By Glen Dalakian
Whether you think watching TED Talks during the workday is a distraction or an education, how can you not be captivated and mesmerized by such notable talks as Sir Ken Robinson’s dryly humorous discussion about why today’s schools kill creativity? Or brain expert Jill Bolte Taylor’s vivid recollection of experiencing a stroke, conscious and in a state of euphoria as she experienced her own brain shutting down?
As TechCrunch mentioned, notables such as Steve Jobs, Stephen Hawking, and Tony Robbins delve into diverse topics from accepting death and using it as motivation, to why humans do what we do, to exploring questions of the expansive universe. Among other bold and taboo topics, these Top 20 TED Talks blow the lid off our personal limits and urge creativity, limitless potential, and collaborative growth. TED has compiled the most-watched TED Talks since their availability online 6 years ago, including on TED.com, YouTube, iTunes, Hulu, and more.
Check out the list below and let us know which one has the most impact in your life. You’re allowed to say all of them.
- Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 13,409,417 views
- Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 10,409,851
- Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 9,223,263
- David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 7,879,541
- Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 7,467,580
- Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 6,879,488
- Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 6,050,294
- Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 5,444,022
- Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 4,966,643
- Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 4,763,038
- Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 4,706,241
- Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,658,425
- Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your genius (2009): 4,538,037
- Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 4,269,082
- Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 4,153,105
- Jeff Han demos his breakthrough multi-touchscreen (2006): 3,891,251
- Johnny Lee shows Wii Remote hacks for educators (2008): 3,869,417
- Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 3,847,893
- Mary Roach 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 3,810,630
- Vijay Kumar demos robots that fly like birds (2012): 3,535,340
To check out the 2011 list, click here.