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For entrepreneurs, so much of the creative process that comes with building a product or leading a team comes from inspiration. And when people share deep personal experiences with a national (or even international) audience, inspiration abounds.

That’s why we asked 14 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) about their favorite TED talks for fellow startup founders.

Q. What’s your favorite TED talk for entrepreneurs and why? 

1. Gaming Can Make a Better World

Christopher PruijsenGaming Can Make a Better World” by Jane McGonigal is a great talk for any entrepreneur who wants a reminder of the importance of play in daily life. Video games, other forms of games and gamified systems can not only be great motivators, but also great educators. To realize the potential, we should embrace them.
Christopher Pruijsen, Sterio.me


2. Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

Jonathan BerkowitzI think “Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career” from Larry Smith is a brilliant discussion of what entrepreneurs go through when making the decision to build a new company. I believe it’s important for them to deeply understand risk, why they’re building their company and what outcomes are going to provide personal fulfillment.
Jonathan Berkowitz, Thinktiv


3. Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Vanessa Van EdwardsAmy Cuddy did groundbreaking research on how much your body language can not only change how others perceive you, but also how you perceive yourself in in “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.”
Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People


4. Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model

jordan fliegelI really admire Cameron Russell’s perspective on the modeling industry and her courage for talking about it publicly in “Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model.”- Jordan Fliegel, CoachUp


5. What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?

Sam SaxtonLooking to inspire meaning in your employees? Look to Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist, and his talk about experiments with LEGO blocks and motivation in “What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?
Sam Saxton, Salter Spiral Stair and Mylen Stairs


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About Young Entrepreneur Council

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.


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