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These 10 TEDtalks will Inspire and Change Your Life

Sometimes even the bestselling novel will not inspire you. Sometimes that cup of coffee and an inspirational blog won’t do it too. During these times, you just need someone to encourage you and show you that you can face it all no matter what. We have rounded up 10 powerful, educational and passionate speeches from TEDtalk. They will help you start your day with invigorating and new perspectives. 

1. How To make Work- Life Balance Work- Nigel Marsh
“If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance.”  
2. The power of vulnerability – Brené Brown
Do you spend so much time with your computer than with other human beings? Then maybe its time you reflected on the quality of your personal relationships. Our computer literacy has improved drastically with the rise of technology but our emotional literacy has stagnated. Brene Brown challenges you with anecdotes that inspire you to spend more time interacting with loved ones. 
“We should let ourselves be seen… deeply seen… vulnerably seen. To love with our whole hearts even if there are no guarantees, …to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror when we are wondering, can I love you this much? Can I believe in this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this? Just to be able to stop and instead of catastrophizing  what might happen, just say am so grateful because to feel this vulnerable am alive, and the last which I believe is most probably the most important is to believe that we are enough.” 
3. Your elusive creative genius  – Elizabeth Gilbert

Working at a start-up can be difficult. What with most people questioning you on what you would do if the idea failed. Or whether the idea is good enough. Elizabeth Gilbert discusses the impossible expectations that face people who chose to start creative ventures. She offers important advice on how to deal with the daunting pressure. 

“Is it logical that anybody should be expected to be afraid of the work that they feel they were put on this Earth to do?”  

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4.  Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are – Amy Cuddy
Social Psychologist Amy Cudy studies how humans judge and influence each other. According to her, body language plays a huge role in how we feel about ourselves. A simple change in stance could change how you feel about yourself!

“Don’t fake it till you make it, fake it till you become it… tiny tweaks can lead to big changes.” 
 
5. The Happy Secret to Better Work  – Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor teaches positive psychology. He links research and happiness on this piece by breaking down the way we work, educate and parent. He shows that happiness has to come before success.


“If we can find a way of becoming positive in the present, then our brains work even more successfully, as we are able to work harder, faster and intelligently.”    
6. Want to be Happier? Stay in the Moment – Matt Killingsworth
Matt Killingsworth did research to find out people’s level of happiness and whether they were thinking about the past, present or future. He built an app that tracks happiness and lets people report their feeling in real time. Turns out, dwelling on plans will actually make us unhappy and we should instead focus and embrace what is happening in our lives right now.  

There is a strong relationship between mind wandering and unhappiness a short time after.   

7. The skill of self-confidence – Dr. Ivan Joseph
Dr Ivan Joseph explains how self-confidence is an important skill. Without self-confidence we are useless.  He believes you can train yourself to be self-confident and gives ways in which you can.


“Self confidence is the ability or belief to believe in yourself to accomplish any task, no matter the odds, no matter the difficulties, no matter the adversity. The belief that you can accomplish it: self confidence.” 

8. How to quit your life and reboot, Priya Parker
Many people do jobs in fear that they may never make it in their lives.  Priya Parker shares 7 important techniques that help you connect with your life passion and purpose, how to get over your fears and make something happen in your life.

“Quitting your life and rebooting, because in my experience, you often have to step back from your life a little bit to be able to see clearly.” 

9. Smash fear, learn anything, Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferris shows us how fear sometimes tells us what we should do and sometimes what we shouldn’t do. 

“So fear is your friend, fear is your indicator. …The best results I have heard is from asking the question, what’s the worst that could happen?” 

10. A kinder, gentler philosophy of success, Alain de Botton
Our lives are punctuated by career problems. In this piece, Alain de Botton examines how we view failure and success. He also questions the assumptions that underlie these two judgments.

“We should not give up on our ideas but we should make sure they are our own… Its bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is we want, only to find out at the end of the journey, that it isn’t in fact, what we wanted all along” 

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