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11 of our Favorite Financial TED Talks

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Julie O'Bryan  |  11-20-17 | 2:16pm

If you’re like me, then you can’t get enough of TED Talks. Their website and YouTube channel have thousands of videos on hundreds of topics. There is always something for everyone and their speakers are always so great and inspiring.

I have handpicked eleven of my favorite financial TED Talks that anyone struggling with money or a satisfied life can benefit from. Here are some of the best TED Talks out there, on topics such as personal finance, minimalism and making the decisions best for you.

 Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow

Economist Shlomo Benartzi discusses the challenges with saving money right now. He delves into why people are not saving enough for the future and examines the money mistakes people make to turn them into solutions.

One life-changing class you never took

Entrepreneur Alexa Von Tobel is known as a personal finance expert and discusses in this talk how not enough people have been formally educated in finances. She is on a mission to make sure more people understand their finances and how financial decisions early on can affect your life for years to come.

Financial Literacy

President of her own investment company, Mellody Hobson uses her own background as inspiration to educate people on financial literacy and how to make the best decisions for their situation.

Change the Way You Think About Money

In this talk, Renaissance man Preet Banerjee offers a new perspective on how we think about money, especially when it comes to debt. Debt used to be considered taboo and now it is commonplace. Banerjee wants us to get back to the mindset that debt is undesirable and urges us to make small changes in our perspectives.

The battle between your present and future self

In this talk, Daniel Goldstein discusses how the decisions made in the present affect the future and provides tool to help envision our future selves. He explains how in the present we do not want to save, but how we have to stop neglecting the future and make better saving decisions.

Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Cameron Herold believes it is a missed opportunity to take kids with entrepreneurial traits and groom them to be such. He says everyone wants their kids to be a doctor or a lawyer, but not enough see the benefit in them being entrepreneurs. Herold also discusses the types of money habit to discuss with our children.

Why we’re unhappy – the expectation gap

Economist and entrepreneur Nat Ware talks about the gap between expectations and reality and how in many cases it can lead to unhappiness. He discusses how the answer isn’t to lower expectations, but to change how we make decisions.  

Less stuff, more happiness

Writer and designer Graham Hill in this talk begs the question: Can less stuff, in less room, make us happier? He discusses editing your life and why he thinks the answer to that question is yes. He urges us to think more about what we buy, its utility and how long it will last us.

Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love.

In this talk, Adam Baker uses his own story to discuss his idea of freedom: financial freedom, freedom from clutter, freedom to what he wants to do. He wants to share his family’s ups and downs to help and inspire others. Baker is the proof that all the hard work and struggles are worth it in the end.

A rich life with less stuff

Authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, also known as The Minimalists, discuss living a rich life. Not a life with a lot of money or a lot of personal property, but rather a life that is rich in experiences and things that can truly make people happy.

The less you own, the more you have

In another minimalism talk, Angela Horn discusses downsizing and how decluttering your life can have a positive influence on the amount of money you can save, the time you have to do the things you love, and the stress that comes with day to day life.

I hope these fantastic TED Talks offer you a little bit of insight into a better future, financially and otherwise. Feel free to share your favorite talks with us, as well, we are always on the lookout for great ones.


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