Required Viewing: 13 Mind-Blowing & Unconventional TED-Talks You Can’t Miss

Written by Conni Biesalski. Follow me on Twitter.

//Are you prepared for this blogpost? Because this is one hell of a piece. This page is full of inspiration, motivation and fulfilled dreams. It’s packed with creativity, passion and remarkable lives in 13 different ways. It is here to let you know that there are no limitations to what you can do with your life. These guys down there are real. Each and every one of them. But they are no more real than you though. We all have it in us. So let’s do this.//

Did you know that there are already more than 10,000 TED and TEDx talks out there? Yeah, me neither until a minute ago. That’s a lot of ideas being spread by highly amazing and unconventional people. Wow.

So, guess what. I did my research for you, went through a lot of talks, as well as my own saved collection and am now presenting you with 13 crazy-inspirational talks by some damn unconventional  and non-conforming folks. Just bookmark this post and watch one every day. You never know, one of them might just change your life.

Have you read TED Talks’ mission statement yet?

“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”

So let’s be curious souls and engage with ideas and each other. Leave a comment, send me an email or contact one of the inspirational speakers today.


1. Chase Jarvis: Setting Your Ideas Free – The Grand Experiment

Chris is widely recognized for re-imagining, examining, and redefining the intersection of art and popular culture through still and moving pictures. He’s a brilliant visionary photographer, director, and social artist.  In this video, he shares his ideas about working through creative fears and setting your ideas free.


2. Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of Awesome

Neil Pasricha’s uses the power of blogging to spread a little optimism each day about the awesome things that make life worth living. His blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life’s simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome.


3. Charlie Hoehn: The New Way to Work

Charlie Hoehn is just 24 years old and has interned for Seth Godin, helped write and market the #1 New York Times bestseller, “The Four Hour Body”, and wrote the 30–page guide called Recession-Proof Graduate that’s been read more than 80,000 times, and is one of the top 10 most popular “career” Slideshares. In his talk, he disillusions some soon-to-be college graduates about the reality of the job world and gives unconventional real-life advice on how to make a difference out there.


4. Catherine Van Holder & Ine Dehandschutter: Digital Nomads is two thirty somethings’ experiment in lifestyle design to try and live like digital nomads, traveling while working remotely. During 2010, Catherine and Ine made a trip around the world, to 3 countries in particular, and set foot in several others. They did all this while working, questioning the current life templates they grew up with, believing in one meme: Don’t be rich, live rich! Girl power all the way. Just wowsers.


5. Shea Hembrey: How I Became 100 Artists

Shea is here to tell you that imagination is unlimited. You can be a 100 artists if you wanted to. He did it. He set up an entire international art show with himself and his 100 artistic identities. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of. Just wow.


6. Colin Wright: Extreme Lifestyle Experiments

Colin is a blogger, minimalist and serial entrepreneur, who travels to a new country every four months, based on his readers’ votes. In his talk he presents us with his inspirational story about how he arrived at experimenting with extreme lifestyles and what his life is like now. Gotta love Colin!!


7. Tim Ferriss: How to Feel Like the Incredible Hulk

We all know the 4-Hour Work Week, right? Well, productivity guru Tim Ferriss’ fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question — “What’s the worst that could happen?” — is all you need to learn to do anything.


8. Derek Sivers: Why You Need To Fail

Derek Sivers is best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians, with which he is changing the way music is bought and sold. In his short but great talk, Derek talks about the importance about why we need to make more mistakes. We’ve all got something we’d like to do, but are too scared to do.


9. Amber Rae: The Art of Being Unreasonable

Amber Rae is a creative catalyst and starter of meaningful things. She’s currently the chief evangelist of Seth Godin’s new publishing venture, The Domino Project. As you do, right. When she’s not spreading ideas and inspiring movements, she curates stories of change-makers and culture-shapers who take initiative at Check her out, man, strong woman ahead!


10. Jacke Nickell: Never Stop Making

Jake Nickell is the co-founder of custom t-shirt printer Threadless, a company that has built a business on crowd-sourced design. Jake has a passion for learning and making new things. He has a creative, geeky and unconventional mind that never stops.


11. Grant Blakeman: Minimalism – For a More Full Life

Grant is an independent designer, developer, and product guy from Boulder, Colorado. He builds shit. This little talk is about discovering the power of minimalism and how staying simple is actually more effective than overcomplicating something.


12. Gary Vaynerchuck: Do What You Love

Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library TV) gives a highly inspirational talk to dreamers and up-and-comers who face self-doubt. The Internet has made the formula for success simpler than ever, he argues. So there’s now no excuse not to do what makes you happy. (Yeah, he’s a big money-making capitalist, but he still rocks in his talks!)


13. Sean Bonner: Neo-Minimalism and the Rise of the Technomads

Popular culture tells us that the one who dies with the most toys wins. Acquiring things is seen as a sign of success and those with mass possessions are looked at with envy. But what if this is all backwards? What if the more you own, the more you become trapped by these possessions and the less free you become? What if we are buying and financing our own prisons? Sean explores these issues in his great talk. It’s sort of difficult to say what he does exactly. So go and check out his website.


Which one of these is your favorite TED talk? Do you have another awesome one to share with us? Please do so in the comments!!


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28 Responses to Required Viewing: 13 Mind-Blowing & Unconventional TED-Talks You Can’t Miss

  1. Katie says:

    Hi Conni! Found you via a comment on Reclaiming Wealth. This is an excellent post – a really stand-out valuable resource. And honestly, in the masses of lifestyle design blogs out there these days, it’s gotten hard for someone to write something that stands out like this. I’ll have to come back every day now for the next couple weeks, just to watch each of these videos. Keep up the good work.

    • Conni says:

      Wow, thanks so much, Katie!! Your comment just made my day! Glad you like this post, these guys are just brilliant.. When I was researching for it, I realised how there are hardly any valuable TED talk round up posts out there. The TED talk website’s search function also isn’t that great, I found. Someone needs to start a blog on that, it’s definitely a niche…

      (Reclaiming Wealth rocks, cool to be in touch with another reader!)

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  2. Rochelle R says:

    Thank you so much for this post Conni :) Very interesting post. I just came across your blog – I look forward to more posts. Have a good day.

  3. Tom Pinit says:

    Hi Conni, thanks so much for compiling these amazing TED talks from the 1,000+ out there! I can’t get enough of Neil’s talk, just so inspiring and heartfelt. I try to remember those 3 A’s everyday!

  4. Denise says:

    I watched/listened to every single one of these plus an extra one with Chris G. this afternoon while I painted. Great choices on your part. Really appreciate that you shared them.

  5. Katie says:

    Hey Conni, it’s taken me a while, but I finally got through all these videos, and I gotta say, the Jake Nickell one really resonated for me – best quote ever? ‘Innovation comes from amateurs.’ Probably have to pin that one to my wall. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Conni says:

      Well done, Katie, I hope you’re feeling super inspired and pumped up now ;)

      Great quote pick by Jake Nickell, love it!

      If you like, check this TED talk out – I watched it a couple of days ago and it sums up a lot of how I look at life, and besides, you cannot NOT watch it ;)

  6. Laur says:

    loved all of them!! thank you for taking the time to compile this list, truly inspirational and it confirms what i’m planning on doing :) :) brilliant

  7. Arina says:

    Thanks for a great collection! I love TED talks, evencompiled my own collection at

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