Books Inspired by TED Talks

astronautAn Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield – Popular social media guru and Canadian astronaut Hadfield has written a biography that includes the chapter covered in  his popular talk – “What I Learned From Going Blind In Space”.

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer – Palmer is a performance artist and musician who is married to author Neil Gaiman. She is perhaps best known for raising over one million dollars on Kickstarter to produce her own album, which she talks about in her book, an expansion of the topic of her talk “The Art of Asking”.

Before Happiness & The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor – A popular speaker on happiness and positivity, Achor’s books discuss using these traits to be more productive and successful which expands on his talk about “The Happy Secret to Better Work”.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live by Brene Brown – By now bestselling Brown is a household name for her pioneering research and publication on vulnerability and self-resilience. Watch the original talk “The Power of Vulnerability”.

The Etymologicon: : A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth – Take a walk through the history of the English language with the author. Quick pacing and enjoyable wit make this a fun read. You’ll find the same wit in his “What’s a Snollygoster” talk.

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy – Cuddy has spent years researching body language and its effects on self-confidence. She’s the one who popularized the idea of the power pose. Her book expands on her popular talk “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – Cain’s work not only recognized introverts but praised their unique qualities and why they are necessary in our society. Learn more about “The Power of Introverts”.

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek – Your organization – any organization – needs a driving purpose that it lives by. Sinek calls this the Why. The book was inspired by his popular Golden Circle concept covered in his talk called “How Leaders Inspire Action”.

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – Gilbert’s talk about the “Surprising Science of Happiness” is expanded in his book about how it may not be what we think that will make us the happiest.

What If: Serious Scientific Answers To Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe – Writer and illustrator of the popular xkcd webcomic, Munroe is also a former NASA scientist whose curiosity leads him to regularly ask and answer “What if…?”.


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