I hope you enjoy what I’ve prepared for you and that these materials may be as useful to you as they were to me.
I’ve watched the following videos more times than I can remember. None of them is short, some are almost 1-hour videos, but I believe all are life changing, whether because they are inspiring or because they present you a more comprehensive perspective of the world.
Simon Sinek – Start With Why – TED Talk Short Edited
Simon Sinek is leading a movement to build the world in which the vast majority of us are inspired by the work we do. Millions have already seen his video on TED.com about the importance of knowing why we do what we do. Start with Why takes the concept even deeper.
Any person or organization can explain what they do; some can explain how they are different or better, but very few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not about money or profit – those are results. WHY is the thing that inspires us and inspires those around us.
From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Steve Jobs to the Wright Brothers, Start with Why shows that the leaders who inspire all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way – and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does.
Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life, and Leadership
During a student-led interview at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Oprah Winfrey shares seminal moments of her career journey and the importance of listening to your instincts. Winfrey also offers advice to students on how to find their calling: “Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.
Steve Jobs at 2005 Stanford Commencement Address: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
Probably one of the best speeches you will ever see. An amazing piece of art that was once again brought to us by Steve Jobs. In spite this video was already seen by more than 50 million people, I had to place it on this list. If you’ve never watched it, please do not miss this chance.
Alexis Ohanian at Tools for Entrepreneurs: Making Something People Love
Renowned entrepreneur and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian will inspire you to think of unique ways to connect with your customers, and to build a community of users who want your business to succeed. In this class, you’ll learn some key branding, marketing, and user experience principles, plus speciﬁc tactics and strategies that you can use to create a company people love.
John C. Maxwell – “The Rule of 5 to Lifting your Lid”
This is an amazing video in which John C. Maxwell details what it takes to master anything in life. You can correlate it pretty much with momentum. He also introduces one major concept called “Lid”. As John will explain you, the higher is your Lid, the higher is your potential to lead. It’s fascinating, give it a look.
Steve Blank: How to Build a Great Company, Step by Step
Join Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur-turned-educator Steve Blank in a lively discussion with Dan’l Lewin of Microsoft. This program will introduce best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world, offering a wealth of proven advice and information for entrepreneurs of all stripes. Hear about a tested and proven Customer Development Process, helping get it right –and how to “get, keep, and grow” customers.
Elon Musk: How I became the real ‘Iron Man’
“Bloomberg Risk Takers” profiles Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, built America’s first viable fully electric car company, started the nation’s biggest solar energy supplier, and may make commercial space travel a reality in our lifetime.
The 21 Golden Rules of Entrepreneurship – A real life fable by Jason Nazar
Jason Nazar, co-founder and CEO of Docstoc, revisits his undergrad alma-matta to tell about his journey as an entrepreneur and talk about his philosophy of the 21 Golden Rules of Entrepreneurship.
Michael Porter: Strategy
Professor Michael Porter of Harvard University’s School of Business discusses competitive strategy and the role it can play in solving the world’s challenges.
Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last
In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”
Simon Sinek: How to Get People to Follow You
Simon’s lessons on leadership ring true, not only because he spent the better part of a decade systematically studying leaders, but because his transition from marketing consultant to evangelist for global change came as a result of a personal crisis. Having fallen out of love with the very company he created, he turned a bout with depression into a revolution of the self that has helped him become one of the most impactful voices in the world of leadership.
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