5 TED Talks Videos With An Empowering Message

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From renowned scientists to politicians, many have graced the stage to share their ideas and humbling stories through inspirational TED Talks videos since 1984.

Here are 5 TED Talks videos that resonates with just about anyone!

1. Angela Lee Duckworth, Academic

On pursuing your passion and perseverance 

Ever wondered why some people are more successful than others? Why some individuals achieve remarkable things despite difficult circumstances?

As an educator herself, Angela pondered on this question for years. Based on research and studies done on individuals by Angela, she finally identified the secret behind the age-old question.

“One characteristic emerged as a significant factor for success. It wasn’t social intelligence. It wasn’t good looks. It wasn’t physical health and it wasn’t IQ. It was GRIT!”.

“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in and day out. Not just for the week. Not just for the month. But for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality.”

2. Dr. Ivan Joseph, Athletic Director

On self-confidence 

Confidence, you either got it or not….right?

Wrong! Anyone can learn how to be more confident. All you need is the right mindset. Yup, it’s that easy! Just as Dr. Ivan Joseph claims, it starts with developing the right mindset. A positive mindset that speaks of your personal greatness.

Once you do, get in the routine to find ways to keep this mindset alive every day. Slowly but surely, you will transform into the confident person you always wanted to be.

3. Bill Eckstorm, Author 

On moving out of your comfort zone

The thought of stepping out of our comfort zone can be intimidating. In fact, trading your daily routine for new ones is stressful. However, it is a crucial step for one to take in order to grow and achieve greater success. As Bill says in the video:

“What makes you comfortable can ruin you, and only in a state of discomfort can you continually grow.”

4. Meg Jay, Psychologist 

On exploring new opportunities in your 20s 

Contrary to popular belief, your 20s isn’t a decade to be taken lightly. As a matter of fact, this period is instrumental in defining your whole life, be it your career or your personal life.

Therefore, it is crucial to seize this time of your life to explore all possibilities in order to truly discover and understand your passion and life purpose.

“Forget about having an identity crisis and get some identical capital. By get identical capital, I mean do something that adds value to who you are. Do something that is an investment in who you want to be next.”

5. Stephen Duneier, Investment Manager 

On taking baby steps 

In this video, Stephen speaks about the importance of taking one step at a time. While it is always good to dream big, he asserts it is important to break down our big goals into smaller and achievable objectives.

This way we increase the possibility of committing to a goal which in turns decreases the chances of us failing.


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