Top 10 YouTube Channels for Transformation and Personal Development In 2018

Syd Salmon
Contributing Writer

Do you want to make 2018 your best year ever?

If yes, you can’t do what you’ve always done and expect to get different results.

Here are my Top 10 YouTube channels for transformation and personal development. Learn from the best. Just remember – transformation doesn’t start until you start taking action!


Rank Icon Channel Subscribers Most Popular T&PD Video Views
10 GaryVee 850K 6 Mins For The Next 60 Years Of Your Life 1.5M
9 FightMediocrity 863K The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Animated 5.4M
8 Evan Carmichael 898K Steve Jobs’s Top 10 Rules For Success 4.5M
7 Mateusz M 965K Why Do We Fall 53.1M
6 Be Inspired 1M Prove Them Wrong 15.4M
5 Big Think 2M The ‘40 Percent Rule’: Overcoming Mental Barriers 5.7M
4 The School of Life 2.8M Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can 2.8M
3 Charisma on Command 1.2M 3 Jokes That Make People Instantly Like You 4.4M
2 TED 7.9M Speak so that people want to listen 14M
1 TEDx Talks 8.9M My philosophy for a happy life 25M


TED and TEDx are number one in terms of YouTube subscribers and Views. But that’s not why they are number one on my list. They are number one on my list because they’ve had the most impact on my life. I don’t think I would have started doing personal development work without watching Brené Brown’s talks The power of vulnerability and listening to shame more times than I care to admit.

If you’re not familiar with Ted Talks, they feature some of the best thinkers and practitioners in the world. Then they boil down what is usually a one – or two-hour speech into an 18-minute (or less) talk that distills the essence of the author’s big idea.
You can find a talk that speaks to any challenge in your life.

Learn from the best of the best. There’s a reason that TED and TEDx are number one and two.

Your relationships are the most important part of your life. Yet navigating relationships can feel like you’re crossing a field full of landmines — blind. Charisma on Command and deconstructs the complex ities of human relationships. It breaks it down and makes the complex simple. It feeds you information in bite-sized chunks so that you can take immediate action. This channel will help you be more charismatic and confident so that you can put your best foot forward in any situation.

Sometimes, I just need to get my head out of my ass so that I can get out of my own way.

My greatest power kicks-in when I get out of my head and connect with my heart and emotions. This is where Mateusz M’s channel shines. It’s short form and it cuts to your emotional core. Plus, it’s a not-for-profit channel.

Search YouTube Like A Pro

Did you know that YouTube is more than a video playing channel? It’s also the world’s second-largest search engine. Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, owns YouTube.

If you spent any time on YouTube you know that there’s a search bar at the top of the page. It’s great for finding anything in the YouTube universe.

Here’s what you might not have known. Each channel has its own mini search engine. Just click on the magnifying glass to the right of the about section of the channel and search to your heart’s content.

Stay tuned for the runner-ups. The next 10 channels also feature life-transforming content. Don’t forget to subscribe to your favorite YouTube channels. As great as YouTube’s search capabilities are, why search when you can have the best content come straight to you?


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