4 Ted Talks Every Twenty Something Needs To See

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The evenings are drawing in now and the mornings are becoming very crisp. The days of waking up to the sight of sun beaming through our windows are all but mere memories now. It isn't all bad though... Autumn means we have an excuse to wear our dressing gowns during the day which is an ultimate guilty pleasure of mine and it's also the right time to rock a turtle neck sweater. What's not to love? The cold weather however, does admittedly make getting out of my cosy, warm bed on a morning that little bit harder so I've been using TED Talks (and cup after cup of coffee) to give me that little push to help me crawl out of bed and get on with the rest of my day. I've listed four of my faves down below to help motivate you to do whatever it is that you want to achieve.

"You have more opportunity and time to create when you have less."
This TED talk is actually one of the main reasons I decided to become a minimalist. Although minimalism isn't exactly the focus of this talk, it made me analyse my own behaviours regarding my purchases and social media over use etc and in turn I made the decision to become a more conscious consumer. I love Ann's approach in this talk, especially given that she is so young yet has so much wisdom. It goes to show that age is just a number when it comes to success and happiness.

"..Which is why I like to think of myself as treading in the deep end of a shallow profession." 
If the first talk didn't make you think, this one definitely will! We hear a lot about beauty in the media and how we should define ourselves etc. We also hear people bash us for wearing "too much makeup" so the idea of the opinion on beauty from a makeup artist's mouth really intrigued me. I felt myself nodding along to every word she said. If you're anything like me, you'll probably let out a little chuckle here and there during this TED talk too which is always a bonus!

"Never believe a prediction that doesn't empower you."
This has to be one of my favourite TED talks of all time. I love this man! There's something about his voice and the way that he talks that I find so soothing and inspiring. I've actually taken some of the quotes he uses in this speech and made prints out of them. If you're ever feeling down about anything, watching this is for sure going to uplift you! Also, he's hi-lari-ous. Amazing and strikingly honest talk.

"We have known for centuries about the transcendent power of solitude. It's only recently that we've strangely begun to forget it."
That's right. This ones for all you fellow introverts like myself out there! Susan talks about introverts in a way that you very rarely hear about: in such a positive way. Proving that introverts have qualities that are equally as important as those typically held by extroverts. This TED Talk was actually suggested to me by my brother, Adam, who works in a primary school in Hong Kong. He's extremely passionate about teaching which is what I believe brought him to this video. He said "I have been reading a lot about introversion because I feel it's important to recognise and celebrate all of my students." If you're just curious, or even a teacher yourself, you should check out his blog post about that here, where he also links to this talk.

I hope you enjoy these talks. I truly believe that there are very important, valuable messages in each and every one of these. If you're also a TED-talk-binge-watcher (if there ever was such a thing) then please leave suggestions on others that you've enjoyed and I'll be sure to check them out!

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  1. I really enjoyed this! Definitely going to go and listen to all of these now ☺️

    1. Thanks Jenny! All the motivation you need right here haha :)

  2. TED inspires me on daily basis. Love these videos. Xoxo! =)
    XO, Marina!

    1. Hey Marina! I couldn't agree more. Glad you like them!


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