From dealing with spam to preventing burnout: The most popular TED Talks for entrepreneurs in 2016

Procrastination, bad habits and the burnout are the key themes tackled in the most popular TED Talks of 2016, with the world’s leading creatives and researchers explaining how to cope with the emotional challenges of business.

This week the public talks platform ranked its 10 most watched speeches of the year. Here are our top picks for entrepreneurs from the list.

This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch

Guaranteed catharsis for anyone who deals with inboxes full of scam offers, James Veitch offers a tale of coaxing a scammer into delivering him “gold” in a scheme that he is promised with make him rich.

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban

Have you spent this week staring out the window or reorganising your desk instead of covering off those last minute end of year tasks? Wait But Why? blogger Tim Urban asks why some tasks are so easy to put off until later.

The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant

The author of Originals, one of this year’s most popular books on entrepreneurship, speaks about his research into the qualities that define successful business people over the long term.

“The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says.

My year of saying yes to everything | Shonda Rhimes

The showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder talks about burning out after years of being responsible for $US350 million worth of television programming—and how she regenerated her interest in work through doing the things that scared her.

View the full list of top talks here.


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