5 TED Talks for the ‘Game Changer’

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One of the items on my bucket list is to one day attend a TEDtalk. I spent my Sunday night relaxing and practicing a little bit of self-care. Sometimes I forget to take care of myself when my head is in my work and prepping for the week ahead. As I wind down, I find myself looking up some TEDtalks that really get me going and keep my motivated as an up and coming ‘game changer.’

I originally fell in love with TEDtalks and the entire program of speakers when I first saw a video of Sarah Kay, a poet, that recited a piece named, “If I Should Have A Daughter.” Her spoken word poem was so descriptive, thoughtful, comforting, and inspiring that it has stuck with me all these years. It is definitely one of my go-to’s.

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I also listen to TEDtalks at my desk and in the car during my commute to work when I want new ideas to flow through and hear life from the perspective of other people. I have found that a few of them just STUCK.

Below are a few of my favorites that really made me change my thinking and turn my mindset into one of a game changer and #girlboss. I hope that they inspire you too!

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Why you Should Define your Fears Instead of your Goals – Tim Ferriss
The hard choices — what we most fear doing, asking, saying — are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls “fear-setting.” Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.


How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …


Embracing Change – Jason Clark
Self- Explanatory – Jason covers how to embrace change.


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Lee Duckworth
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.


10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation – Celeste Headlee
hen your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”

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P.s I just realized that there is a TED Talk coming to Boston College and I missed my window for tickets… here’s to hoping that they still have availability. #fingerscrossed

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