5 Real Estate TED Talks for Current and Potential Investors

As a real estate investor, knowledge is power. Knowledge can come in the form of market statistics, mastering the ins and outs of mortgage regulations or just knowing how to push yourself further. In this article, we identify five TED Talks real estate investors can benefit from. These talks range from scientific to motivational, all with the aim of helping you elevate yourself as an investor and businessperson.

Design Your Dream Life Through Passive Income - Alex Szepietowski 

After realizing the corporate world wasn’t for him, Alex turned to real estate investing. Over a few years he was able to amass a real estate portfolio of $4.88 million (USD) by going against the crowd. His TED Talk for real estate investors explores how to take steps to design your perfect life. As a real estate investor, income through rental properties is a great way to build recurring, passive income.

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - Angela Lee Duckworth




When Angela transitioned from management consulting to becoming a 7th-grade math teacher, she had the realization that IQ wasn’t the only factor for being successful. Then, while going back to school for her Master's degree, Angela started doing studies on what truly makes people successful. Studies have shown that grit is the most telling factor of whether someone will be successful. Learn more in this short and inspiring talk.

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How Great Leaders Inspire Action - Simon Sinek 

With nothing more than a marker and a flipboard, Sinek put together one of the most popular TED Talks for real estate investors in 2009. He challenges us to not only think about what we do, by why we do it. Understanding your “why” will help you define why you are motivated by real estate investing.

The Battle Between Your Present and Future Self - Daniel Goldstein 

In this talk, Daniel Goldstein discusses discipline and how to achieve your goals through acknowledging what the future version of yourself would want. People are always battling their present self against their future self, and to make better decisions we need to find investments that can appease us adequately today and in the future. This is highly applicable to real estate, as it’s often easy to focus on one single factor and forget to see the forest over one tree.

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8 Secrets to Success - Richard St. John 

An acclaimed speaker, poet, and author, Richard St. John interviewed more than 500 people over the course of seven years to find out "the secrets to success." This TED Talk is short (3 minutes), but is action-packed with tips and quotes from successful people. If you’re looking to become a successful real estate investor, these tips will resonate with you.

Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink

When retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink talks, you listen. In Willink’s discussion, he delves into the intensity of war and how it pulls back the curtain on the worst and best parts of humanity. This talk is intense, gritty and very honest. Jocko tells a story of human mistakes, bad luck and how on one day in 2006 he was involved in a battle that turned wrong with friendly fire. Though mistakes were made by everyone under Jocko’s command, when push came to shove, Jocko took complete responsibility for everything. He did that because great leaders take responsibility.

This TED Talk teaches you as a leader in business, everything that happens in your organization is your responsibility. This is especially relevant since savvy real estate investors must establish a go-to team of partners and experts in order to efficiently scale their portfolios. You are the CEO of your real estate investing “company,” so to speak. So whether you have two investment properties or 20, having the mentality of a leader is important. 


Ultimately, investing in yourself through material like this will help you inside and outside on your real estate investing journey. 

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