If you need a motivational speech to get your World Cup team fired up, or if you’re looking for inspiration to finally start that passion project, watching a TED Talk is the best way to get energized.
We’ve gathered eight of the best TED Talks that offer unique and often unexpected ways to solve some of the biggest challenges faced by twenty-somethings. These all-star speakers offer lessons on a variety of topics that every woman needs to know, and we promise, after watching these talks you won’t dread turning 30. Grab a pen and paper before hitting play – you’ll want to take notes!
1. Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over
Mel Robbins is a criminal lawyer and relationship coach who helps her clients achieve their goals by telling them what they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear. Her thoughts on the F-bomb, a.k.a the word “fine”, will give you that motivation to start living your life the way you want it.
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2. Derek Sivers: Weird or Just Different?
With this short video, Derek Sivers demonstrates to us that the things we take for granted are merely our own perceptions of reality. It’s important to bear in mind that not everyone will see things the same way as we do. If you keep this idea in mind during work, not only will your communication skills improve, but you’ll also be open to new and often beneficial perspectives.
In her book “Bad Feminist,” Roxane Gay refers to herself as a bad feminist because the majority of feminists are held up to unrealistic standards. In this talk, both funny and moving, Roxane tells us that feminism comes in all shapes and forms. There is no single right way to be an activist.
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3. Roxane Gay: Confessions of a Bad Feminist
Writer Roxane Gay refers to herself as a “Bad feminist” because the majority of feminist stereotypes have unrealistic standards. Feminism comes in all shapes and forms, as Roxane points out in this talk. There is no wrong way to go about it- do whatever you think is best!
4. Meg Jay: Why 30 Is Not The New 20
Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist sounds the alarm for twenty-somethings in America, imploring them to stop wasting time. According to her, lackluster experiences like hooking up and hanging out will result in missed opportunities later on in life – especially if they believe in the saying “30 is the new 20”. Dr. Jay stresses the importance of our twenties, as the things we do now will have an a ripple effect for years to come. Here’s how you can start living your life to the fullest right now. Ready, set, go!
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5. Tracy McMillan: The Person You Really Need to Marry
More people should focus on becoming the best versions of themselves instead of finding someone to marry. Television writer and three-time divorcee Samantha show us why marrying yourself is the most crucial commitment you will ever make. In her vows, she promised to love herself in health and sickness until the day she died.
6. Larry Smith: Why You Will Fail At Your Career
Have you ever made an excuse for why you didn’t pursue your passions? Larry Smith, an economist, tediously explains the dissimilarity between interests and passions—and how people are too reticent and petrified to follow their dreams. Why do you allow your family commitments, lack of education, or finances to hinder your aspirations? And what will you tell your child when they ask “Why can’t I” have the same opportunities as everyone else? Procrastinators beware: it’s time for a gut check!
7. Ruth Chang: How to Make Tough Choices
If you’re struggling to make tough decisions, this talk by Ruth Chang may give you the perspective shift you need. Drawing from her own life experiences, she provides listeners with a new set of tools for making choices. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up—or get married?! Get clarity on one of the most pressing questions – where should you live? This 15-minute game-changer will answer all your questions.
8. Magnus Walker: Go With Your Gut Feeling
You won’t want to miss Magnus Walker’s intimate talk – it’s essential viewing for any entrepreneur. The former CEO of rock clothing company Hot Topics teaches us that having a great work ethic and intuition can be more important than a detailed life plan when it comes to success. The former expatriate with long hair says his biggest realization is that “Passion goes a long way.”
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