• Kyle OConnor

End The Year With 3 Of My Favorite Ted Talks

2019 is ending.

I'm sure you are all ready to rock in 2020. While resolutions are great, I also encourage you to review your past year mentally, or even with a pen and paper. Highs. Lows. The whole thing.


Personally, I also watch these three Ted Talks to end each year.



This one is probably my favorite. It's Malcolm Gladwell telling the untold story of David & Goliath, which was the main focus of his book David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits & The Art Of Battling Giants - which I HIGHLY recommend.


I've met so many people over the years that have the same main issue when it comes to religion and more often in my case, Christianity - they have trouble wrapping their head around it in realistic ways. That's why I love this Ted Talk.


WATCH: THE UNHEARD STORY OF DAVID & GOLIATH - MALCOLM GLADWELL



This next one, I watch every quarter.


Tim Ferriss is one of my favorite authors and podcast hosts. He tells the story of the time he was near suicide and what led him out of it. Instead of setting goals, he does an exercise called fear setting. It's well worth the watch and it may be something you pick up.


Tim has written numerous best sellers. But my favorite are the two that consist of short life advice from the best in the world, called Tools Of Titans and Tribe Of Mentors. These two books are the ones I give most often as gifts. They are in bite size format so you can work on them over a long stretch of time. I've put an unreal amount of information from those books into my daily life.


WATCH: WHY YOU SHOULD DEFINE YOUR FEARS INSTEAD OF YOUR GOALS - TIM FERRISS



Lastly, one I recently discovered.


This one is Johann Hari talking about depression and anxiety and a different way to tackle it. I appreciate that unlike some others on this topic, he does not dismiss the need and logic of taking medication - he simply points out other ways that have shown to be effective and are incredibly simple to add into your everyday life.


I have major OCD and am an extremely anxious person, I found this really helpful. This talk was related to the release of his book, Lost Connections.


WATCH: THIS COULD BE WHY YOU'RE DEPRESSED OR ANXIOUS - JOHANN HARI