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Anyone looking for some inspiration? Well, look no further! Ted Talks have risen in popularity over the past few years due to their inspirational and practical advice. These talks have been designed to inspire and promote change, whether on a mass or micro level. So, the next time you are in need of a good word, check out these TED talks!

The first 20 hours- How to learn Anything

This Ted Talk, presented by author Josh Kaufman, focuses on a new approach to learning. When learning a new skill, people become demoralized within the initial stage, where many feel incompetent. Kaufman suggests 4 simple steps to rapid acquisition that will enable you to learn a new skill and ease that feeling of incompetence that often comes with learning.

Who should watch it: Anyone wanting to learn a new skill but not knowing where to start.

When you should watch it: When you’ve hit that frustration barrier of learning a new skill that causes you to feel demoralized.

Key quote: “The major barrier to skill acquisition isn’t intellectual…it’s emotional”

How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes- Adam Leipzig

This talk defines 5 core questions that will enable you to discover your life’s purpose. Whilst the questions might seem incredibly simple, they are hard to answer. Leipzig’s speech encourages a way of thinking that will bring about outward-facing happiness by centering your life’s purpose on how what you do impacts on others. Besides helping you to hone in on you general dream in life, this video will also provide you the perfect personal elevator pitch.

Who should watch it: Anyone struggling to find their purpose in the world.

When you should watch it: When you’re looking for new opportunities

Key quote: “We can all agree that the unexamined life is not worth living, but if all you’re doing is examining, you’re not living.”

How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas- Manoush Zomorodi

Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It’s because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity. Zomorodi centres her discussion on our present technology-obsessed society, wherin our minds are always preoccupied with other things, both mindless and active. What she argues is that these distractions clutter the mind. By eliminating such distractions or being more conscious of how we use these distractions, we can enable our minds to think wider and bigger than before.

Who should watch it: anyone experiencing technological burnout and/or a block

When you should watch it: when you’re ready to make a practical change in how you spend your daily life

Key quote: “By doing nothing, you are actually being your most productive and active self.”

How great leaders inspire action- Simons Sinek

Author Simon Sinek, in this speech, breaks down how iconic figures and models such as Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers have become such successful leaders in society. He introduces the idea of the ‘Golden Circle’, in which effective leaders explain why they do what they do, how they do it, and what they do. Following this order, Sinek argues, inspires confidence in the consumer. Sinek shows how a great leader makes a consumer believe not in the leader, but in themselves and how they view the world.

Who should watch it: anyone who aspires to lead

When you should watch it: before that important pitch/speech you have

Key quote: “People don’t buy what you do. People buy why you do it.”

My year of saying yes to everything- Shonda Rhimes

Powerhouse writer and producer Shonda Rhimes speaks about her revolutionary year of yes, in which she vowed to say yes to every opportunity that came to her. As one of the hardest working in the industry, she explains how ‘yes’ contributed to a much greater balance. Within this year, Rhimes saw how the use of the word yes not only improved her personal life, but also her career. She uses the example of ‘the hum’, a feeling that inspired her in her work, which used to spur her on before she lost it. In this talk, he explains how saying “yes” brought that hum back.

Who should watch it: Anyone who is a titan in their personal work field.

When you should watch it: when you feel burnt out and uninspired.

Key quote: “The hum is not power and the hum is not work-specific. The hum is joy-specific. The real hum is love-specific. The hum is the electricity that comes from being excited by life. The real hum is confidence and peace. The real hum ignores the stare of history, and the balls in the air, and the expectation and the pressure. The real hum is singular and original.”


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Essential qualities every great leader has
The work skills of the future