People generally get provoked by experiences and talks more than anything. Taking that into consideration, TED (Technology Entertainment Design) talks have been influencing people for many years and also been bringing about many positive changes in the society. Here are 6 of the many wonderful TED talks that you can’t miss.
#1 GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE by Angela Lee Duckworth
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychologist turned teacher, makes us realize that IQ isn’t the only thing separating successful students from those who struggle. She also explains the idea that hard work and determination make a huge impact.
#2 THE POWER OF INTROVERTS by Susan Cain
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
In the present world, where being social and uninhibited is the trend of the hour, introverts feel very low. But in this TED talk, Susan Cain argues that introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world. She stresses that they should be encouraged to be able to brace introversion.
#3 TRY SOMETHING NEW FOR 30 DAYS by Matt Cutts
Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.
At a point of time where life becomes too predictable and boring, Matt Cutts suggests in the talk to stop doing it, take a break from the monotony and try something you’ve always wanted to, for 30 days. The only best things people should have are patience and consistency.
#4 WHAT ADULTS CAN LEARN FROM KIDS by Adora Svitak
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Child virtuoso Adora Svitak in ‘What adults can learn from kids’, says childish thinking implies bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism and these are what the world requires. She emphasizes that kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations and that grown-ups should also be willing to learn from children as much as they are interested to teach.
#5 ALL IT TAKES IS 10 MINDFUL MINUTES by Andy Puddicombe
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.
People keep their mind occupied with some work or the other which may be texting, thinking, working, etc. None of them spends at least 10 minutes of time sitting idle and doing nothing, not even thinking. Andy Puddicombe recommends this idea of 10 minutes, which brings transformation to reduce stress, retrieve concentration and be joyful. This is one of his popular TED Talks.
#6 SURPRISING SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS by Dan Gilbert
Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
This clip reveals that there are two different kinds of happiness: one which we trip over and the other which we create. Gilbert says neither of the two is any less real than the other. Everyone has the ability to synthesize happiness. He also adds that ‘Synthetic happiness thrives on the exact opposite of natural happiness wherein, we have the freedom to choose’.