7 of the most inspiring TED Talks for entrepreneurial contractors

15th July 2016

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If you’re not familiar with TED Talks, they’re recorded live presentations that can range from any topic that can be fun, serious or downright sad. There’s no agenda and there are thousands to choose from – you can quite literally spend full days of your time watching video after video and not have moved.


Here at iContract we’re big fans of TED Talks, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite talks for people like us who are ambitious and entrepreneurial, and contractors who may manage their own teams.


Have a look at our selection below:   

1. How to get your ideas to spread– by Seth Godin

Marketing expert Seth Godin gave this talk a long while ago, but the core of the message still stands – even more so with the explosion of social media. Godin explains how and why interesting ideas hook us more than conventional ones.

2. The single biggest reason why startups succeed – by Bill Gross

In this TED Talk, we learn why it is that some startups succeed better than others. A serial entrepreneur and mentor for other startups, Gross has had much experience in the business world.


His variables include; the timing of the company launch, the strength of the idea itself, the team behind the business, their access to capital and overall business model.

 3. Embrace the near win – by Sarah Lewis

“Mastery is in the reaching, not the arriving. It’s in constantly wanting to close that gap between where you are and where you want to be.”


Inspiring words there from Sarah Lewis from this talk

According to Lewis, it is by harnessing these near wins that we can master a more fulfilling path.

 4. Why good leaders make you feel safe – by Simon Sinek

 By watching this video, you are filled with a certainty that leaders need to set the tone for the survival of those they manage. Sinek feels the business world is full of dangers – from the shifting stock market to the unstable economy – and it’s up to the leader to instill a sense of safety.

5. How to manage for collective creativity – By Linda Hill

This talk is perfect for entrepreneurs managing teams at the top who are trying to get the most out of their creative potential.


Hill examines the root causes for creative brilliance by exploring different tactics used by some of the world’s most creative, and respected, companies.


Creative thinking and theoretical problem-solving are some of the most important aspects of any company’s growth, and Hill tells the best way to incorporate these into everyday company culture.

6. Do what you love. (No excuses!) – by Gary Vaynerchuk

 We are offered something very simple this in this talk. Entrepreneurs are usually motivated by the likelihood of great revenue or are exhilarated at the prospect of owning and running their own ventures.


But to be truly prosperous, you have to love what you do. The premise behind this video is simple; you have to be in an industry that you truly care about and do the type of work you actually appreciate. Otherwise, you’ll never be gratified. 

7. Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits – by Navi Radjou

This TED Talk  is about problem-solving and minimalistic applications to achieve results. Radjou introduces the demands and advantages of extreme limitation when it comes to problem-solving.


Most startups have limited time, capital and resources and so this is perfect for them to learn how to get maximum results with minimal input. It seems tough, but it actually moves towards striving for greater innovation. When you’re down and out, with nothing to work with, watch this talk.

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