Watch This Now: TED Talks That Will Inspire & Challenge You

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel stuck in a rut lately?

Between 12-hour workdays (& recovering from 12-hour workdays), maintaining my close relationships, & keeping up with all of the other million things I’ve got to do each day, it’s easy to get lost in my routines. Some days, I need more than what’s comfortable — I need to feel inspired & excited about the things I’m doing.

Where do you pull creativity from? Is it scrolling through Pinterest, trying a new recipe, going for a run, or losing yourself in a good book? For me, it’s finding magic in the mundane — taking time to slow down & notice what we overlook on a regular day. My favorite song coming on the radio. The smell of pavement after a thunderstorm. Passing pumpkin stands & taking a longer way home. Turning small moments into meaningful stories.

Each of us has a story to tell. It’s up to us how we choose to share it. TED Talks is a great platform for this. I find meaning in hearing others’ stories — their journeys, passions, obstacles, & lessons through it all. When people express what they truly stand for in this world, I feel like even my smallest ideas have the potential to move mountains. Take an hour or two to browse TED Talks for inspiration (there is a topic for literally everything) & keep reading to check out my favorites.

1. The Gift & Power Of Emotional Courage

Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, relationships, health, & happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous & potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional trutph & discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility. 

2. There’s More To Life Than Being Happy

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself & developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy & having meaning.

3. My Stroke Of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As she felt her brain functions slip away one by one — she studied & remembered every moment.  This is a powerful story about how our brains define us & connect us to the world & to one another.

4. Grit: The Power Of Passion & Perseverance

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

5. The Surprising Thing I Learned Sailing Solo Around The World

What do you learn when you sail around the world on your own? When Ellen MacArthur circled the globe– carrying everything she needed with her – she came back with new insight into the way the world works, as a place of interlocking cycles & finite resources, where the decisions we make today affect what’s left for tomorrow. 

6. Try Something New For 30 Days

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. A lighthearted talk that offers a neat way to think about setting & achieving goals. (This one’s short & sweet) 🙂

Find the value in sharing your own story. What makes your place in this world unique? What have you learned so far that others could benefit from? What might your goals look like, if only you allowed yourself to dream a little bigger? Get out of that rut — Continue finding big magic in the small details that others might miss.

x Lyss

Featured Photo by Nicole Honeywill on Unsplash


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