CF1864's Top TED Talks

I'm sure most of you have heard of TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), a collection of incredibly powerful talks, all available for free and covering a range of topics – from leadership, success and motivation, to deep sea creatures, spoken word poetry and magic tricks. The first TED conference was held in 1984 and its on-line iteration, TEDtalks, has been running since 2006. 

With so many talks and so many topics, TED can be quite daunting, so for your weekend enjoyment, Phil and I have put together a short list of our favourite TEDtalks. These have intrigued us, inspired us, made us laugh, and influenced the way we approach our day-to-day lives.


Sir Ken Robinson – Do schools kill creativity?

"Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity."

There is a reason this is the most popular TED talk of all time...


Diana Nyad - Extreme Swimming with the world's most dangerous jellyfish

Through an encounter with the world's most poisonous jellyfish (I'm already having nightmares), 60+ year old extreme distance swimmer Diana Nyad learns that it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. By the way, her journey is an attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida... that's a looooong way. 




Diana Nyad - Never Ever Give Up

Did you watch Diana Nyad's first talk? Pretty amazing, right?! Even more amazing is her later talk. At the age of 64, Diana Nyad completed her swim from Cuba to Florida, a task that many MANY people before her, of all ages and backgrounds, had attempted and failed to do, proving that age is nothing but a number and there is little that a solid mindset and support from your friends, family and a few experts(!), can't overcome.


John Wooden - The difference between winning and succeeding

We know that this is a bit obvious and that many of you have probably seen this before, but.... watch it again! No self-respecting CrossFitter's list of the best talks would be complete without this gem from John Wooden. With such eloquence, elegance and simplicity as to leave me speechless every time I watch it, Wooden explains the difference between winning and succeeding – contrary to popular belief, they're simply not the same thing.