Yeah, yeah, I know you don’t want to work while you’re trying to enjoy the last bits of summer. But who says listening to TED Talks are really working? You can pull them up on your phone, you can press play while simultaneously soaking up some rays, and you can even watch them with friends.
Sure, they’re educational, but they’re always almost a lot of fun to listen to. Plus, they come in one neat 20-minute segment.
Convinced? Good—because I have eight great ones to inspire you right now to cultivate a better life (and maybe a better career) for yourself, even on your days off.
Dan Pallotta, entrepreneur and social activist, gives a tremendous speech on dreaming for a better humanity. The idea of improving ourselves, our relationships, and our happiness scares us because it’s so abstract. But Pallotta argues that if we could achieve marriage equality and landing on the moon, we too, can seek a life of joy if we just work together.
If the end of August means it’s time to job search, this TED Talk is for you. Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch, will help you find your way back into the working world successfully—from networking and boosting your resume to gaining confidence in yourself—without having to skip a beach day.
Alok Vaid-Menon, a student at Stanford University and social activist, believes that we should change the way we perceive success. Rather than striving to get promoted, receive a good grade, or achieve some level of status, we should fail more—because a whole new world of possibilities is out there.
Don’t believe in the cold call email? Well, artist Chuck Anderson’s story will prove you wrong—by “doing something,” he actually turned his passion into a full-fledged career.
Want to know the secret to happiness? You’ll never get a better answer than this TED Talk, in which psychiatrist Robert Waldinger discusses the results of lifelong studies of content, and less content, individuals. A fascinating talk for the happily curious.
Natalie Warne, at only 18 years old, started one of the largest and most successful campaigns for the Invisible Children organization. But what she says in this talk is even more inspiring: “I had been extraordinary all along,” which goes to show that no matter your age or experience, you have the power and potential in you to make a difference.
After losing both her legs, Amy Purdy decided she was going to write her own new story. She is now a professional snowboarder, and an inspiration for all that the only obstacle that stands in your way is you.
In this funny talk, Drew Dudley, a leadership educator, talks about what it means to be a real leader—and that it’s not as hard or unattainable as we may think. His “lollypop” moment is a great reminder that you have the ability to impact someone’s life with even the smallest actions.
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Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author