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How Great Leaders Inspire Action

I just got back from Marie Forleo‘s business conference in New York, during which I experienced THE MOST inspiring talk I’ve ever heard: Start With Why by Simon Sinek.

It’s kind of hard to express in words why it was so moving, other than to say that by the time Simon finished his sermon, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Everyone had tears in their eyes.

Perhaps it’s true, as Simon explains, that the part of our brain that control emotions doesn’t control speech. Thus, when we truly feel something that clicks with our hearts, it’s hard to justify in words, or finding words that accurately expresses how we feel.

His talk has been watched over 2.6 million times on and is one of the 20 most-watched TEDTalks. However, the quality of that video on TED is disappointing. Here’s a version of the same video I found on YouTube (below) that’s of better quality.

Enjoy it!

Watch it even if you have no interest in being a leader in the traditional sense. After all, we are all leaders of our own destiny. The happier we can inspire ourselves to be, the happier the world will be for everyone else.

Check out the video and let me know your thoughts in the comment section. :)

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Tina Su is a mom, a wife, a lover of Apple products and a CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) for our motivational community: Think Simple Now. She is obsessed with encouraging and empowering people to lead conscious and happy lives. Subscribe to new inspiring stories each week. You can also subscribe to Tina on Facebook.

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9 thoughts on How Great Leaders Inspire Action

  1. Mark

    That was fantastic. I’ve been getting into TED videos over the past year using my Roku to stream them to my TV. Aside: I cut cable TV and now just stream stuff. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. And shockingly, even my kids agree!

    I love the TED videos. Lots of great stuff. This one by Simon Pinek, I have not seen yet.

    It’s one of the best I’ve seen so far. No tears in my eyes, however, it elicited a long, thoughtful, “Woooooooow. I need to watch that again.”

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s worth watching once a week until it completely sinks in and sticks with you. It might just hold the key to what I’m doing wrong in my efforts to get some flailing business things off the ground, and it seems like something that will help me look into my own motivations for what I’m doing in my personal life that so far have not been successful.

  2. Thanks for sharing this great video! Yes, who should always ask ourselves why and have a clear purpose and all else will fall in place, not the other way round. Constantly and keep asking why and remind ourselves of the purpose and reason why we are doing what we are doing!

  3. Love this. I saw it two years ago and it impacted me in a big way. Nothing like diagrams to make a point. You are so right. It sometimes cannot be effectively articulated, when you are so passionate about “the why”. Tina, thank you for being available to me nearly two years ago when I reached out. It was worth the money. My business is unfolding and I am doing EXACTLY what I should be doing. It’s such a feeling of gratitude and elation when you dream bigger than yourself. I hope everyone in this life is able to experience, in their own way, what it means to do the very thing you are born to do! Start With Why + let it unfold!

  4. Inspiring video.

    The Why comes before the How and What.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great video, I havent been across that one before!

  6. Great post. Thanks for sharing this video – gave me a lot of ideas

  7. “After all, we are all leaders of our own destiny” – true! I think that “why” is not only important for people who want to become leaders, but for all of us. It’s way easier to achieve your goals when you have your “why” (freedom, idea, health etc.), your passion for the outcome.

  8. As I find my inner voice this gives me great insight. Thank you.

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