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Successful entrepreneurs know that in order to become the best business owner, leader and innovator possible, continuous learning and personal development is crucial – even through the many peaks an lulls in the entreprenurial journey. Many of the world’s most renowned leaders, from Oprah to Mark Zuckerberg have committed to the 5-hour rule, in which they allocate at least 5 hours in a week to deliberate learning and growth. The following TED Talks are less than 15 to 20 minutes and are packed with insights and stories that will not only expand your mind but inspire you in some of the moments that you may need them most.


Navi Radjou – Creative Problem-Solving in the Face of Extreme Limits

MOOD:  When you feel like you don’t have enough…

As a young entrepreneur just starting out, you’ll likely face problems for which you have little to zero resources and funding to solve. Navi Radjou talks about growing up in India and the innovations that he has found not in high-tech labs, but in the streets of developing countries in Africa, South America and Asia. His discovery: constraints can actually make you more innovative.


Maya Penn – Meet a young entrepreneur, cartoonist, designer, activist…

MOOD: When you feel like the outlier 

If you ever feel like you are too young, inexperienced or uneducated to start your own business, watch Maya Penn’s TED talk. Penn started her first business when she was 8 years old. A little more grownup in her talk, she discusses being an entrepreneur, cartoonist and an activist and reveals where great ideas really come from. Here’s a hint: A powerful mind isn’t the only source of innovative ideas that spark movements and change the world.

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