If you don’t know what Ted is, it’s time to get initiated. The non-profit started out in 1984 as a conference for everything related to technology, entertainment and design, and now has become a online and offline platform for people from all walks of life to exchange ideas and inspiration. On the website, you can find over 2,000 videos on anything from learning Chinese and photography to motivational speeches by some of the most inspiring people in the world. Been overwhelmed by your problems and insecurities? Here are five of the best Ted Talks that will make you feel like you can do anything.
1. How to find work you love by Scott Dinsmore
“The things is, everyone was impossible until somebody did it. Every invention, every new thing in the world, people thought were crazy at first.” - Scott Dinsmore
Hate your job or wondering if what you’re doing now is really what you want? This talk will inspire you to get up and do something about it, and challenge what you think is impossible.
2. Why some of us don’t have one true calling by Emilie Wapnick
“Embrace your many passions. Follow your curiosity down those rabbit holes. Explore your intersections. Embracing our inner wiring leads to a happier, more authentic life.” - Emilie Wapnick
For the many of us who identify with being a ‘jack of all trades but master of none’, you are not alone. Pursuing several passions and dreams at once is not impossible, according to multipotentialite Emilie Wapnick.
3. Why do ambitious women have flat heads? By Dame Stephanie Shirley
“I learned that tomorrow's never going to be like today, and certainly nothing like yesterday. And that made me able to cope with change, indeed, eventually to welcome change.” - Dame Stephanie Shirley
In the 1960s, a time where women were still fighting to be taken seriously, Stephanie Shirley founded her own software company ran by an all-women team. Her company is now valued at $3 billion. The hilarious and straight-forward entrepreneur’s talk will fill you with #girlpower.
4. My daughter, Malala by Ziauddin Yousafzai
“We learned from her how to be resilient in the most difficult times, and I'm glad to share with you that despite being an icon for the rights of children and women, she is like any 16-year old girl. She cries when her homework is incomplete. She quarrels with her brothers, and I am very happy for that.” - Ziauddin Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai made headlines in 2012 when Taliban extremists shot her three times for advocating against their efforts to keep girls from enrolling in school. Since then, the teenager has become the face of female education activism. Learn more about the her through the eyes of her father in this Ted Talk. If Malala Yousafzai can fight for her beliefs even after getting shot, what’s stopping you from achieving your dreams?
5. How to live passionately — no matter your age by Isabel Allende
“What have I gained? Freedom: I don't have to prove anything anymore. I'm not stuck in the idea of who I was, who I want to be, or what other people expect me to be” - Isabel Allende
The 71-year-old author shares what she’s learnt in her later years, and what she wish she had done when she was younger — something we can all learn from, no matter how old we are.
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