7 TED Talks on Money That’ll Help You Get Ahead Financially

You wouldn’t be alone if you’re finding it hard to stay ahead of the game with your finances. Thank goodness it’s so easy to find an excellent TED talk on money to inspire and motivate you.

Whether you’re attempting to earn more or just get your finances under control, a TED talk centered on personal finance can be the spark you need to light the fire of determination. So, if you’re feeling a little stuck and you’re ready to boost your enthusiasm, this list of TED talks on money will motivate you to work on bettering your financial situation, no matter the position you’re in right now.

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Know Your Worth, and Then Ask For It

When was the last time you asked for a pay rise?

Did you negotiate your salary or was your salary determined for you?

This TED talk will get you thinking about how much money you earn and if it is a representation of what you know you are worth or if it has been set by what someone else thinks you’re worth.

This becomes even more critical for those who work for themselves and set their own prices. So many people (women in particular) undervalue themselves, their skills and their worth which results in them undercharging for their time and/or services. I wonder, is that you, too?

Or click here watch it on YouTube.

One Life-Changing Class, You Never Took

Alexa Von Tobel is passionate about personal finance and her message is simple; start making smart financial decisions now to ensure a brighter future. Von Tobel claims that over 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Learn how the decisions you make affect your future and how to make better decisions. And, make a note of her ‘Five Money Principles to Live By’ and remind yourself of them every day.

Or, click here for the video on YouTube.

3 Psychological Tricks to Help You Save Money

Saving money can be hard? Despite our intentions, sometimes we just can’t break those habits that cause us to constantly spend more than we’d like. Wendy De La Rosa is not a budgeting or personal finance expert, she’s a behavioural scientist. And, you’re going to love her three (simple) techniques to help you spend less.

  1. Harness the power of pre-commitment
  2. Use transition moments to your advantage
  3. Manage small, frequent purchases

This quick TED talk on money might be just the insight you need to change the way you think about money.

Or, click here for the video on TED.

Saving for Tomorrow, Tomorrow

In this talk, Economist Shlomo Benartzi speaks about behavioural finance; the mix of psychology and economics in dealing with money. Benartzi states that approximately only one in TEN Americans are saving enough for the future. He discusses this problem and proposes and interesting solution.

Or, click here for the video on TED.

Let’s Get Honest About Our Money Problems

Talking about money is easy. Talking about money problems honestly and openly? Not so much. After her brother’s suicide, which was prompted by his money problems, Tammy Lally speaks about “money shame†and implores us to remove that shame and speak openly about money.

I won’t lie, this is an emotional video but don’t let that stop you. It’s a must watch.

Or, click here for the talk on TED.

Less Stuff, More Happiness

Want to avoid debt, a negative environmental impact and have less stress? Watch this!

In this short talk, Graham Hill talks about his project called Life Edited and his 420 square foot apartment in Manhattan. Graham gives a compelling argument for living in less space, with only the stuff you love and use so you’ll have a smaller footprint and spend much less money. And, you can make room for the good stuff in life.


  • Edit ruthlessly
  • Think small
  • Make multi-functional.

Or, click here for the video on TED.

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

And, finally, one of my all time favorite TED talks. Adam Baker asks, “what does freedom mean to you?”

Watch it and be inspired.

Or, click here to watch it on YouTube

Time to Challenge Yourself

Whatever your financial challenge might be; earning more, getting out of debt or saving for retirement, the only person who can make it happen is you.

Hopefully somewhere in these TED talks on money and person finance, you’ll find the insight or encouragement to make the change you need to.

The best time to start working on getting ahead financially is… TODAY!

Build a Life you Love

The absolute driving force behind my online endeavours is to establish and maintain a life I love. A life that allows me to spend my days the way I want to spend them.

After a short stint back in the corporate world, I’m more committed than ever to spend my days doing things that bring me joy and add real value to others’ lives.

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Online Store / eCommerce – Along with this and some of my other blogs, I have another business that includes an Etsy store and a Shopify store. Whether you’re selling stock you’ve purchased, dropshipping or selling your own handmade products, eCommerce is a great way to start an online business in your spare time. Shopify is a great platform to use as it’s intuitive and has lots of help available if you get stuck, and they have a ton of plugins to make it easy to get all of the features you want.

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