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6 TED Talks that will give you the career push you need
Mary Lorenz | September 7, 2016
Wherever you are in your professional life, there’s a TED Talk for you. These TED Talks will give you the push you need to take your career to the next level.
Wherever you are in your professional life, there's a TED Talk for you. Let the following TED Talks inspire you, challenge your way of thinking, and give you the push you need to take your career to the next level.
When you feel like you've missed your calling...
"There's a difference between doing work we love, and doing work that is who we are," says Ashley Stahl, a career counselor who left a job she thought she loved years ago to pursue a career that she felt was more aligned with who she was. Stahl provides three questions to ask yourself to find your true calling, and reminds us that it's never too late -- or too early -- to ask for guidance.
When you're feeling career envy...
If you ever feel as if your job isn't good enough or that your career doesn't measure up, rest assured that you're not alone. In this revealing TEDTalk, philosopher Alain de Botton tries to pinpoint the reasons so much anxiety exists around our careers and statuses in the world -- from career snobbery to materialism to envy -- and how these factors skew our idea of success. De Botton makes a compelling case for creating our own definition of success, so that we can let go of anxiety and make room for happiness in our work.
When you're at a career crossroads...
Many people feel stuck in their jobs or careers, but they are afraid to leave for fear that they'll make the wrong move. This, psychologist Barry Schwartz explains, is called the paradox of choice. In this eye-opening TED Talk, Schwartz discusses the downside of having too many choices and provides some insight into why we can't seem to move forward -- even when nothing stands in our way.
When your dream job feels out of reach...
What holds us back from achieving our dreams? Perhaps it's believing that success will come overnight. Or maybe it's believing that achieving that dream is the only thing that matters. In this thought-provoking talk, MIT graduate and entrepreneur Bel Pesce looks at the five commonly held beliefs people having about achieving our dreams that actually stand in the way of us doing so.
When you feel like you're destined to fail...
What leads to success? In this short and sweet presentation, analyst Richard St. John provides thoughts from several fellow TED speakers -- including Rupert Murdoch, Goldie Hawn and Bill Gates -- on the secrets to achieving success. As it turns out, the "secrets" to success aren't so secret at all.
When you're just plain unhappy in your job...
Not happy in your job? You're not alone: An estimated 80 percent of people don't enjoy their work, Scott Dinsmore asserts. So what sets the other 20 percent apart? After years of research, and drawing from personal experience, Dinsmore, the founder of Live Your Legend, thinks he has the answer. In this inspirational talk, Dinsmore provides a framework for finding work we love and pursuing our passions.
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