For entrepreneurs, learning never stops. The amount of knowledge an entrepreneur has would in turn rub off on the company, to either make or mar it.
So, from attending seminars/workshops, listening to experts in the field your business operates, reading books, networking with like minds, you stand a chance to learn a lot that can be brought into your business, to give it an edge.
One of the top ways you can also acquire knowledge while you run your business is by listening to TEDTalks and learning from the experiences of successful business people.
Here are a few business TEDTalks compiled just for you! Dive in and learn from experts.
The single biggest reason why startups succeed
This TEDTalk is a must-watch for every business owner.
Here, Bill Gross highlights reasons why some startups are more successful than others. As a serial entrepreneur and a mentor for other startups, Gross has had much experience in the business world. He’s seen great businesses fail and questionable businesses succeed, and this experience drove him to quantify exactly why these differences exist.
Gross measures each startup in terms of the strength of the idea, the timing of the company launch, the team leading the business, access to capital and the overall business model. What he found was that one factor led to success more than any other — and that’s timing.
8 Secrets of success
How did successful people get to be that way? Luck? Intelligence? Good old-fashioned hard work? Turns out, it’s none of those things.
In this talk, Richard St. John shares information gleaned from conversations with 500 extraordinarily successful people. He asked what helped them succeed, and distilled from their responses eight traits that all of them had. Want to see success in your life? Follow their path.
Falling all the way to success
Jason Njoku dubs himself a “certified failure” after his 10 failed entrepreneurship ventures landed himself back on his mother’s couch.
In this talk, he chronicles how he eventually found a winning idea and became the CEO and founder of Iroko Partners, a leading online distribution company focused on the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Want to Innovate? Become a “Now-ist”
If you need ideas or inspiration on how to hack your process and innovate faster, this TEDTalk is a must-watch.
Joichi “Joi” Ito, an entrepreneur and investor who leads the MIT Media Lab, explains how, in the wake of the 2011 earthquake that rocked Okuma, Japan, he and a team hacked a system for tracking the world’s radiation.
Bel Pesce: 5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams
This 2014 talk from Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce uses a clever bit of reverse psychology to help identify the habits that may be holding you back. It’s a must-watch if you’re struggling to complete ambitious projects or spending too much time talking about plans that never get executed.
“Life is never about the goals themselves. Life is about the journey,” Pesce says. “Yes, you should enjoy the goals themselves, but people think that you have dreams, and whenever you get to reaching one of those dreams, it’s a magical place where happiness will be all around. But achieving a dream is a momentary sensation, and your life is not. The only way to really achieve all of your dreams is to fully enjoy every step of your journey.”