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7 TED Talks That Will Lift You Out of Your Work Rut

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Ever feel like you need a little pick-me-up to get you through the day? No matter what your profession is—whether you work in a bank, an art studio, or a buzzy new start-up—it’s totally normal to occasionally feel like you’re in a slump. Sometimes we all need a boost to lift us up and get us feeling psyched about work again. If you’re looking for that fix, take a peek at these seven TED Talks that are sure to inspire, educate, and pull you out of your funk.

1. “How to Find Work You Love” by Scott Dinsmore

Scott Dinsmore received some pretty bad advice when he was just starting out in his career, and now he’s making sure you don’t have to hear that same, lousy info. He’ll help you decide what you’re truly passionate about and how your career can be more fulfilling.

[Related: 5 Inspiring TEDx Talks Every Job Seeker Needs to Watch]

2. “Why Some of Us Don’t Have a True Calling” by Emilie Wapnick

It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the idea of doing only one thing (or even three things!) for the rest of your life. But don’t worry, Emilie Wapnick is here to remind you that it’s OK to have a variety passions and to want to explore each and every one. She’ll show you how satisfying it can be to follow all of your callings.

[Related: Find Your Purpose With Gabrielle Bernstein]

3.How Many Lives Can You Live” by Sarah Kay

As a child, Sarah Kay was convinced she’d be able to try out every profession she’d ever dreamed of—astronaut, ballerina, princess. But now that she’s older (and knows there’s only so much time to spread around), she uses poetry to dive into the experiences of other people. Let her words ignite your own creative spark, and think about what story you’re really trying to tell.

4.Got a Meeting? Take a Walk” by Nilofer Merchant

It can get tiring to repeat the same routine day after day, but there’s no reason you can’t change things up a bit. Nilofer Merchant shares how switching to “walking meetings” has changed her life—and how it can change yours, too. Not only is it an easy way to sneak in a workout, but the unconventional environment will allow your ideas to really grow.

5. “The Power of Time Off” by Stefan Sagmeister

While you may not be able to do exactly what TED speaker Stefan Sagmeister does (every seven years he takes a year-long sabbatical!), he’s here to remind you why it’s so important to take a step back every now and then and indulge in some much-deserved time off. Even if you can only fit a short staycation into your schedule, Sagmeister will show you why time off is more than a quick cure for your workplace fatigue.

6. “What is Success?” by Sarah Lewis

How can you really define success? Art historian Sarah Lewis breaks down the value of a “near win” and the difference between success and mastery. She’ll help you reevaluate your goals and realize that reaching toward your dreams can be just as important as achieving them.

7. “Your Elusive Creative Genius” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, definitely knows about the pressure to be creative. But in this TED Talk, she’ll help you look at inspiration a little differently. Gilbert suggests that all of us have a genius inside of us, it’s just about tapping into that inner spirit. She’s relatable, comforting, and you’ll be revved up to reconnect to your inner muse. (And if you want even more of her brilliance, check out Gilbert’s new book Big Magic that talks all about the ins and outs of creative living.)

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