If you find yourself in the need of a little inspiration you should look no further than TED talks. TED stands for Technology Entertainment Design and each talk features a speaker sharing their ideas, their back story and most importantly their experiences in their life and field.

TED talks are always filled with such fascinating information and success stories which you can apply to your own life. The talks have become so popular since it’s inception in 1984 that there are now over  1,000 talks available that you can watch online.

TED talks are as interesting as they are helpful but the sheer number that is available to you might be a little intimidating. To make your browsing life a lot easier, in this article we have compiled five of the most must-watch TED talks that will excite and inspire you in equal measure.

1. Bel Pesce: 5 Ways To Kill Your Dreams

Bel Pesce is a successful entrepreneur and in this TED talk she breaks down those easy to believe myths that could be holding you back in your career. In five steps Bel shows you that things such as being young or being a woman or not attending the world’s best university don’t necessarily mean that you won’t be successful.

Self-doubt is an easy trap to fall into, and you have probably suffered from some self-doubt in your life and career which is why watching this TED talk is extremely helpful.

2. Susan Colantuono: The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get

It’s tough for women in any industry to move up the food chain, from retails stores to Wall Street, as a woman you may find yourself doing all the right things without the right results. Susan Colantuono had the same problem yet overcame it. In her TED talk, she shares simple and clear advice that can help women move up in their jobs.

While this TED talk is gender-specific anyone and everyone can use her advice and apply it to their lives to get further ahead in their careers.  

3. Tony Robbins : Why We Do What We Do

It’s common for us to question our position in the world as well as our motivations for doing certain things, primarily our careers. That nagging feeling of not knowing what or why you are doing something can take over your life.

In his TED talk renowned speaker, Tony Robbins sheds some light on the basic behaviours that make us tick and pursue things. After watching this talk you will have a better understanding of your motivations as well as a healthy dose of inspiration.

4. Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk is one of the most watched TED talks of all time and for good reason.

During this talk, Facebook’s COO gives some truly valuable advice for women looking to reach top positions in their profession. As with other gender-specific talks, this one should also be watched by anyone looking for new advice and ideas on their careers.

5. Meg Jay: Why 30 Is Not the New 20

Meg Jay has a simple message for young people in their 20s: your time is now and using your 20s to figure out your life instead of reaching goals is not the best idea. If you are just out of university and want to take your foot off the pedal you should watch this talk which will make you want to make the best out of your time and become successful at a young age. There are also great tips that people of all ages should take on board so don’t be scared off by the title of this talk.

Watching a TED talk is a great way to psyche yourself up and get yourself ready to tackle your dreams and aspirations. Seeing someone in your field, or a successful person period, talk passionately about things that affect you is a great motivator. As you can see above there are plenty of brilliant TED talks that will grab you by the lapel and shake some inspiration into you. So, the next time you need a little boost remember some of the talks on this list and watch them for some much-needed incentive.  

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