7 Inspiring TED Talks That Will Help You Keep Going & Growing

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Staying motivated is a struggle as it is easy to get invaded by negative thoughts about the coming future. It is like a continuous cycle, first you are motivated for a period of time, then you fall out of it and have to build things back up again.

However, I would say you’re not alone in this, everyone around you could be facing doubt and depression, but there’s always a way to successfully keep moving forward.

Many try listing down “things to do” such as, set your goals, don’t be hard on yourself, take a morning walk, start exercising, read books, and a lot of other things that can help you get motivated. But I’m pretty sure not everyone is successful in following these things. So, what do you do?

As an example, allow me to share my experience with you all.

A couple of years back, when I was so demotivated with everything around me that I would simply go by the attitude “F**k it!” There were times when I would simply give up just by thinking about the any given situation that needed to be fixed. So one day, while I was surfing through a social media site, I came across a video of Gary Vaynerchuk (I had no idea about who this guy was). The video was titled as “A 5 Minute Plea To “Do”.” So I simply clicked on it to see what the video was about.

In the video, he quotes, “If you want to do something, just f**king do.” He also talks about how one should simply stop debating and focusing on things that don’t matter. And after watching this video, it got me all fired up to push myself way out of my comfort zone and strive for more.

Here’s that video, that I think is one of his best videos released.

A 5 Minute Plea To "Do"

Please watch this and allow me the honor of getting you to finally DO

Posted by Gary Vaynerchuk on Wednesday, 25 May 2016

If you value such inspirational/motivational speech, then TED Talks is one treasure trove that you should definitely follow.

TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design — features “ideas worth spreading.” It features motivational speeches from some of the most brilliant minds in the world and covers every topic under the sun in an easy-to-understand and inspiring way. It was started back in 1984 but only in 2006, it began to post their videos of the presentations online.

So, below are some of the powerful TED Talks that – I think – will definitely motivate you and make you feel more confident & ready to take on life, once again.

1) Your Elusive Creative Genius – Elizabeth Gilbert

In this video, Elizabeth Gilbert – author of “Eat, Pray, Love” talks about the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses and shares an idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.

2) How To Make Stress Your Friend – Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist who is known for her work in the field of ‘science help’— popular explication of scientific research — as it relates to achieving personal goals despite the inner conflict. In this video, she talks about changing stress into your nemesis. She says, in understanding that stress won’t kill your will, it will allow you to simply work through the stress in an appropriate manner.

3) How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is a British/American author, motivational speaker, and marketing consultant. In this video, he talks about how people don’t buy what you do, but they buy why you do it.

According to Simon, asking yourself the below 3 questions can help you inspire those around you:
a) What – every organisation should know this
b) How – some know this – their differentiating values or intellectual property
c) Why – only the best know this – why their organisation exists beyond a profit

4) How A 13 Year Old Changed ‘Impossible’ To ‘I’m Possible’ – Sparsh Shah

Sparsh is a 13-year old child prodigy, singer/song writer/rapper born with brittle bones (130+fractures), but an unbreakable spirit. He wants people to know how they can overcome every difficulty that comes in their way. And that, how a simple series of events can help guide other people to turn their life around as well.

5) The Power Of Introverts – Susan Cain

Susan Cain is an American writer and lecturer, and author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. She is an introvert. She says: “Go to the wilderness. Be like Buddha, have your own revelations. I’m not saying that we all have to now go off and build our own cabins in the woods and never talk to each other again, but I am saying that we could all stand to unplug and get inside our own heads a little more often.” In short, no matter where you are in your life, where you work, where you live, or who you interact with, I’m sure Susan’s concepts could resonate with you.

6) It Is Okay Not To Have A Plan – Mithila Palkar

Mithila Palkar is an Indian actress known for her characters in the web series ‘Girl In The City’ and ‘Little Things’. You might not be good at one thing but you will be better at three others. But you cannot make everyone happy. What you can do, however, is make yourself happy and that is very important.

7) Become Who You Really Are – Andrea Pennington

In this inspiring talk, Dr. Andrea Pennington shows how we can learn who we really are – or who we were meant to be – by examining our biology, our personality and temperament and ultimately discovering our unique ‘Soulprint’ to break free from social conditioning that creates self-loathing and self-rejection.

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