TED Talks That Will Give You the Career Inspiration You Need Today

Lauren Powell

If you're unfamiliar with the ear-bursting inspiration that is TED Talks, consider this your induction. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Thirty one years later, and it boasts one of the most diverse libraries of lectures from some of the world’s most successful and inspiring people. First stop, career. No matter your position, industry or ambitions, inspiration is on the way.


Title: Why We Have Few Too Many Female Leaders

Insight: Sandberg addresses why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the peak of their chosen profession. This exceptionally motivating TED Talk also offers invaluable advice for women aiming for C-suite roles. If you love this talk, you’ll also love Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.



Title: The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get

Insight: Colantuono delivers a surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before. If you’re endeavouring to move up in your career but you're not having much success, this talk is for you.


Title: Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

Insight: While it might not sound inspiring, this enlightening and funny address from Smith reflects on the premise that most people will fail to land a great job or great career because they are afraid to follow their passion. Making excuses, Smith says, is what holds people back.

Malcolm Gladwell Outliers: The Story of Success ($23)


Title: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Insight: Achor, a Harvard graduate, trainer, author, and speaker known for his advocacy of positive psychology, discusses in this TED Talk the idea that happiness is the key to career success. Happiness is not created by what is occurring within your life and within the world, but how you perceive and process it.


Title: How To Find and Do Work You Love

Insight: Dinsmore’s mission is to assist people to find what excites them and build a career around the work they are capable of doing, in addition to understanding why 80 percent of adults hate the work they do. Dinsmore explains that the key for finding and doing work you love is completely within your control.

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