Monday Motivation: 10 TED Talks That Would Certainly Prepare You For Life Ahead!

Mondays aren’t always about fresh mornings and a zealous day at work! For most of us, they are fuelled by infinite cups of coffee, bouts of sleep and a ‘what am I doing with my life’ question popping here and there! While most of us are always in need of some motivation, Mondays have a peculiar tint of laziness and procrastination. And just to get you a little pepped up for the coming week and this beautiful life ahead of you, here are 10 TED Talks that would do wonders for you!

What’s best? All of them are less than 30 minutes and won’t take much of your time to get you into the positive zone. So in case, your boss is not around and work’s not keeping you on your toes, grab a steaming cup of coffee and get these in your system, right now!

#1 Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

The world has always been extra cautious when it comes to people walking on creative paths. For a writer or an artist, the risk of failure is easily communicated than for an engineer or a doctor.

After becoming a worldwide bestseller with Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the common notion that creativity is fed with grief and suffering and would end in anguish, unlike other professions.

With this 20 minute discussion, Elizabeth tends to create a shift in the social thought process about creative minds and would definitely take your apprehensions away, if you are on the same path.

#2 Jill Bolte Taylor: A Stroke of Insight

How many times do you actually see a scientist explaining you the functioning of a human brain with a real human brain in her hand? A scientist who has researched and dedicated her entire life to studying psychiatry and schizophrenia, she went overboard with her studies when she herself got a stroke, a stroke of insight, she calls it. Her TED Talk explains what a stroke feels like, second by second, finally achieving Nirvana.

#3 Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk

You might not be a smoker and alcohol has never even touched your system and you think your health is sorted? There’s one addiction that is slowly deteriorating our physical and mental well-being, day in and day out- sitting. As conscious employees of a sedentary lifestyle, sitting has become an addiction.

There is no time in the day that we are actually moving our body, spending its energy, keeping it active. In just 3 minutes, Nilofer makes you ditch the seat and take a walk for your next meeting!

#4 Ken Robinson: Schools Kill Creativity

This has been the most talked after TED Talks till now where Ken Robinson makes a chirpy discussion regarding a grave issue, a fault in our education system. Walking on the conventional path, Ken talks about how measuring intellect and capabilities in our present system is a flawed process, killing creativity in the very start.

#5 Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

We have all heard him and there’s never been an instance when he didn’t shake us up! Listen to him and you feel you that everything is possible, and you can do it!

His extremely inspiring speech involves him quoting examples of some of the greatest leaders of the world, including Martin Luther King, Jr., the Apple founders and the Wright brothers and their faith in communicating their plans to the public -“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

#6 Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

The author of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, maneuvers her TED Talk through a very blatant truth about the paucity of women leaders in corporates and businesses. Also, for women who are aspiring to make it big at their workplace, Sheryl has some practical tips to make their career climb smoother.

#7 Meg Jay: Why 30 Is Not the New 20

Being a generation of the twenty-somethings, we have always procrastinated about ticking clocks, for our careers, finding partners, reproductive systems, settling down and what not. We always thought that the 20’s is not the time to deal with life, it’s the time to make mistakes, impressions and explore.

However, Meg Jay shifts this theory, citing examples of how your 20-something is the time you get life’s most changing decisions, a time period that forms the trajectory of the rest of your life.

#8 Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

Coming from a family of educators, Rita Pierson discusses the impact of relations and human connections on learning and education. She talks about how everything we learn has been affected by an adult or a relation. Every child needs to be educated or brought up by someone who believes in him/her completely! By the time she is finished with her discussion, you would probably term her as your favorite person!

#9 Amy Morin: The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong

There has been no life that was devoid of losses, destructions, and struggles. Every step and every breath that we take, life has got it’s own unknowns to get us through. During times of turmoil, it is obvious for a human mind to go weak, weighed by its emotional attachments and heartbreaks.

Amy, who has a long list of losses herself, talks you through hardships by weaving a guard around your mind and making yourself mentally strong.

#10 Dr. Cal Newport: Quit social media

A millennial computer scientist who himself has never been on social media stands on the TEDx stage and gets you face to face with a read world problem: Social Media. Cal is only on one mission in this discussion, to convince people to quit social media and by the end of the discussion, he kind of gets you thinking!

So when are you deactivating your Facebook account?

Is there a favorite TED Talks of yours that we forgot to include in here? Do let us know in the comments below!

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