Once we hit our 30s, many of us feel a newfound sense of freedom: We no longer have to do things we don’t want to just because everyone else is doing it. No longer do you buy all of your furniture from Ikea. Rather, a night spent at home has turned into an enjoyable experience. In our 30s, we learn how to balance professional and personal responsibilities. If you’re looking for a promotion or trying to figure out parenthood, these TED Talks will help you celebrate (and take advantage of) this new phase in your life. Watch this video to get some humorous yet practical tips on living your life as passionately as possible.
1. Jill Shargaa: Be Awesome
In this funny presentation, comedian Jill Shargaa teaches us how to identify when we have accomplished something great versus simply winning small successes that aren’t necessarily anything out of the ordinary. As 20-somethings, it is easy to think of every accomplishment as life-changing. But in your 30s, it is key to rank your experiences and award only the highest wins with the moniker of “awesome.”
2. Susan Colantuono: The Career Advice You’re Not Getting
You’re not the newbie in the office anymore, but you’re also not quite management material yet. What differentiates you from everyone else? Learn how to adjust your strengths to better help achieve your company’s goals from this talk, so that you can reach #BossStatus.
3. David Grady: How To Save The World From Bad Meetings
We all know the feeling of being stuck in a boring meeting, daydreaming about being somewhere else (like the beaches of Cancun). David Grady breaks down “Bad Meeting Etiquette” in his TedTalk, and he inspires the audience to follow his best practices for being productive at work and avoiding a day full of unproductive daydreaming.
4. Candy Chang: Before I Die, I Want To…
It can be all too easy to get comfortable in your day-to-day life and let go of any dreams that seem unattainable. Whether it’s because they cost too much money, would require too much time, or are simply daunting, don’t give up on your aspirations. Grab a marker and write in big bold letters, “Before I die, I want to…” Don’t let your fears hold you back from going after your dreams – Candy Chang shows us why it’s important to act now before it’s too late.
5. Mellody Hobson: Color Blind vs. Color Brave
According to the president of Ariel Investments, we should face controversial conversations instead of running away from them. In this 14-minute talk, Hobson says that the key to creating a positive work environment is understanding that employees in different professional settings may have different needs. This talk is essential for any manager who wants to be better at their job and will make you think about your personal biases and how they might impact your ability to lead effectively.
6. Jennifer Senior: For Parents, Happiness Is A Very High Bar
If you’re in your 30s and starting a family, you may be feeling overwhelmed about how to raise healthy and happy children. But don’t worry, there’s no need to spend hours browsing through different parenting books at the bookstore. Jennifer Senior speaks candidly about her journey to find happiness for her 6-year-old and how she eventually discovers that such a journey is fruitless. Why? Because life is not about being happy all the time, it’s also about making mistakes.
7. Lainey Lui: The Art of Gossip
Be prepared to have your entire perception of gossip changed. Lainey Lui argues that gossip (whether at work or among friends) can have a positive impact on the world. After watching Lainey’s talk, you’ll see your office and coworkers in a whole new light. She has a way of making you feel like she’s your new imaginary best friend.
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