As a financial advisor, it’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day activities, working IN your business instead of ON your business. But making an effort to help grow yourself personally and professionally cannot fall at the wayside. Taking charge of your personal and professional development will enable you to strengthen your business throughout your career.
Whether it be engaging in private or workshop coaching, or simply attending a lunch & learn, reading articles, subscribing to blogs, or watching short videos/lectures that challenge you, and force you to expand your thinking and potential. You should never become complacent or comfortable about skill acquisition and knowledge.
TED Talks, TED.com’s, most popular content through social media, shakes up the traditional thinking on personal and professional development, by designing a platform of relatively short videos from the most engaging and brilliant speakers around the world. The TED Talks library is stacked with over 1,800 videos, so if you’re in the mood for something that will heighten all your senses, keep you thinking, challenged, curious, and informed, these talks will do the trick!
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), a nonprofit organization that first began as a single conference in 1984, has now transformed into a global community, spreading the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives. Since 1984, TED’s global presence has become so powerful they’ve been interrupting all facets of communication channels. More specifically, their digital existence is it’s own self-sustaining entity, a “clearinghouse of free knowledge”, with millions of views to TED.com year after year.
The votes are in! And the ClientWise Team has compiled our favorite, most inspirational and funniest TED Talks yet! Here are our TOP 9:
1) Chyna’s Pick (Digital Community Manager): Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work
In the mood to laugh and be intellectually challenged at the same time? This is the video for you, and my personal favorite! Shawn Achor, a Psychologist and the CEO of Good Think, Inc., keeps you engaged and continuously laughing in this entertaining talk in which he intersects and later relates human potential to happiness and success.
“90 percent of your long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world, but by the way your brain processes the world. And if we change it, if we change our formula for happiness and success, what we can do is change the way that we can then affect reality. What we found is that only 25 percent of job successes are predicted by I.Q. 75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.”
2) Joe’s Pick (Digital Marketing Coordinator ): Malcolm Gladwell: The Unheard Story of David and Goliath
In the mood for a twist on a familiar tale? Malcolm Gladwell, a New Yorker staff writer, is far from mundane in his interpretation of a classic underdog tale. This thought-provoking lecture will challenge your thinking, perceptions and assumptions.
“David says, “I want to fight Goliath,” and Saul tries to give him his armor, because Saul is thinking, “Oh, when you say ‘fight Goliath,’ you mean ‘fight him in hand-to-hand combat,’ infantry on infantry.” But David has absolutely no expectation. He’s not going to fight him that way. Why would he? He’s a shepherd. He’s spent his entire career using a sling to defend his flock against lions and wolves. That’s where his strength lies.”
3) Sophia’s Pick (Director of Coaching Services): Clint Smith: The Danger of Silence
What if tomorrow morning, you woke up and you couldn’t speak? You went to the doctor and was told that you’d never be able to speak again? Clint Smith, a poet and an educator, performs this powerful and inspirational piece on why the inabilities to express yourself will inhibit forward movement both personally and professionally. If you’ve never heard of slam poetry, this short video will definitely get you hooked. Poetry slam styles give traditional poetry reciting a run for its money!
“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t. Silence is the residue of fear.”
4) John’s Pick (Relationship Manager): Daniel Goldstein: The Battle Between Your Present and Future Self
In the mood to master your decision making abilities about your present and future self? Daniel Goldstein, a Behavioral Economist and Psychologist, keeps your eyes glued to this video by showing you the tools he’s created to help you imagine yourself overtime so you can make the most appropriate decisions for your future.
“So why do we need commitment devices? Well resisting temptation is hard, as the 19th century English economist Nassau William Senior said, “To abstain from the enjoyment which is in our power, or to seek distant rather than immediate results, are among the most painful exertions of the human will.” If you set goals for yourself and you’re like a lot of other people, you probably realize it’s not that your goals are physically impossible that’s keeping you from achieving them, it’s that you lack the self-discipline to stick to them.”