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How Blinkist Gives You a Dose of Inspiration Just Like The World’s Best TED Talks

Are you trying to go after your dream job? Want to know the secret to a long, happy life? Do you want to make your 2022 goals a reality? Just like a good TED Talk, the Blinkist app gives you the power to unlock your full potential.
by Rob Gillham | Jan 7 2022

A good TED talk can alter worldviews and spark life-changing inspiration. They force us to consider big questions like, how do I motivate myself when times are tough? What makes a great leader? And, how can I find happiness? Many of the best TED talks have a moment that just makes us go, “wow!”

However, a 20-minute motivational speech doesn’t start out that way. Instead, they are the product of the creator’s years of writing, thinking, and learning. The same can be said for a powerful nonfiction book like Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, which was based on the 20 lectures from an undergraduate world history class he taught at his university.

Just like with TED talks, you can get the powerful ideas from the Blinkist app to spark life-changing inspiration from a nonfiction book like Sapienswhich would take the average reader 8 hours to read— in just 19 minutes.

Or take the hit productivity book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, with its powerful ideas brought to you in just 15 minutes.

In the same way that a TED talk is the culmination of the creator’s thoughts and ideas into a powerful 20-minute speech, Blinkist gathers the “wow!” moments from nonfiction books and crafts them into 15-minute reads and listens.

There are over 5000 nonfiction titles and over 650 Shortcast episodes to choose from across 27 categories, including entrepreneurship, psychology, and productivity. These bite-sized explainers give you everything you need to know about a book in a fraction of the time it takes to read it cover to cover.


Watching a TED talk can be the perfect source of inspiration for taking the steps toward living your best life. Whether you’re a college student trying to plan for the future, or a curious knowledge seeker, the Blinkist app has explained the nonfiction works from some of the most inspirational TED speakers of all time.

“As a concept and an investment opportunity, Blinkist offers something genuinely unique. The company presents an exciting model that defines and spearheads a whole new category of self-development. […] We only want to work with the brightest and most ambitious teams, and we know that Blinkist and its founders share our vision for making a positive, global impact.”
– Harley Miller, Vice President at Insight Venture Partners, Blinkist Investor.

So, what are you waiting for? Get inspired with these powerful ideas from Blinkist!

Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica

Creativity Expert Sir Ken Robinson challenged the methods of educating our children by championing a radical rethink of how our school systems cultivate creativity in order to acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Just like his TED talk, the explainer pack of his 2015 book Creative Schools breaks down his powerful ideas to explain every aspect of education, from its history to the essential needs of students. Learn how people can help kids get the schooling they need to succeed in a changing world.

The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit by John V. Petrocelli

John Petrocelli’s mindblowing TED talk revealed the consequences of BS. When we understand its causes, he argues, light is shed on detecting this pollutant in our interpersonal atmosphere.

The Blinkist break-down for his book The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit pulls real-world examples to help you build critical thinking habits – enabling you to recognize and resist the pile of false information that permeates society.

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Want a fast-paced and hilarious TED talk? Psychologist Shawn Achor’s got you covered in his 2011 talk where he argues that happiness inspires more productivity.

Dive deeper and discover the origins and effects of happiness with the powerful insights Blinkist extracted from his book The Happiness Advantage. Based on extensive research in positive psychology, his work offers concrete tips on how to increase your satisfaction and thus your chances for success.

We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee

The last five years of politics, division, and debate have shown us all that we need to work on our communication skills as a species. Celeste Headlee worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the secrets of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity, and a healthy amount of listening.

In her 2015 TED talk, she shared ten practical satisfaction rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”

The Blinkist explainer for her book from 2017 We Need to Talk walks you through the art of good conversation – a vital but often undervalued skill. It shows how effective conversation leads to more meaningful relationships and a greater understanding of other people. The book also offers advice on how to improve your conversation skills.

A Book Explained in 15 Minutes

How does Blinkist break down a nonfiction book into an explainer as short as a TED talk? Blinkist’s team of expert researchers, writers, and editors pull out only the most essential information in a book. This includes key takeaways, actionable advice, exciting case studies, and entertaining anecdotes.

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