorite TED talks? Share them with us in the comments!

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  • Barbara Mckinney

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing this article. My personal favorite is “What motivates a person the most (in non-factory-type work) is how much autonomy, mastery, and purpose they have, not how much money they make.”

  • Jim Kansas

    I love TED Talks! There is so much room for personal growth and random knowledge – I always feel smarter after an episode. Thanks for the article!