Ah, the New Year is on its way so we hope you’re preparing yourself for the abundance of ‘New Year, New You’ Facebook statuses coming your way over the next few weeks… Let’s face it, we all know come the 10th of January these New Year’s resolutions will be dwindling away. But, if you’re eager to get this new decade off to the best possible start, we’ve rounded up ten of our favourite inspiring TED Talks over the last few years. Hopefully they’ll help enlighten, inspire and strike positive changes going forward.
Greta Thunberg will always be known as the teenager who redefined 2019 for the better. 16-year-old Thunberg is world renowned for being an environmental activist and as the girl who personally rallied for the school strike for climate in 2018. In this extraordinary talk, Thunberg underlines the fact that we’re all extremely aware of climate crisis but we still need to wake up and change.
Having an idea is easy, it’s finding the creativity to create that’s the tricky part. In this TED Talk, author Tim Harford explores the idea of cross-training and slow-motion multitasking, and how the likes of Einstein, Darwin, Twyla Tharp and Michael Crichton construed their thoughts and productivity in this way.
Confidence is something we all struggle with at times and learning to crack open your shell can be incredibly trying. In this enlightening TED Talk, educator and activist Brittany Packnett helps to define three ways to unlock your inner confidence, and explores how to incorporate these traits into your daily life. After all, as she beautifully defines, you can’t be what you can’t see.
If you think life is all about the money, fame and success, you aren’t alone in these thoughts. Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, however, examines the 75-year-old study on adult development and pinpoints the three most important messages learned from the study, alongside a sprinkling of old-age wisdom and practical thoughts.
In this inspiring TED Talk, Katie Hood pinpoints the five defining signs you might might notice if you’re in a toxic relationship. Whether it’s with a romantic partner, a family member or even a friend, Hood explores these traits, helping you understand and exercise the art of healthy relationships.
It’s common to just hear extroverts ideas but what about the noble introvert? Susan Cain discusses how being an introvert shouldn’t be overridden, and that these traits should be enriched and celebrated among individuals.
Despite being nearly nine years old, and now that we’re in an age of Marie Kondo fans, the TED Talk says it all in a short five minute video and defines three clear rules for living your life clutter free.
Despite this talk being almost seven years old, Cameron Russell’s poignant point is still ever prevalent in today’s culture. Having begun her career at just 16-years-old, underwear model Cameron Russell explores how her winning of a “genetic lottery” didn’t lead to a particularly easy right through life.
Growing up is hard enough without having to think about what you want to do as a career, and the added pressure from parents, teachers and industry types can be overwhelming. Writer and artist Emilie Wapnick explores this realm in this heartwarming TED Talk, discussing the idea of people with “multipotentialities” – those who explore their interests and jobs over their lifetime. It’s a great talk for those who feel a little stuck in their career and those looking to explore their prospects for the future.
It’s fair to say 2019 was a real eyeopener in terms of sustainability, raising awareness about the climate crisis and championing social values. Investment Expert Audrey Choi explores ways you can invest in companies that reinforce these ideals whilst still striving as a profitable business.