How to become more confident -- lay down on the street for 30sec | Till H. Groß | TEDxDonauinsel

  • Published on Oct 6, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Till talks about how he overcame many of his own fears and how everybody can step out of their comfort zone. It all started with Till lying down on the floor in a public place. And it resulted into a world wide movement called "Comfort Zone Crusher". Till explains his psychological concept of comfort zone crushing and how it helps so many people to tackle their fears.
    Till H. Groß … wildly crushes comfort zones.

    As soon as Till finished high-school he took his education in his own hands. After reading the whole psychology section of the small town library in his city, he set out to personally meet the authors of the books that thrilled him. In 2011 he started to consciously seek out the best psychologists, therapists and coaches all over Europe in order to learn from them. Having the best teachers possible enabled him to give talks throughout Germany at the age of 19, hold a guest lecture at the University of Vienna at age 20 and conduct his own seminars, found a startup and work as a coach at the age of 21. Now he’s helping hundreds of people all over the world to tackle their fears and step out of their comfort zone.
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  • Ayuwok i
    Ayuwok i 4 days ago

    Close your eyes and you imagine a Asian talking

  • Berke Uslu
    Berke Uslu 7 days ago

    I'm sorry but you are so hard to listen.

  • Skye Jamaya
    Skye Jamaya 14 days ago

    Awesome video!

  • Dlala Ahmed
    Dlala Ahmed 15 days ago

    Almost got arrested looool

  • Xena Cuevas
    Xena Cuevas Month ago

    I was afraid to smile in the bus & afraid someone would attack me or hate me for smiling, I took your advice even though I felt this imaginary punch coming to me.. Realized most people weren't even looking at me straight in the face and much lesss seemed bother by my smile, it is still pretty scary but will keep doing it over and over since it is not only the smile but rather looking up instead of down like shying away

  • John Doe
    John Doe Month ago

    Yes, how brilliant. Everyone can now get a schizophrenia diagnosis just by listening to genius advice on TED talks.

  • đức võ trọng
    đức võ trọng Month ago

    nice talk, learned a lot of things

  • sonny zano
    sonny zano 2 months ago


  • Gurmeet Singh
    Gurmeet Singh 2 months ago +1

    I never don't think what others think about me

  • m
    m 2 months ago

    I really enjoyed your enthusiasm & courage in sharing your experiences & helping us get out of our comfort zones. It really is important & builds confidence :) I walk backwards & sideways at the park or on my way to work. It's interesting how many people just look at me or simply walk by with no comment. It's fun!

    TUFF GONG GB 2 months ago


  • Ethan Covaci
    Ethan Covaci 3 months ago

    I like to shadow box on the streets lol

  • Luke Leatherdale
    Luke Leatherdale 4 months ago

    The fear response being in the automatic nervous system, which we cannot control, is scary in itself! So basically if you feel fear, there are certain automatic physiological responses which you can do nothing about?

  • Rana Sami
    Rana Sami 4 months ago

    Well said...

  • niranjan reddy
    niranjan reddy 5 months ago

    Thanks. Noted this “ Lot of unhappiness comes to you when you start comparing with other people “

  • Tory Z
    Tory Z 5 months ago

    So basically to summarize this video practice behavioural therapy

  • max 10
    max 10 5 months ago

    i am lucky i ended up here till!

  • Vasanth Kumar Kumar
    Vasanth Kumar Kumar 7 months ago


  • Meryem Ait lahyane
    Meryem Ait lahyane 7 months ago

    My first comment ever ! Went out my conforte zone. Like plz

  • Tickle star
    Tickle star 7 months ago +3

    comfort zone challenge for me -
    1) Answer a question in class
    2) Showing up in practical with calmness.
    3) To speak in front of people like speech in interesting topics.
    4) Doing madness everyday

  • Tickle star
    Tickle star 7 months ago

    I like his accent it's so cute 😘😘😘

  • Tickle star
    Tickle star 7 months ago

    I like his accent it's so cute 😘😘😘

  • flower love
    flower love 7 months ago

    You're wonderful Till, you moved me to move!

  • Stanlaire
    Stanlaire 8 months ago

    this video changes my life, Now i'm a pro!

  • Leonardo Sevilla
    Leonardo Sevilla 8 months ago


  • Jana Sokolová
    Jana Sokolová 8 months ago

    Very inspiring speech, lets start tomorrow :)

  • Кристиян Григоров

    Is this working ? :D

  • Reda Kamel
    Reda Kamel 9 months ago

    Sooo great talk .. i think it is gonna help me a lot to overcome my fears ^ ^

  • Saurabh Lonkar
    Saurabh Lonkar 9 months ago

    comfort zone challenge....was he discoverer of blue whale game....?

  • iiLegend_27
    iiLegend_27 9 months ago +1


  • Mohamed Lakhyar
    Mohamed Lakhyar 9 months ago

    Good idea ..

  • Matthius Hanna
    Matthius Hanna 10 months ago

    HI Till wie gehts dir? Ich bin ein mega Fan von dir, und habe auch eine 100 Tage Ablehnungschallenge hinter mir :) Wollte mal fragen ob du das immer noch machst,da ich nix im internet finde...
    Bitte um kurze Antwort
    Beste grüße

  • Mavisss K
    Mavisss K 10 months ago

    Before it got started I had to watch those looong eds. WTF?!

  • adjfo
    adjfo 10 months ago

    I've always wanted to go to a karaoke by myself but I haven't...

  • rahul ajayan
    rahul ajayan 10 months ago

    This time nobody can say "there is no proof".. Because he did it and people did it... And I'm doing it now....

  • Subash Neupane
    Subash Neupane 10 months ago

    This guy is so charming, attractive....

  • Kamilė Kakariekienė
    Kamilė Kakariekienė 11 months ago

    Thank you! Awesome video! It has just encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone!

  • suraj amom
    suraj amom 11 months ago

    Awesome !!!!!!!!

  • Rabiet
    Rabiet 11 months ago

    MOm's SPagHetTI

  • demigod charles
    demigod charles 11 months ago

    7:42 that mouth is daydreaming somewhere hhmmmm

  • Mushiat
    Mushiat Year ago

    Oh, you were that weird guy on the ground while I was waiting for my train.

  • bob porter
    bob porter Year ago

    Nice to see a ted talk comment zone where the girls aren't derping out over the guy being cute.

  • Take Action Today
    Take Action Today Year ago +1

    I'm doing lots of challenges on my channel right now! who is watching in 2018???

  • Ayushi Acharya
    Ayushi Acharya Year ago

    love this comfort zone challenge 💕

  • Min Yoongiisangel

    Great and super useful video. I hate this anxious and nervous feeling so much that I don't step up out my comfort zone so much. And I've noticed that it only became worst. I've got scared of a lot of stuff and developed sort of social phobia. Although years back of course I was nervous but I was able to for example talk in front of a big audience or be on stage. And now I fear of everything. My best friend is getting married in August and I almost wanted not to go there just because I was scared of all this new people. I just really hate being like that. So after watching this video I hope it'll get better.
    P.S. I've got this event tonight. And it's going to be a lot of important people and I'm sooo nervous already. But now I know I should do it for it to become better someday.

  • Dikshit Gupta
    Dikshit Gupta Year ago

    So sad Till is killing his channel . Just saw that post on Facebook group.

  • Chanmony Miller
    Chanmony Miller Year ago

    I do this already sometimes. Well, not lying in the street - I'll have to try that. But I love to dance, and sometimes I will even dance in public. I've danced with two friends on the pedestrian mall at my college while others were going to class. Or one time I was in the cafeteria and I really wanted to dance to a certain song. I asked my friends if I should, and the guy behind me, who I didn't know, said I should go for it. So I did, and it was fun. I've lived for so long under the fear of what someone else will think that I do not want to let that stop me anymore. Sometimes I master my fear better than others, but I am a lot more confident than I used to be.

  • right things
    right things Year ago +1

    I have done so many silly things unconciously and felt embarrsed 😌😌 but now it's time to do thoes silly things with full of awarness to build by confidence😅🙄😄

  • Nirav Rathod
    Nirav Rathod Year ago

    This will 100% change my life
    First comment on you tube
    Thanks a lot

  • Cece Kaburu
    Cece Kaburu Year ago

    Best talk so far

  • Ashwin Somkuwar
    Ashwin Somkuwar Year ago

    Awesome video man 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 I will definitely try this

  • Shubham Srivastava

    the trick is 'besharam ho jaao... ' 😎

  • SaraK
    SaraK Year ago

    At first his voice annoyed me, trough half of the video I started to love it. Weird, lol

  • Stanlaire
    Stanlaire Year ago


  • Billy Walsh
    Billy Walsh Year ago

    Palms are sweaty knees week arms are heavy there's vomit on his sweater already mom's spaghetti

  • Muneeb Ahmed
    Muneeb Ahmed Year ago

    This has to be the most useful & productive video I’ve ever watched in my entire RU-clip History!

  • Bilegt Shurkhuu
    Bilegt Shurkhuu Year ago

    I did it in China!!! A taxi run over me !!! Now I am disabled :_(

  • Daniel Duchek
    Daniel Duchek Year ago +1

    No more low confidence yeahhh

    • Daniel Duchek
      Daniel Duchek Year ago

      I do not like and comment my own comment ?-)

  • gabe Zeuss
    gabe Zeuss Year ago


  • samar jain
    samar jain Year ago

    in India?

  • Cuong Phan
    Cuong Phan Year ago

    He has the similar look and facial expressions of Jennifer Lawrence as if he's her brother or twin.

  • Sarah Lovell
    Sarah Lovell Year ago

    Honey, that accent though....

  • Conceptual Bannerman

    Do one thing everyday which scares you and that's kid How I took engineering .

  • Ohkapi
    Ohkapi Year ago

    Thank you I up for the these challenge things... thanks! greetings from Macau

  • JonAaargh
    JonAaargh Year ago

    I hate his accent..:c

  • peng xuemei
    peng xuemei Year ago

    I think it very difficult to do in Japan

  • A.D. B
    A.D. B Year ago

    I say, do it in a place where you know some of the people, LOL

  • World - Best & Worst

    Nice info .

  • Alex Marshall
    Alex Marshall Year ago

    I want to know what the most daring thing you've ever done is, in your exposure therapy adventure.

    • Bone Cock
      Bone Cock 10 months ago

      Finger his prostate.

  • Fm Az
    Fm Az Year ago

    We are trying to break the humankind limits toward shameful actions and make it normal and act like nothing happened ... Very smart

  • Veraj verma
    Veraj verma Year ago

    Fabulous Ted talk. Really liked it.

  • Xiao Yifeng
    Xiao Yifeng Year ago

  • Trader Jedi
    Trader Jedi Year ago

    I talked to my mom for the first time, im getting more confident

  • Rahul Sikka
    Rahul Sikka Year ago

    I will do it

  • Mark l
    Mark l Year ago

    He needs some water

  • Deno P
    Deno P Year ago

    This was rly helpful!!

  • Gloful 1
    Gloful 1 Year ago


  • Jon Snow
    Jon Snow Year ago

    i left college because of my comfort ,,going everyday to college (people are watching, was heart raising)
    now i'm feeling very sad, i have nothing to do,, whole day just youtube
    i killed my career with my own hand


    Best talk ever.

  • Science of Mind
    Science of Mind Year ago +1

    Notes - Comfort Zone Challenges
    > We have also experienced FEAR
    > We have also acted despite fear
    1- Not as scary as you thought
    2- You did so many times that it stopped being scaring
    How to become more confident? How to stop caring thinking what other people think of you? How not to be hold back by fear?
    Answer: Lay down on the street for 30 seconds.
    > Background <
    In high school, speaker appeared to be confident from the outside, but from the inside he was very nervous. Why? Huge fear of rejection, not being cool, and exposed as weak.
    His old strategy: avoidance. For example, not go to party that he didn’t know anybody. Or he would drag his friends along with him so that he can get approval.
    After high school, he started to get into psychology. He started to learn from the best psychotherapists.
    Came across with Comfort Zone Challenges. Fast way to progress in business.
    Definition: challenges that you consciously put yourself in situations that make you feel embarrassed or insecure. You do it over and over until you stop thinking what other people think.
    [Similar to exposure therapy.]
    Explanation why it works: autonomic nervous system fires a fear response. You cannot control it consciously. This system learns to respond anxiously to situations that are not dangerous.
    So you STAY with the feeling until your autonomic nervous system learns that it is not dangerous.
    First comfort zone challenge (lay down on the subway station): he was procrastinating because he had a fear response, but then had an a-ha moment: “those really good excuses will always be there.” If he allowed those rationalizations to hold him back, he would never do it.
    Three things he noticed:
    1- Weird looks (Not as scary as he thought)
    2- Confused people
    3- Majority of people didn’t even look
    Got more relaxed. After 1 minute, all anxiety vanished. Got in the train with a big smile on his face.
    > Made a list of all fears and tapped into them. Some went away quickly, others took long to overcome.
    Online community: comfort zone crusher.
    International movement
    3 three things he learned
    > Consciously doing comfort zone challenge make you get into the habit of doing the uncomfortable
    Ignore excuses
    Go through discomfort
    Bleeds into other areas (gym, studying)
    > Relationship to fear completely changed
    He still has fears
    It is not a magic pill
    Even if he wants to do something but has fear, he still does it.
    > Happiness
    Unhappiness usually comes from:
    1- From comparison
    CZC makes you care less about others.
    2- From “perfect self”
    If you do CZC, you’re in the process of getting there. End of the day: “I have made a step closer to this perfect version.”
    > Exposure therapy comes from the 50’s
    > Vision: make this knowledge accessible to people
    > Fear and anxiety connects us. And this is a comforting thought.
    Do something outside of your auto-pilot. This gives an adventure spice to your life.
    “Do one thing everyday that scares you.”
    Thanks for the awesome talk =)

  • Wrecxy
    Wrecxy Year ago +1

    I laid on the street for 30 seconds, now it's my second home!

  • I'm Dirty Dan
    I'm Dirty Dan Year ago

    TedTalk has change dramatically, not 100% good, not 100% bad

  • Arpit kumar
    Arpit kumar Year ago +1

    That was really awesome ‘Do one thing daily that scares you’,I would also try to come over my fear like this.
    Thanks a lot for that.
    And ya “Comfort zone challenge “ was also nice.

  • MTF
    MTF Year ago

    iKnow iCan’t be the only one who hears Arnold Schwarzenegger 😭😭😭

  • Uckakok
    Uckakok Year ago

    The thing I was looking for!

  • Sam Plumb
    Sam Plumb Year ago

    He sounds like Arnold

  • Love Lyrics
    Love Lyrics Year ago

    It is an initial challenges like blue whale game...

  • Braden bellinger
    Braden bellinger Year ago

    Knees weak, palms are sweaty, arms are heavy

  • Rainy
    Rainy Year ago

    I did it! 4 times today :D

  • Otanduw
    Otanduw Year ago +2

    Took 45 years to learn this. Wish I saw this when I was 15.

  • Smart Yoshi!
    Smart Yoshi! Year ago

    if you have good looking , you just gonna have good confidence by urself.

  • 33Chapter
    33Chapter Year ago

    Everything he said I've faced in a way that is much more intense than what they can imagine. Yet I was able to overcome all that and was lauded with reverence. I became the one who was feared instead of the one who feared. If you follow my way it will be much harder than what he calls you to but if you succeed then you will be legendary.

  • Volantem
    Volantem Year ago

    I lied down in the metro station...Someone decided to get the metro police to talk to😂

  • danix
    danix Year ago


  • franz meixner
    franz meixner Year ago

    Is this Talk a confidence challenge? 😂

  • Navya Saini
    Navya Saini Year ago

    was this inspired from "the notebook"...

  • Qc Manager
    Qc Manager Year ago

    wise words man good job

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  • Divyanshu Deoli
    Divyanshu Deoli Year ago

    This guys is a good person as i saw him in his video with mark manson and he did not overshined him talking about

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