2015 may not be over just yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get your head on straight to hit 2016 running. TED Talks are the perfect place to get that boost of inspiration, knowledge, and science to get the blood pumping and keep the ideas coming. We’ve found 5 inspiring TED talks to make the most out of your 2016.

The Single Biggest Reasons Why Startups Succeed

Bill Gross takes the lessons learned from the a lifetime of founding companies and couples it with years of research to find out why some startups have succeeded while others have failed. Applying his 5 key factors for startup success to a variety of companies, Gross outlines he most important reason why startups succeed.

 

How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll be Stressed

Daniel Levitin is a Neuroscientist that speaks about the nature of stress and how beat it to the punch and using prospective hindsight look ahead, prepare, and minimize the damages of stress. It’s not enough to simply be prepared, but also to be properly prepared in the face of future stressful situations. It sounds simple right? Wait until he explains what questions you should prepare for your doctor. With the application of Levitin’s simple concept, you can find yourself better prepared and calm when it matters most.

 

The Happy Secret to Better Work

Shawn Achor goes in on the seemingly backward nature of the “greater success = happiness” equation. In order to truly maximize capacity, speed, and productivity and find greater success, it may be more important to get happy first in order to leverage your positivity to get the most out yourself and your company.

 

Why the Way We Think About Work is Broken

For Barry Schwartz, the entrepreneur is more than a job creator or font of ideas. Through the technology they build and the work they create, the entrepreneur is a chief designer for what we call Human Nature; how we live, why we work, and what humanity is capable of.

 

Design at the Intersection of Technology and Biology

For those of us who traffic in innovation, it’s easy to forget all of the amazing work nature has already done for us to study and repurpose in fantastic ways. In a presentation that seems more Tony Stark than TED, designer and architect Neri Oxman displays the fruits of her quest to merge design and biology, the synthetic and the organic to create in everything from buildings to clothing. Oxman and her team show the breadth of nature’s potential combined with the potential of unshackled human imagination with a mind toward improving humanity through design.

 

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