If you're reading this blog post, chances are you already know about the value of TedTalks, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
These 5 videos are sure to inspire, inform, and provide insight into your work in the baseball industry. Be inspired. Be challenged. Be empowered.
5 TedTalks For Every Successful Baseball Coach
1. ULTRA-ENDURANCE: Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?
When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.
2. PERFECTION + FAILURE: We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure
Sometimes trying your best isn't enough; when the situation demands it, you need to be perfect. Jon Bowers defines perfection: "a willingness to do what is difficult to achieve what is right," that he looks to achieve. He explains why we should all be equally diligent about striving toward perfection in everything we do, even if it means failing along the way.
3. POWER OF CONNECTION: Every kid needs a champion
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
4. SPEAKING POWERFULLY: How to speak so that people want to listen
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
5. COACH JOHN WOODEN: The difference between winning and succeeding
With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.
Did any of these talks inspire or challenge you? We'd love to hear what you think! Feel free to comment below with your thoughts and impressions.